Today’s convocation was centered around encouraging students to travel abroad during their college years. There were four students who gave personal stories about how they grew while abroad. The first student discussed the difficulty of language differences while he was trying to have a conversation with a local. He discussed the understanding he gained from this experience, and felt he could begin to relate with immigrants and refugees who did not speak the language of the country they are moving to. The next student discussed the culture shock she experienced while studying abroad in South Korea. She then gave some advice for students that were going abroad and emphasized having fun and taking advantage of the opportunity of experiencing a new culture. The third student discussed the independence she gained from studying in London for a semester. And the final student talked about the New York trip she had recently gone on. She emphasized the fact that there are trips available for people who may be uncomfortable with leaving the country for an extended amount of time. And after the student stories, the new travel opportunities for next year were announced. The faculty that will be leading these trips gave brief summaries of what the trips were all about. The convocation concluded with the opportunity to go around to different stations that represented different countries and to talk with the students that had experienced these countries.
The experience of immersing yourself in a different culture is a way to expand your worldview. This expansion of worldview is a way to grow your knowledge. Part of the Honors Program is learning about how other people know and experience the world around them. By going abroad, a student is able to get a hands-on experience of a different culture. This allows them to expand their frame of viewing the world.
I found this convocation very interesting, because traveling and experiencing other cultures are very important to me. I am slightly disappointed because many of the traveling opportunities fall on dates that I cannot be available for. This is because of how my school schedule falls and the dates of other trips fall. However, I think that studying abroad is a great opportunity that should be taken advantage of if you have the chance.