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Studying Abroad Is An Opportunity Worth Looking Into

February 26, 2013 by admin

 

By Brittani Ferriola
     Brookdale Community College is offering a lifechanging opportunity, to travel to Brazil with Professor Issac Kanu to learn about the cultures of the world.
     On this 10-day adventure, students will travel to Salvador Bahia and participate with the nonprofit organization, Cross Cultural Solutions, to help local orphanages, schools, or hospitals, explained Janice Thomas, director of the International Education Programs at Brookdale.
     Why should students care about studying abroad? Thomas said, that “we cannot teach soft skills in a classroom. We may be able learn from a textbook and do research in classrooms, but actually being someplace and experiencing the challenges of facing the unknown in a new environment is important.”
     Students may ask, what are the benefits of studying abroad? “There are far too many benefits to count: cultural immersion, making friends from around the world, trying new cuisine, learning outside of a textbook/classroom setting, developing a worldly perspective on life, etc,” said Danielle Ferriola, the 21-year-old, senior psychology major at Montclair University. Ferriola opted to study abroad in Port Elizabeth, South Africa last year, and was glad she did.
     Brazil is the perfect place to experience a culture unlike any other, said Karina Stefano, a Brazilian native. Stefano urges BCC students to visit her homeland. “Brazil is a melting pot of races, cultures, and places,” 24-year-old said, noting that Brazil is a great place to gain plenty of cultural knowledge. “Brazilians are very welcoming!”
     Being in Brazil, or any foreign place, will put a person into a situation where they have tofigure out the best way to work well in a group with people of a variety of backgrounds.
     “This is a great skill to have, especially on one’s resume, or when applying to graduate school,” Thomas said.
     Kristi Marciano, 19-yearold, International Studies major at TCNJ, is fascinated in “learning about other cultures and experiencing different ways of life outside [her own] day to day experiences.” The Millstone Township resident dreams of one day traveling to Italy or Brazil, and her dream can come true, if she signs up for the BCC trip.
     The course students will be taking while in Brazil is Anthropology 106- Globalization and the Changing Brazilian Culture. Students will earn 3 credits for this hybrid format course. Before, during, and after the trip students will be expected to meet face-to-face with Kanu, although most of the work to be completed online after the trip.
     If this is something any student is interested in, applications are due by March 1. A student can contact Janice Thomas in MAC 114, on the Lincroft campus, or Kanu at ikanu@brookdalecc.edu
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