“… If you don’t stay behind” (Dr. Seuss)
Spring is an exciting season at Agnes Scott for many reasons. For our first-year class, it is the time of their global trips as a part of Summit’s global curriculum. Visit this LINK to learn all the details about your Summit experience while at Agnes Scott.
I asked some of the current international first-year Scotties to share their reflections from the trips:
Evie Wang ’19 (China): My Summit class went to New York to explore different aspects of performance. The main takeaway for me is that art is ubiquitous – I found it in the Renaissance paintings in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, in the busker’s performance in Times Square subway station, in the stained glass windows in St. Patrick’s Cathedral, and in the silhouette of skyscrapers on Fifth Avenue. I came back from New York with a new understanding of diversity: it is more than just identity; it is about ideas as well. As an international student, I am glad that I contribute to Agnes Scott’s diversity not only because of my nationality, but also my unique viewpoints, and I like the fact that different opinions are equally respected on this campus just like how diversity is embraced in New York.
Juni Lie ’19 (Norway): As a part of the SUMMIT Journeys program, I went to Nicaragua with 22 other Scotties. We went to visit three different nonprofit organizations that were mainly led by women. Apart from looking at how the different nonprofit organizations worked, we did a lot of reflection on how to be a mindful traveler. Being a mindful traveler can mean different things to different people, but we focused a lot on environmental sustainability by taking measures like minimizing water use, not using bottled water and turning off lights and air conditioning when not in the room. We also reflected upon how to have meaningful interactions with Nicaraguan people by being a courteous and positive guest. Apart from the interesting and challenging academic program, I greatly enjoyed getting to know other Scotties – the entire group grew much closer during the trip and I formed new friendships! One of the things I’ll definitely remember for a long time was the clear night sky in Granada. Each night a group of us would gather on the roof terrace of our hotel to stargaze; we even saw shooting stars. All in all the Journey to Nicaragua was a positive and enriching learning experience and I wouldn’t hesitate to go again if I had the chance!
Hai Lun Chang ’19 (Taiwan): For the first year trip, I went to Puerto Rico, which is a territory of the United States in the Caribbean though with a totally different culture from the U.S. The focus of this trip was extensive: multiple cultures, social justice, environmental conservation, history and religion. There were so many things that are valuable to me but I was most impressed by the people’s awareness of protecting their ecological habitats. Even though their environmental conditions are still well conserved compared to most contaminated cities in many countries, Puerto Ricans care deeply about protecting their environment; for example a local nonprofit organization (which we volunteered for) has been recovering a mangrove habitat for years from planting mangrove’s seeds to transplanting plants to the wetland. Impressed by the determination of the local people in Puerto Rico, I became inspired to learn about environmental situation in my country and to look for opportunities to contribute to my country’s environmental conservation projects.
The Summit trips caught media attention, too! Check out an article in the DeKalb Neighbor and a story from Fox 5 Atlanta. Also, I encourage you to visit the GLOBAL ASC 2016 Facebook page to explore other pictures and reflections that Scotties posted during their trips.
Where would you like Summit to take YOU?
Karolina Klimczak ’16
The International Fellow