Traveling to Tanzania and Bolivia was one of the greatest experiences of my life, other than my birth! I had those amazing opportunities because of Walsh University. The Blouin Global Scholars program was how I was able to travel to Tanzania, and for FREE! If you are a potential student, I absolutely recommend you at least apply for this program. You get to study a world issue, take specific classes that engage you on an international scale, and reside in a living-learning community with amazing people.
The Blouin Global Scholars actually get to take TWO free trips while studying at Walsh University (Tanzania and Italy). I am currently gearing up to travel to Rome to intern with Caritas, but that is a story for another time. If you are looking into Walsh, please check out the Blouin Program here:
My trip to Bolivia was equally as amazing as Tanzania! I met one of our wonderful international students during my sophomore year; she lives in Bolivia. She was joking around one day, telling me I should visit her over the summer. It was a running conversation all year and it eventually turned into one of the monumental occurrences of my life. Being able to experience and live in another culture opens up one’s eyes to new horizons. Through this trip, I was able to solidify my passion of helping others through my business-oriented mindset.
Travel now! College is the absolute best time to be a tourist. Most of the time, at least here at Walsh, when you pay to travel, it includes getting some course credit. Having a campus in Rome helps that cause. There are also smaller trips that go all around the world. If you want to go to a destination that Walsh does not regularly visit, think about creating the program! Despite that fact, our university will hook you up with the right program, if we cannot offer such a journey. Just make sure you take advantage of your flexible schedule and travel as much as possible!
Have a great week and stay classy!
– Andrew Chwalik