Something for Everyone: Learning about the World Abroad

2021-06-07T11:04:08-05:00

Looking back to the beginning of my academic journey, as a burgeoning, bright-eyed undergraduate, I never would have predicted I would one day receive a master’s degree in Global and International Studies. As much as the topics of the international field currently stimulate my mind and nourish my sense of wonder and discovery, I was not born with a natural curiosity for international affairs. The path between then and now was indeed a very convoluted one, with twists, turns, surprises, drastic redirections, and cosmic intervention. I stumbled quite unexpectedly into the international field – an experience that many of you [...]

Something for Everyone: Learning about the World Abroad2021-06-07T11:04:08-05:00

Increasingly International

2021-06-30T14:17:12-05:00

Growing up in Kansas City, I always had a fascination with other cultures. In elementary school there were periods of times when I would immerse myself in research about Ancient Egypt or the Elizabethan Era. After having the opportunity to visit Thailand and then paying my way to Cuba, I knew I wanted international travel to be a large part of my life. After those two trips, there was no doubt that I would study abroad in college. However, it was not until my junior year of high school that I considered actually going to college abroad full time. My [...]

Increasingly International2021-06-30T14:17:12-05:00

The Macchu Musician from Missouri

2021-06-30T15:03:23-05:00

Something I have always understood is the power of making connections. Being a musician, community is everything. Connections are key to sustainability and the pursuit of happiness. I decided to take this approach in my study abroad program in Cusco, Peru, in the summer of 2018. I quickly realized within my first interactions that I needed to establish a boundary that allowed everyone to understand my language barrier. One of the phrases I said most often in Peru was "Lo siento, pero mi español es básico," meaning, "I'm sorry, but my Spanish is basic." After that was "Hermosa!" because I [...]

The Macchu Musician from Missouri2021-06-30T15:03:23-05:00
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