I’m a senior at Southern Virginia University and have enjoyed the many opportunities that this enchanting university offers. At Southern Virginia, every student can be a superstar; we are all recognized by our peers and professors for what we achieve. One aspect of this university that I did not recognize until this summer was the flavorful experience of going on a Travel Study trip. I had heard wonderful stories from students about their travels, but I didn’t think I would be able to go. Once I found the time and learned that I had earned a $400 voucher, I decided it was time to further enrich my Southern Virginia experience.
I joined Dean Bouchelle and Professor Brotherson’s group and we traveled to China! Along with traveling to China, I received three business credits and three humanities credits — what a deal!
I gained a broader prospective of the business world as we visited some of the leading cities in the world: Shanghai, Beijing, and Hong Kong. While we were in Shanghai, we met with top executives from Ford, Melaleuca, Nu Skin, and Abbott, and lawyers at the Martin Hu & Partners law firm. It was fascinating to interview the individuals about their experiences as they worked in China. I feel more enriched and aware of opportunities since traveling to China.
On the trip, we were fed like kings and queens — the meals were unbelievable! My favorite experience was meeting some of the students that were English majors at our sister school. I made immediate connections with a few of the girls, and we continue to keep in touch today.
I experienced a different culture – one unlike anything I had ever seen before. When I returned home, I was full of gratitude and appreciation for the opportunity I was given at Southern Virginia.
I made a video in hopes of highlighting my experience. I encourage the knights at Southern Virginia to continue to complement their experience at Southern Virginia and take advantage of a Travel Study opportunity.
(Post and Video by Kirsten Laurence ’15.)