February 11, 2014

Big Potential: Kevin Thor

Kevin Thor
Not one to shy away from adventure, Kevin Thor experienced the study abroad program of a lifetime in the fall. The junior management major from Stanton, Neb., was enrolled in the fall 2013 Semester at Sea program and fulfilled his goal of traveling the world.
 
“I love to travel and it was also important for me to have a study abroad experience while at UNL. During the spring semester in 2012, I started researching my options and discovered this opportunity,” Thor said.
 
Last year, 101 CBA students participated in study abroad programs. The CBA-sponsored Nebraska at Oxford Program, which is the most popular study abroad program at UNL, celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2013. Other CBA programs include Senshu (Japan), CIMBA (Italy) and the France Business School (France).
 
Overall, 46 percent of CBA students participating in a study abroad program received an average of $1,500 in scholarships. Thor was the beneficiary of scholarship assistance for his study abroad experience.
Kevin Thor in Lisbon

Thor checks out the vineyards while visiting Lisbon, Portugal

 
“Studying abroad will open up opportunities for me big time. I completely stepped outside my comfort zone, and I feel like this will give me an edge when I interview for a job,” he explained. “I was given the chance to learn about different cultures and grow as a person.”
 
Thor lived and took classes on a ship for the Atlantic Exploration. He traveled to 17 cities in 16 countries over 115 days. This voyage marked the 50th anniversary of the program, coordinated by the University of Virginia.
 
Every few days the ship docked allowing the students opportunities to see different cities. Thor wanted to interview two people in every city to get their perspective on global ethics as a part of a research project he worked on with Bede Bolin, former director of freshman programs at CBA.
 
“Eighty classes were offered through Semester at Sea, so there was something for every major. I took 12 credits including two management classes, an ethics class and one in geography,” he said. “It all fit into my schedule and I’m still on track to graduate.”