My name is Sara Shields and I’m a lecturer in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Texas State University. This will be my first time teaching a faculty-led Education Abroad program, so I’m very excited to be a part of this experience. I’ll be teaching the Mobile Storytelling in the Outdoors course where students will be creating photo and video content for our dedicated Instagram account. I’m very excited to be traveling abroad for my first time with my colleague, Gilbert Martinez, as well as 18 students.

The opportunity to go to Japan means a lot to me, personally. My mother explored Japan in her early 30’s and now that I’m in my early 30’s going to Japan, it feels like I’m following in her steps, which is very special to me.

I’ve been teaching in the Digital Media Innovation program in the School of Journalism at Texas State University since 2016. I’ve taught courses that range from web design to video production to social media. I’m excited to bring my knowledge and skills about photography, videography and social media to my Mobile Storytelling in the Outdoors course.

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