A. The man’s recent experience studying in a foreign country
B. The man’s interest in spending a year at another university
C. Information the man found at a booth in the student center
D. Travel opportunities offered by the ecology department
NARRATOR:Listen to a conversation between a student and his ecology professor.
FEMALE PROFESSOR:How's it going, Tom?
MALE STUDENT:Great. I was- oh! I wanted to tell you... y'know the guest speaker you brought into class last week, from the wildlife conservation center?
FEMALE PROFESSOR:Susan Brown, yes. She's an old friend from graduate school.
MALE STUDENT:Her talk, on wildlife-population modeling... well, it was very theoretical...
FEMALE PROFESSOR:[affırming] Mmm. It was certainly a change of pace from what we usually do.
MALE STUDENT:Yeah, but I think I pretty much followed along. Plus, I like to see people get so passionate about ecology...
FEMALE PROFESSOR:[remembering] Oh right... ecology's your major field of study, isn't it... yes, Susan Brown's certainly a lively speaker. What a shame she didn't go into teaching.
MALE STUDENT:Um, anyway, what I...Well, a while ago, I saw this blurb in the school paper about a- an exchange program, that's part of the study-abroad office... uh, and today there was a booth set up in the student center with a coupla students answering questions about the university's programs in foreign countries.Seeing the booth reminded me about the article in the paper and...
FEMALE PROFESSOR:Thinking about going abroad in the coming year?
MALE STUDENT:[No.] Actually, I just spent last summer studying in Tokyo... I think that satisfied my urge to travel...
FEMALE PROFESSOR:It must've been quite an experience.
MALE STUDENT:Definitely. Taking all those language courses was really challenging.But what I wanted to find out at the booth was... it's, um, a domestic exchange program.Not studying abroad, but studying for a year somewhere else here in the United States.
FEMALE PROFESSOR:[baffled, intrigued] I don't think I've heard of that.
MALE STUDENT:[lightly] Well, neither had the guys in the booth.They didn't know what I was talking about.But when I talked to the supervisor in the study-abroad office, it turns out we're part of a- a group of universities throughout the U.S. that does a domestic-exchange program.
FEMALE PROFESSOR:Huh! So, you spend, what, a year at another university, and your classes count toward your degree here...?
MALE STUDENT:Yeah, and I'd pay the same fees... tuition, room, and board... that I pay here. So it doesn't really cost any extra.
FEMALE PROFESSOR:Interesting.MALE STUDENT:And, you know, I've lived here in southern Florida my whole life.And I've always been interested in Montana... the university in Montana, where I want to go, has classes that deal specifically with the ecology there, like... [serious] I'm interested in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem.It's such an important ecosystem, being the source of three major rivers, and I want to learn more about it.
FEMALE PROFESSOR:Wow, this is a unique idea. The climate, the plants, and wildlife... it's really different from here. Probably the culture too, in a way.And don't forget about all the outdoor activities you could do there... hiking, skiing, and the national parks...
MALE STUDENT:[not interested in that] That's true. Uh, anyway, I'll have to get my application together in the next month or so. And I'll need two letters of recommendation... one from a professor in my major department...
FEMALE PROFESSOR:Consider it done.