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Majors in Gender & Women's Studies and Creative Writing
Describe your study abroad program.
How do you see your experience having an impact on your education?
Many people think when you study abroad you get to take a break from studying hard, but this wasn't the case for me. I worked and studied harder than I had ever needed to, and I'm glad because I now have an even stronger work ethic and I'm not a fan of procrastination. While living in Copenhagen, Denmark, my main focus of study was prostitution and the sex trade in Europe and this is a potential topic of interest for graduate school. I also took a gender and sexuality class where my classmates and I talked about the lack of sex education in elementary and middle schools across the U.S. This summer, I want to work with programs that promote sex education and make sure students have better access to relevant resources.
What were some highlights while you were abroad?
I lived with a host family of four and absolutely loved them. I had two younger host brothers, Tristan (9) & Mingus (7), and we bonded over board and card games after dinner some nights. I also made a solid group of friends, all from different colleges and universities. Living in Denmark made it easier to travel, so I went to Sweden, Germany, The Netherlands, and Scotland and had a fun time exploring each of those places with friends, classmates, and by myself.
What surprised you about study abroad?
A few things that surprised me about studying abroad was how much more independence I had than when I was at Knox, how at home I felt in Denmark while living with my host family, and how much I feel like a changed person because of this experience.
Why do you think study abroad is so important?
Studying abroad opens your mind to new ideas and people and you learn your boundaries and your comforts when exploring new places. I was essentially on my own when I flew to Denmark because I didn't know anyone. But when I left Denmark I had a whole support system I was leaving. Studying abroad bonds you to so many people because they've all experienced what you did.
Photo above: Kira visits Nyhavn in Copenhagen.