Wednesday, October 27

Study Abroad

Study Abroad: Attaining a wider perspective
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Study Abroad: Attaining a wider perspective

by Jamila Jacob   The ability to travel, both domestically and internationally, is one of the greatest privileges a human could have. Traveling, especially internationally is one of the most sought after and costliest leisure activities to exist. A great benefit to attending college, apart from having access to higher education, is having study abroad opportunities at one’s disposal. In fact, many students’ first travel experience might have been through a study abroad program at their institution. At Lincoln University of Pennsylvania, though a relatively small institution, there are countless opportunities to travel abroad to pursue college courses. Students have been to a variety of continents where they have visited countries like South Africa, Kenya, Spain, China, Ir...
Life At Sea: Japan is #Woke
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Life At Sea: Japan is #Woke

  By Chanel Watson   Kobe seems like a beautiful place, but I will never actually know. As soon as the ship docked in Japan, I was on my flight to Tokyo. After taking a 12 day trip from Hawaii, I was ready to experience the New York City of Asia. As I got off my plane and hopped in the cab, you could easily feel the tension between them and me, the Black students and Asian locals. As we walked through the terminal to the taxis, I could feel the stares at my brown skin and jet black braids. I appreciate that Japanese people try to be discreet about their stares, but I knew that the last thing they expected to see during the day was a group of 7 Black students. When we got out of the airport, Tokyo was everything I had seen in the movies. Bright lights, Japanese ...
Life at Sea: Curry, Chaos and Curiosity in India
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Life at Sea: Curry, Chaos and Curiosity in India

  By Chanel Watson I have had 5 adventurous days in a country that triggers all 5 of your senses. Imagine the smell of spices and tastes of curry; colorful saris and marble art are the cultural attractions that catch your eye. Rub the genie lamps with the tips of your fingers while listening to the traditional Indian music through their string and percussion instruments. Welcome to India. My trip started by going on a field program with my International Marketing class. We visited the Namami Wellness Resort in Kochi which is considered a getaway for people trying to find peace and serenity. We were welcomed with flowers and coconut milk, and then taken through a beautiful garden that leads to a shrine. In Hinduism, they worship Dhanwanthari, an avatar of Vishnu, to pra...
Series: My Semester at Sea
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Series: My Semester at Sea

Series: My Semester at Sea I think I Found Home By Chanel Watson During the pre-port before we dock in Dakar, Senegal you can feel the tension in the room because everyone doesn’t know what to expect. This is the first time “Semester at Sea” has ever taken students to Senegal, and not a lot of professors have traveled there before. Everyone would get off the boat uncertain of the area and the behavior of the people. However, one thing was certain among the Black students; this would be the country that we come face to face with our past. As soon as we got past the gate from the port, we were bombarded with Africans trying to greet us and become our tour guides. These people have never seen me, but when they saw my skin color they greeted me saying “Welcome my sister.” Because w...
Series: My Semester at Sea
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Series: My Semester at Sea

Series: My Semester at Sea In Morocco By Chanel Watson Morocco was definitely the most culturally different port we have visited. Everyone had to rapidly adjust to conforming to their religious dress, food, fast paced atmosphere, and polluted air. Despite all of the changes, this was the port where I definitely experienced the culture. My first day In Casablanca was pretty easy. I had a field lab for my marketing class that required me to visit the Morocco marketing team for Coca-Cola. I learned about the differences in products and ingredients they provide in Morocco as well as the process for coming up with new marketing ideas to constantly reinvent the Coke brand; whether it is large scale, such as putting everyone’s names on a bottle, or providing personal experiential even...
Series: My Semester at Sea
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Series: My Semester at Sea

Series: My Semester at Sea Valencia and Barcelona: The Pretty Cities By Chanel Watson I know everyone wants to visit Madrid and Barcelona when they think of visiting Spain, but I definitely encourage everyone to visit Valencia. The beauty of it will blow your mind. At “Semester at Sea,” each class participated in a field lab, similar to a field trip. During a field lab, we attended a location that relates in some way back to our class and the culture of that country in particular. In Spain, I had a field lab for my Managerial Finance class. We went to the Stock Exchange of Valencia where we had someone from the marketing team explain to us the purpose of the stock exchange and how it worked in the best English she knew how to speak (which wasn’t that good, but we got the point.) ...
Series: My Semester at Sea: Culture Shock: Get Over It
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Series: My Semester at Sea: Culture Shock: Get Over It

Series: My Semester at Sea: Culture Shock: Get Over It By Chanel Watson Once you have been surrounded by ones culture, you are no longer vulnerable to your surroundings. Culture is not something you should be shocked about or afraid of, it is something to indulge in and appreciate so you can get over your fears. Many people miss out on the opportunity to study abroad because they are scared of a new normal. When I say the new normal, I am speaking in terms of learning someone else’s normalcies and everyday lifestyles that are different from yours. In the United States, we have dinner around 6 or 7 p.m.; in Greece, they don’t have dinner until 9 p.m. or 10 p.m.. In Spain, Futbol (or Soccer as us Americans like to call it) is their number one sport. If you don’t believe me, atten...