Study abroad opportunities spark interests

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BY SABRINA BLANDON
ONLINE FEATURES EDITOR

After graduating high school, junior Riley Carpinteri said she plans on spending her sophomore year of college studying abroad in New Zealand or Australia. Ever since Carpinteri’s grandparents showed her pictures of their adventures in New Zealand, she said she has wanted to visit.

“When I saw those pictures, I was just in awe of how beautiful [New Zealand] was,” Carpinteri said. “When they told me their adventures, it made me want to go out into the world and make my own [adventures].”

Carpinteri said she has been thinking about studying abroad ever since seventh grade when her older cousin did so in Prague. After hearing about his experiences, she said she too wanted to travel to a different country to get new academic perspectives.

“When [my cousin] came back, he was filled with so many stories and memories,” Carpinteri said. “It made me realize that going to college isn’t just about studying; it’s about getting to live new experiences.”

While World History teacher Ches Kanno never had the chance to study abroad, he said he thinks studying abroad is an incredible opportunity for students.

“Learning is relative. I think [studying abroad] is wonderful. I wish I had the opportunity to do things differently,” Kanno said. “I definitely would have taken that route, but it wasn’t known to me. I’ve learned that it is changing people’s views [of the world].”

Kanno said he has had the opportunity to travel to over seventy-two countries. For instance, he has been to China, Japan and Thailand.

“When I lived abroad, I got a taste as to what it would be like to perhaps study and it exposed [me] to [so] much more,” Kanno said. “The point of an education is to really expose you and challenge you in the most basic ways; to make you see [the] truth in other people’s’ lives.”

Although Kanno said studying abroad is an enriching experience, he said certain atmospheres can be distracting for students.

“[Studying abroad] comes down to basic discipline; you have to know your limitations,” Kanno said. “If you are living in a city that’s popping, you are going to have to learn how to manage your time. But again, the cost benefit is definitely worth it.”

Like Kanno, sophomore Asma Ansari said she feels studying abroad is great way for students to become more independent and open-minded in their studies. However, she said she is not thinking of studying abroad once she graduates.

“Currently, I am more occupied with studies here at the Bay, so I haven’t considered going elsewhere to study,” Ansari said. “Perhaps later on, after being in college for a couple semesters, I will consider this prospect.”

Despite her decision of not going abroad, Ansari said if she had one place to go to for her studies, she would choose Mexico. Like Carpinteri, Ansari believes traveling to another country to learn could be an enriching experience.

“I would like to go to a Spanish speaking country to hone my Spanish skills,” Ansari said. “Mexico would be a great place because it has many traditions and the culture is great there.”

Although students, such as Ansari, said they are still considering the option of studying abroad, Carpinteri said she believes it is a great way to learn something new.

“Studying abroad can be a great opportunity for everyone because you are able to learn something new in a new place,” Carpinteri said. “I’m very excited to study abroad once I leave the Bay. I feel like it’ll give me more growth as a person.”

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