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Hello all, I just graduated with a BS in Mechanical Engineering. I am strongly considering a masters program after a few years of 'industry experience'. I now have 5 weeks at home while working 40 hours a week, before I head over to Europe with a one way ticket. I may be gone for a month, or I may be gone for months. I am undecided on whether I should ramp up the GRE studying now and take the test before I go traveling, or study now, then study more when I return. For an engineer, I believe I have fairly strong reading comprehension and writing skills. I feel that taking the GRE before I leave would be advantageous, as my 'study muscles', as well as analytical thinking skills are in good shape. However, reading that many people take around 3 months to study gives me doubts. I would greatly appreciate any input you'd care to share, and/or what you would do in my position. Thank you for reading!
I am finishing up my applications for an economics Ph.D. and am wondering what to do with my summer. I currently work as a research assistant but plan to quit in time to have a month or two to pursue something else before I start a Ph.D. program this summer/fall. What should I do with this time? P.S. In case you were wondering, "Jon Watson" is an alias.
:question: Question : Does travel help to promote understanding and communication between countries? :idea: Answer : History has shown us that travel helps to promote understanding and communication between countries. Historically, modern international relationships build on numerous international travels since the far past. Centuries ago, when interregional travel was almost impossible due to the level of technology at that time which hardly enabled it, almost every society lived only within their own territory. As a result, they hardly knew or even didn’t know at all the existence of other societies and other cultures beyond their territory. If one day, people from other society with different culture happened to come to their territory, such people would probably be misunderstood or treated improperly since those two societies had never met before and thus, couldn’t be expected to understand each other. The gradual advancement of technology eventually made interregional and even intercontinental travels possible. As a result, out of curiosity and in need to find new resources, many people initiated explorations to areas they had never visited. In such explorations, intercultural interactions took place and, in many places, built mutual understanding and good communication between the cultures involved. History has recorded many explorations which served as bridges between different societies and different cultures. A large number of such explorations were even so instrumental in shaping other cultures that their influences remain up to now or potentially forever. For example, explorations by Chinese, Indians, and Arabs to Indonesian archipelago since the far past result in numerous Indonesian words derived from Chinese, Indian, and Arabic languages. Many grammatical structures of Indonesian languages are also based on their Chinese, Indian, and Arabic counterparts. Numerous similar examples can still be found in Indonesian cuisine, art, lifestyle, and other aspects of life. Similarly, many other countries have also benefited from international travel. It has contributed significantly to cultural enrichment of many nations since the far past. Such enrichment would never take place, should travel not promote mutual understanding and communication between countries. :)