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What is Unpacked?

“The stories we tell literally make the world. If you want to change the world, you need to change your story. This truth applies both to individuals and institutions.” –Michael Margolis

In our effort to make study abroad more accessible and relevant than ever, the importance of telling our stories and creating new narratives is fundamental. The Institute For Study Abroad at Butler University is an organization built on navigating cultures and shaping global citizens, and so it is our responsibility to recognize and value the unique cultural perspectives of all our constituencies. We believe in a collaborative community; our students, our staff, our IFSA-Butler family around the world learn from one another every day. And Unpacked is a vessel for what we’ve learned, how we’ve navigated, and what we want to tell others still considering the journey of study abroad.

Unpacked is largely driven by students themselves: our logo, our web design, and most of our articles are student contributions.

Truth is, no matter what your major, the world isn’t getting any less global. Every industry in America is affected by globalization, and study abroad is a way to get ahead in the marketplace. But, we know it’s not as easy as it sounds. We all have obligations, concerns, time constraints, jobs, responsibilities, hesitations. So that’s why we’re here.  Unpacked is a place to sort through the stuff you need to know from what others are telling you (or not telling you) straight from the source: each other. You don’t have to take it from IFSA-Butler, you can take it from the stories of your fellow students. International study won’t just change your life—that’s too simplistic. It will change your opportunities, your trajectory, your family, your tastes, your resume, and, in turn, it will allow you to change the world around you. Let’s get unpacking.


“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.” –Maya Angelou

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Are you interested in contributing to Unpacked? Please contact Michelle Tolan at mtolan@ifsa-butler.org with your story or feature ideas.