[00:00.00]Narrator: Listen to a conversation between a student and his ecology professor.
[00:04.28]Professor: How is it going? Tom.
[00:06.53]Student: Great! I was, oh. I wanted to tell you.[00:09.43] You know the guest speaker you brought into class last week from the wildlife conservation center.
[00:14.13]Professor: Susan Brown. Yes. She is an old friend from graduate school.
[00:17.68]Student: Her talk on wildlife population modeling, well, it was very theoretical.
[00:22.59]Professor: It was certainly a change of pace from what we usually do.
[00:26.57]Student: Yeah, but I think I pretty much followed along. [00:29.23]Plus, I like to see people get so passionate about ecology.
[00:32.52]Professor: Oh, right. Ecology is your major field of study, isn't it? [00:36.70]Yes, Susan Brown's certainly a lively speaker. [00:39.86]What a shame she didn't go into teaching.
[00:42.11]Student: Uh, anyway, what I, well, a while ago, I saw this blurb in the school paper about an exchange program that's part of the study abroad office. [00:51.67]And today there was booth set up in the student center with a couple of students answering questions about the university's programs in foreign countries. [00:58.91]Seeing the booth reminded me about the article in the paper and...
[01:01.73]Professor: Thinking about going abroad in the coming year?
[01:04.16]Student: Actually I just spent last summer studying in Tokyo. [01:07.40] I think that satisfied my urge to travel.
[01:09.85] Professor: It must've been quite an experience.
[01:11.65] Student: Definitely. Taking all those language courses was really challenging. [01:15.57] 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.
[01:25.24] Professor: I don't think I have heard of that.
[01:27.07]Student: Well, neither had the guys in the booth.[01:29.21] They didn't know what I was talking about.[01:31.40] But when I talked to the supervisor in the study abroad office, it turns out we are part of a... a group of universities throughout the US that does a domestic exchange program.
[01:40.39]Professor: Huh! So you spent...what...a year at another university and your classes count toward your degree here?
[01:46.81] Student: Yeah, and I paid the same fees, tuition, room and board, that I pay here. [01:51.41] So it doesn't really cost any extra.
[01:54.52]Student: And you know I’ve lived here in southern Florida my whole life.[01:57.66] And I’ve always been interested in Montana. [02:00.11]The university in Montana, where I want to go, has classes that deal specifically with the ecology there. [02:05.60]Like I am interested in the greater yellow stone ecosystem. [02:09.36]It is such an important ecosystem being the source of three major rivers, and I want to learn more about it.
[02:14.64]Professor: Wow! This is a unique idea. [02:16.93]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.
[02:30.81]Student: That's true. [02:31.88]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.
[02:40.26]Professor: Consider it done.
[02:41.12] Student: Thanks.