Growing up in a military family meant plenty of travel opportunities for senior LaKeisha Myers. The sociology major spent three years living in Germany before settling in Columbia, S.C. During her time at Winthrop, Myers recognized a familiar feeling: the urge to travel. "Travel is in my blood. I decided that a study abroad experience would be the perfect way to continue my education while fulfilling my travel dreams," said Myers, who hopes to one day work for the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.
After discussing her options with International Center staff members, Myers, who received a nationally awarded Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship for study abroad, decided to get out of her comfort zone by studying in Egypt. After a 10-hour plane ride, she stepped into a culture full of new opportunities and experiences. In addition to her semester-long studies, which included intensive Arabic language classes at the American University in Cairo, Myers visited the Great Pyramids, the Sphinx and other sites during her free time.
"The Egyptians were amazingly kind and gracious," said Myers. "This region of the world receives lots of negative publicity, and, in my opinion, it’s mostly false. This experience made me more culturally aware."
Myers also believes that students should take advantage of study abroad opportunities. "It’s something everyone needs to experience. Studying abroad is an extension of what Winthrop is teaching us – to be culturally aware and to become a contributing member in a global society. My study abroad experience is yet another highlight of my time here at Winthrop."
Last updated: 03/23/2011