Wheaton College Norton, Massachusetts

Exploring Copenhagen

Nina Kenny ’18

Film and new media studies major

Studied new media and changing communities at DIS: Study Abroad in Scandinavia

“My dream is to become a photographer, and Copenhagen truly inspired me to continue that dream. I am the happiest with my camera, and since arriving I haven’t spent a day without it. Although photographing sports, as I do for the Wheaton Athletics Department, is my favorite type of photography, Copenhagen provided opportunities to explore different techniques and subject matter, which will benefit me in the future.”

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A ‘different world’ in Australia

Jason Choi ’17

Philosophy major

Studied philosophy and sociology, at the University of Wollongong, in Australia

“I met great friends here—some of whom are now friends for life. City life in Sydney is really different from my New York City life. People are laid-back and really welcoming. In Melbourne, I fell in love with the music, the food and the art, and I got my first real exposure to nature when I took a road trip down the coast. Studying abroad has impacted me in ways I don’t think I’ll ever be able to clearly articulate 100 percent. I was so affected by the experience that I’ve applied for jobs in Australia and have considered going to graduate school there. It’s a whole different world.”

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Meaningful connections in South Africa

Khadeedja Muheto ’18Khadeedja Muheto ’18

Mathematics, economics double major

Studied at Rhodes University in Grahamstown, South Africa

“There were two ladies who were the first people to welcome me to South Africa with open arms. I call them my South African mothers because I truly believe they care for me and everyone they interact with. They took me around their township, showed me how to cook traditional food and sang songs with me about hope and unity. The time that I spent with them was by far some of the most meaningful in my entire experience in South Africa.”

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Self-discovery in France and beyond

Zelda Zhao ’18Zelda Zhao ’18

International student from Suzhou, Jiangsu Province, China

Economics, chemistry double major

Took various courses, all in French, including “Immigration in France and Europe” and “Introduction to the Muslim World,” at the University of Paris Sorbonne-Diderot

“Traveling to France was not my first time going to a foreign country to study abroad, since I’m an international student at Wheaton. Thanks to my first two years at Wheaton, I have acquired some experience in adapting to new environments and learned ways to explore the culture and interact with people.

“While in Paris, I observed a lot of changes within myself and enjoyed the opportunity for self-exploration and self-examination.

“I grew up in an environment in which people are encouraged to pursue the most direct way to so-called success. I was told from a young age by my educators to ‘go straight to the goal and do not waste time and energy on the unnecessary.’ I came to the United States alone when I was 18 determined to put a lot of effort into achieving academic success, which I did (straight A’s and a 4.0 GPA). Yet, I knew something had been missing in my past—passion, freedom, wildness and rebellion against the stereotypes. [Read more...]