See stories from GVSU Study Abroad Scholarship Recipients before,
during & after their adventures abroad.
Dear Murray Family,
As a first-generation, low-income student, I had not imagined
participating on a study abroad program during my time at Grand
Valley. Therefore, I am tremendously grateful for your contribution
and investment towards my study abroad experience in Limerick, Ireland
during the semester of Fall 2013.
My sixteen weeks in Ireland taught me that no matter how much I think
I know (whether through research or subjective personal experiences),
to always strive for curiosity. This curiosity sparked my interest in
access to education, which ultimately has allowed me to do
undergraduate research about study abroad access and strive towards
attaining a PhD in Sociology of Education. My Irish experience also
gave me the opportunity to reflect on my own culture, resulting in a
newfound appreciation for my Mayan heritage. Lastly, the memories and
friendships I made while in Ireland are immeasurable and truly speak
to the “once-in-a-lifetime opportunity” that is study abroad.
Thank you for everything that you have done to promote and increase
access to study abroad opportunities to underrepresented populations.
I truly appreciate the support.
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