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Through Our Lenses: CCI Students Document Their Studies Abroad

Posted Oct, 25, 2011

By Anne Dudley
A juried photo exhibit spotlighting study abroad students in the College of
Katherine Armstrong_mosqueCommunication and Information (CCI) is now on display in the Kent State University Library.

Forty remarkable photos were selected to provide a glimpse of how CCI study abroad students see the world, and included are images from all over Europe and Asia.

"These photographs, all taken by College of Communication and Information students while studying abroad, show just a fraction of the depth of talent our CCI students possess and the range of experiences they’ve had around the world," said Deborah Davis, coordinator of international programs for the College.

Adding an extraordinary dimension to the photos and the experiences they represent Melinda Yoho_Santorini Gateis the fact that it’s not uncommon for CCI study abroad students to be the first in their families to even own a passport.

"Many of our students have no family history of international travel and no easy way to finance such a thing," Davis said. "But they have been determined to see and understand the world, and they have returned with a global perspective that will permanently change who they are and dramatically increase the contributions they will make to their workplaces and their communities as they move through life. They are quite impressive, and as the photos show, they are curious, adventurous, perceptive, and so talented."

Information design major Chloe Makarick echoed many students' reflections on their experiences abroad when describing her own.

"There hasn't been a day that's gone by since I've returned that I haven't been reminded of my experiences while studying abroad," Makarick said.The world is a much smaller place to me now; we're all connected, and it's important to be more aware of the people around you. I went on study abroad hoping to learn more about other places and other cultures, but I came home and realized how much I learned about myself."

Exhibit photos will hang in the quiet study area behind the circulation desk as well as in the computer lab area near the reference desk through the end of next semester. The student photographers, along with family and guests, will celebrate the exhibit’s opening at a reception from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 9 in the Quiet Study Area on the first floor of the Kent State University Library.

CCI offers a range of study abroad options to meet the academic and personal goals of the College’s students, including short, faculty-led courses and semester-long programs.

To see more work of CCI study abroad students and to learn more about our programs, visit www.kent.edu/ccistudyabroad.

Featured photos by Katherine Armstrong and Melinda Yoho.

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Media contact: Jennifer Kramer, jlkramer@kent.edu, 330-672-1960