Ciara is majoring in Finance and Accounting, while also pursuing a certificate in Global Leadership. She has studied abroad on an Ohio-Credit program to Mandeville, Jamaica. She has also traveled domestically, including a social distancing trip into the mountain of Colorado over the summer.
What skills do you feel you've gained from going on a global program?
Based on the trip that I went on, most of my growth is personal. I've realized how sheltered I was, not that this is necessarily a horrendous thing, but understanding how people in different countries live is really important to me. I've also learned how the tourism industry affects other countries, ways to see more of the places I'm traveling to, and that people really aren't that different in other countries. Sure, there's a bit of a cultural difference, as there will be with almost all of the places you go, but people are people. All we have to do is talk to one another.
What is one of your favorite memories from your global program?
On the last day of teaching, we went outside with the 5th graders for our morning activity. That morning it was talking about what we enjoyed the most from the past week. All of the kids talked about how happy they were that Josie and I were there to teach them and how much they would miss us. The rest of the day they wrote both of us lots of cute notes that I still have.
What advice would you give a student you is interested in a global program?
If I had to give any advice, it would be to go for it. The idea of going to a country with a group of people you don't know to do a task that seems very daunting can be worrying, but I had the best time. In most cases, you're there to experience the country and the community you are helping, studying in, etc. and that is what you will remember the most from your trip.