Students Encourage Fellow Scholars to Study Abroad

September 14, 2011

Cassanda Yankala
Cassandra Yankala (Class of 2013) is currently enrolled in the Sydney program.


One of the most intriguing elements of a Rollins education is the opportunity to participate in extraordinary abroad experiences. Approximately 73 percent of Arts & Science students have an international experience before graduation, a statistic that ranks Rollins among the top 10 colleges and universities in its category, according to the Institute of International Education.

Nearly 250 Rollins students — the largest group ever in the College’s history — spanned the globe throughout summer and fall 2010. The students traveled to 15 countries including Australia, Nepal, Scotland and Spain. 2010 field-study opportunities included trips to Costa Rica, China, Mexico and rural Guatemala.

“I think in order to be a global citizen you need to experience ‘citizenship’ in other countries,” said Denise Lee (Class of 2012) who spent this past summer studying and interning in Madrid, Spain. “Any travel experiences, in or out of country, is an eye-opening event because you realize the little things we take for granted or think are the norm in the U.S.”.

During her stay in Madrid, which was Lee’s first trip outside of the U.S., she interned at International Cooperation Center of Participation and Integration of Hispanic-Ecuadorians. “I taught a 90-minute adult English conversation class that I had to plan myself,” she shared.” I also researched some children’s activities to do during their summer camp, where I taught two English language sessions.” Lee also studied Spanish and participated in weekend field excursions to Granada, Toledo and Candelario.

Around that same time, Cassandra Yankala (Class of 2013) was departing for her internship in Sydney, Australia. Yankala will work and study in Sydney until December 3. “While giving tours to prospective students, I always tell my groups that our campus is so much bigger than meets the eye for it stretches across the world,” said Yankala. “Rollins provides such tremendous opportunities to travel, learn and see what it means to be a part of this world. It’s something that I think is best understood when you are thousands of miles away, living outside your comfort zone, but knowing that you have the support and enthusiasm of such a great school cheering you on with each adventure you take. “

Yankala lives with a host family in Bondi, one of Sydney’s coastal suburbs.  She attends the University of Sydney and in October she’ll begin a marketing internship at HOYA Lens Australia. “Every day I wake up and see something and experience something new, from getting lost in Australian slang to wandering around the city and discovering new parks, restaurants, and markets,” she said. “There are moments when I am by the harbor that I have to stop and make sure this is real. I know that I will walk away with a greater appreciation of the world around me as well as a passion for traveling. Additionally, I think I have and will continue to grow personally in exactly who I am and who I want to become. A 14-hour time difference is not easy and Australia is just far enough away that you feel as if you are really independent, testing what you know and learning about who you are.”

Start Planning Your Next International Experience at the Study Abroad Fair

On Thursday, September 15, the Office of International Programs will host its annual Study Abroad Fair, a one-stop-shop event designed to give students all the information they need to start planning their international experience. Advisors from financial aid, career services and representatives from various study abroad facilitators will be on hand to answer questions and make recommendations.

“This year we have completely re-designed the study abroad fair to reflect the interests and needs of our students," said Director of International Programs Giselda Beaudin. "The fair will also introduce students to our new approved semester programs: a Latin-American Studies program in Buenos Aires and an expanded partnership with SIT, an organization that offers hands-on study abroad opportunities in over eighty locations around the globe.”

This year, two lucky student attendees will each win a $500 study abroad scholarship.

Study Abroad Fair
Thursday, September 15
McKean Gym, Alfond Sports Center 
11 a.m. - 2 p.m.

By Kristen Manieri

Office of Public Relations & Community Affairs
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