consequences are the same in Buenos Aires
as Chapel Hill.”
Crises also open doors
The study abroad program now stares
down the economic crisis just like everything else.
Miles says he is not too worried. He
recalled that after the Sept. 11 attacks, people were projecting that numbers would go
down, but those events, if anything, spurred
students to understand the world better
through going abroad.
“Maybe this is just wishful thinking, but
none of the students’ motivations go away
because of the economic crisis. What I
expect is that the pressure to provide summer programs will increase. But if you offer
a quality academic product that opens doors
to students, they’ll work out whether or not
they’ll make sacrifices.”
Because it changes perspectives.
“Students come back and look at this
country the way others see it,” Donna
LeFebvre said.“They’re not so self-absorbed.
They learn to be global citizens. It’s not
‘here and over there’ anymore. It’s all of us.”
Because it affirms.
Anneliese Gegenheimer plans to go to
law school, and she’s interested in living and
working in China and dealing with intellectual property law there.
“Study abroad definitely confirmed that
that is what I want to do.”
And, you know, because it’s there.
“Everybody says, ‘Oh, Cuba, no one
should go there,’” said Angelo Coclanis, a
senior history major with a Spanish minor
who has studied in Singapore and Cuba.
“But the fact that it was so frowned upon
going there was kind of the leading force
that drove me down there.”
“Carolina is a great place, and it’s awesome to be here, but you’re not going to
miss anything if you go away for a semester,”
Kennetra Irby said.“It’s almost like people
can’t imagine life going on here without
them, but it will. The classes will still be here,
the professors will still be here. You can have
this awesome experience, and then you can
come back and pick up where you left off.”
KATHERINE EVANS, a senior from Raleigh,
has worked as an editorial intern at the
Review. She is a Morehead-Cain Scholar,
majoring in English and comparative literature,
who also studied abroad in Morocco.
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