In the maze of suburban communities that seem to stretch for miles, lays a young city called Maple Valley. Within the confines of this civilization is a house. This house lays on the side of a looping cul-de-sac. It’s outer walls splashed with warm hues of peach and light brown which are complimented with white trim and a cream white door. The dwelling evokes a welcoming sensation as you walk towards the entrance. Softly walking on the stoney step that led towards the entrance, you rap your knuckles on the heavy wood door. With two heavy knocks, Clunk! Clunk! Suddenly you are greeted by a flash of snowy white hair, and a big smile. You could see small wrinkles at the corners, that show he laughs a lot. The man had great blue eyes that show his kind-hearted nature, and wisdom. Whom belongs to who a person i’ve looked up to all my life, my grandfather.
Additionally, I have never been away from my family or friends for longer than a couple of weeks. I chose to enroll at Ole Miss because it is the only place I could imagine attending college; however, I am less than an hour from home. I plan on using my six weeks abroad to grow independently as an individual, encourage and explore my curiosities, and truly dedicate myself to academic and cultural growth. This is the ultimate opportunity for development as a citizen scholar. I will be challenged not only in the classroom, but also throughout the entire duration of my studies in
The study Abroad Program is a unique opportunity for myself as a student at BMCC. As a Liberal Arts student and Italian Language learner, I believe and trust myself that I can make great use of this amazing language that I have put a lot of desire and commitment into.
You never truly know how much someone means to you until they are gone. All of the hot summer days spent at her house, the home cooked meals for lunch, the daily routine of watching game shows on GSN, the hours and hours of playing monopoly, and working the concession stand at Evans Park for the summer are now just cherished memories that I have with my grandma.
There has been many fights in history that took place for America. Many of those wars we have won. Many of those soldiers have died. Our American soldiers were so strong, loyal, and brave just for this country. These solders influence me every day and make me be brave in the small things I do. My grandpa was in Vietnam. If he wouldn't have been brave, he wouldn't be here today. He even got hit by a bomb, and through god he survived. These soldiers inspire me everyday.
When coming to college the words “study abroad” is thrown around frequently to the students. If you stop and pay a little attention you can really see the positives to studying abroad. The Italian Life and Culture program at Meredith College can really help influence students in benefiting to all of the educational, personal, and social aspects of studying abroad.
Traveling and learning about other cultures have been an important part of my life. I am actually planning on taking a gap year between high school and college. I believe that the experiences and world perspective I will learn while my year in Italy as an exchange student will bring a unique perspective to the honors college. I also will be increasingly open to others openings, helping to create a more open learning environment, which I hope will pave the way for a success if I am admitted to the honors
Amazingly my grandmother and namesake landed in America on July 4, 1906 and I will land in Italy on July 4, 2016. As an older student and parent I know studying abroad is a once in a lifetime opportunity for me. It will be one of the best and most important aspects of my learning journey. The prospect of learning in a foreign country from instructors with different teaching skills as well as different curricula excites me. Being a non-traditional student allows me to fully understand the opportunity that lies ahead. It will allow me to learn about a different place and culture. I believe a person can never stop learning and improving herself, and this will give me an amazing opportunity to do
Studying abroad, which has become a common phenomenon, can be a fun and meaningful experience. Many university students are interested in studying abroad because it gives them an opportunity to explore different cultures and broaden their horizons. As Mark Sherry, Peter Thomas and Wing Hong Chui argue in “International Students: a Vulnerable Student Population,” the goals that students pursue international study are often to acquire different ways of learning and to improve cross-cultural understanding, which helps them gain self-confidence as well as maturity (33). This experience turns out to be beneficial to those who study abroad. Nevertheless, when students are surrounded by a wholly new environment, many problems that hinder their
I have an abundance of grotesque, yet, barely visible memories of childhood. However, no breathtaking family trips, no unique family togetherness that taught a moral lesson, no abnormal holidays. We still ate family meals together, but most often the children and adults lived in different worlds. When I needed comforting or wanted the best of both worlds, I could turn to my Grandpa.
Fast forward 10 years, and I see myself sitting around a table with people from nay countries and endeavoring to reach a resolution. Although this career in international is important, I hope to balance my life between my career and other meaningful life experiences like developing deep companionships, travel, culture and giving back to the community. Because preparing for a meaningful life will result in preparing for a more focused and successful career. I enjoy being able to challenge new circumstances and therefore, it is my hope that my undergraduate education will offer me the opportunity to enhance my academic knowledge and qualifications and a variety of experiences both with the confines of the university and outside of the university.
I plan to attend the Kansas State University in Italy Faculty led program so I can gain more knowledge and creativity as I continue working towards my degree in graphic design. I have always wanted to visit Italy as well. I think this would be the perfect experience for me since it is held through the Art department and led by my very own professors, who I will continue to work with after traveling abroad. Personally, I have always loved the idea of traveling to other countries to be able to learn and appreciate their cultures first hand. I believe the breathtaking architecture and landscape in Italy will greatly inspire and impact my graphic design and photography abilities the most. This experience will truly help me to grow as an artist. Therefore, I know when I come back for the fall semester that I will be bursting with ideas and inspiration for my art projects. In my future professional career, I would love to be able to work internationally with foreign companies. This program will greatly improve my chances of having that opportunity and give me the skills and knowledge I would need to succeed in doing so.
I think the person who has had the most profound effect on my life besides my parents is my grandfather. I never realized before how much of an effect he had on my interests and goals for the future. Years ago, he used to tell me stories about historical events and experiences he had fighting in Vietnam and my great grandfather fighting in World War 2. His vivid descriptions always made it so interesting and, in some cases, more light-hearted than what actually happened. To this day he still has more stories to tell me, and never fails to captivate my interest. In doing this, he opened my eyes to my biggest interest, history, and encouraged me to pursue this interest throughout school. I feel like it would help to give a short summary of his life and how it affected me.