- Grinnell’s Global Learning Program gives first-year students an opportunity to study abroad with a class through course-embedded travel.
- Megan Tcheng ’19 shares her experience with the GLP course The Origins of a Liberal Education, which visited Spain and Italy.
- Megan’s GLP experience “lit a fire” and encouraged her to study abroad in Costa Rica during her third year to improve her fluency in Spanish and do a public health internship.
Study Abroad was actually a really big priority for me when I came in as a first year student. Yeah, I remember having these big lofty dreams of like me traveling through Europe. And yeah, getting to explore the wider world outside of the United States. And I was actually lucky enough as a first year student to be involved in something that's called the Global Learning Tutorial program, which is basically an opportunity for current first year is to travel abroad through a course embedded travel option. So I was in a class it was called the origins of a liberal education where we were reading ancient philosophers. And we were talking about the origins of education within the United States, and within the kind of the wider sphere beyond that. And then for two weeks of spring break, we actually got to travel to Spain and Italy. And while we were there, we walked through museums. We got to visit the very first university in the entire world. And I really saw my curriculum come to life in that moment. And that definitely started the fire. And I, during that first semester of my junior year, I also chose to travel abroad to Costa Rica. And my mentality behind choosing a program was to really be able to have an experience that I couldn't have at Grinnell. So I chose to go to a Spanish speaking country so that I could really work to become fluent in Spanish. And I chose to do a program that was more public health related, where I would be doing kind of like a one month long community practicum internship in a different city in Costa Rica, while living with a homestay family and commuting with my homestay mom to work every day. And it made it so that, you know, I could really see the applications of migrant education in these new environments. And I became a lot more grateful for what Grinnell has to offer me but I also I think, really valued that space and being able to test myself and see myself in really uncomfortable situations, but also learning how to cope with those things. And so it made it so that when I came back to Grinnell in the winter, you know, I was grateful to be back but I was also excited about the world beyond Grinnell.
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