Short Essay Contest Winner
Posted by Andy Steves in on September 19, 2014.
Cheyenne Dixon - Washington State Community College Consortium for Study Abroad
There is a saying that says “if you speak three languages then you are trilingual, if you speak two languages then you are bilingual and if you speak one language then you are American.” It may sound funny, but it’s true. As Americans, we don’t take the time to fully appreciate the world around us. We stay in our own little bubble and we are fine with that. But what would happen if we were put in a position that is out of our comfort zone? We would be forced to experience the world, not just push through it. Community, tradition, friendship, loyalty, culture; are a few of the things that we have been missing. Through study abroad, students gain experiences they would have never had. They meet new people, learn how they live, try new things and acquire a respect for different cultures. Hundreds of wars have been fought because of someone’s inability to understand a different culture. By gaining a new understanding and respect for other cultures students could increase communication all around the world. Then maybe, just maybe after generations of students obtain this insight, we could have a world that values communication and peace.
I absolutely loved my WSA experience. I traveled to Rome over Easter Weekend and was able to do so many incredible things while I was there. We stayed at the Yellow Hostel which is kind of far from a lot of things but it was so much better than I was expecting it to be. I would definitely...Reagan Brown, Southeast Missouri State University ~ Universitat Politecnica de Valencia, Spring 2016
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