Student prepares for adventure abroad
Published: Friday, February 15, 2013
Updated: Friday, February 15, 2013 00:02
Marshall University offers different study abroad options for students who wish to earn college credits while living in another country.
One student is preparing to spend the rest of the semester studying business thousands of miles away.
Carol Good, a Marshall sophomore, said she is leaving Saturday to attend Providence University in Taichung City, Taiwan.
“I chose Taiwan for the sub-tropical climate and for the way it has everything together,” Good said. “It has mountains, beaches and cities all in one place.”
Good said she has never been to Taiwan but is very interested in Southeast Asia because she has read the people of Taiwan are friendly and that the crime rate is not high.
“I wanted to go somewhere that English is not the main language — this felt like a perfect fit,” Good said. “The school has a good Mandarin program so I can learn the local language.”
Good will attend a Catholic school that is about the same size as Marshall. Good said the city is well developed and modernized.
“I’m most excited about learning a whole new culture and just getting out of my American bubble,” Good said. “I want to see how a new culture looks at things and the dynamics of the school.”
Good will get to experience a completely different way of daily life.
“I think I’ll see a big difference in the food, the language, day-to-day living, their way of life and the cultural aspects,” Good said. “There is a difference in all the little quirks that a culture has like what is acceptable.”
Good said the process to get to the point where she was ready to go abroad started last spring when she applied for the program. After being accepted to the program, Good had to apply and get accepted to the university in Taiwan. Good said there was preparation of records, immunizations and proper insurance and bank accounts. Good said packing for the four-month trip will not be a small feat.
“Something I got, that is essential to pack, is a rain jacket,” Good said. “Part of the time I will be there, it will be monsoon season. I am also taking pictures and things to feel more at home.”
Good will participate in a cultural exchange class while at Providence University. She will get to bring items that she feels represent her culture and will use them to help teach the students in the class about American culture.
Good said she encourages other students to take the plunge into studying abroad.
“The process has a lot of steps and long checklists, but other students shouldn’t be scared to apply and go because this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity,” Good said. “The scholarships you receive at Marshall apply to other schools and you can get additional ones to help pay for it.”
Good will study in Taiwan until June 26.
Jessica Ramey can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.