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MODULE 2: Pre-Departure Survey 

Step 1

Students complete the Sojourn Readiness Assessment (SRA) by Brent K. Jesiek. (Access restricted to Purdue West Lafayette faculty and staff.)

The Sojourn Readiness Assessment (SRA) survey is designed to evaluate an individual's sense of preparedness to go abroad. It is organized around three subscales, the first focused on affective characteristics (e.g., anxiety, nervousness, worry), the second on knowledge/cognitive considerations, and the third on expectation of benefits. The SRA tool is recommended for: 1) measuring changes in travel readiness among individuals, such as by comparing their SRA scores before and after orientation or training activities, and 2) diagnostic purposes, including to identify individuals who are feeling especially unprepared to go abroad. The tool is still undergoing development and validation, but is available for use by affiliates of Purdue University. You are kindly asked to share results with the lead investigator Brent Jesiek.

Step 2

After careful evaluation, each student selects the SRA item among items #1, 4, 7, 10, and 13 that most relates to them.

After careful evaluation, each student selects the SRA item among items #2, 5, 8, 11, and 14 that most relates to them.

After careful evaluation, each student selects the SRA item among items #3, 6, 9, 12, and 15 that most relates to them.

Step 3

Reflect on each of the 3 items selected and write a four-sentence reflective paragraph on each of the 3 items identified:

The first sentence is the topic sentence to clarify which item is selected. The second sentence describes the reasons why or interprets why this item was a priority. The third sentence evaluates the item as a priority. The fourth sentence addresses how the student will address this concern or what the student plans to do about item selected or is an “I will …” statement.

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