Listen to a conversation between a student and his ecology professor.
How's it going, Tom?
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?
Susan Brown, yes. She's an old friend from graduate school.
Her talk, on wildlife-population modeling... well, it was very theoretical...
[affırming] Mmm. It was certainly a change of pace from what we usually do.
Yeah, but I think I pretty much followed along. Plus, I like to see people get so passionate about ecology...
[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.
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...
Thinking about going abroad in the coming year?
[No.] Actually, I just spent last summer studying in Tokyo... I think that satisfied my urge to travel...
It must've been quite an experience.
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.
[baffled, intrigued] I don't think I've heard of that.
[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.
Huh! So, you spend, what, a year at another university, and your classes count toward your degree here...?
Yeah, and I'd pay the same fees... tuition, room, and board... that I pay here. So it doesn't really cost any extra.
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.
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...
[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...
Consider it done.