Meet Caya Smarr, ’19
Kent State students are experiencing meaningful, hands-on learning in national and international locations every day.
Our students graduate with a global perspective and are poised to contribute to the international market.
Caya's study abroad experiences have certainly filled up her passport, with trips to Xi’an, China; Florence, Italy; Barcelona, Spain; Interlaken, Switzerland; Dublin, Ireland; Prague, Czech Republic; Amsterdam, Netherlands; London, England and Athens, Greece. Caya, a native of North Canton, Ohio, graduated from Kent State Stark in 2019 with a bachelor of arts in applied communication.
“Traveling to nine different countries built my global awareness and increased my intellectual understanding. This was a personal triumph because I was the first in my family to study and live in a foreign country,” said Caya. “One of the most important things I gained from studying abroad was the growth of my confidence, independence and strength as a person.”
Scholarship assistance helped to make these transformational experiences possible for Caya. She received several scholarships including the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship, Office of Global Education Diversity Abroad Scholarship, College of Communication and Information Explorer Scholarship and the Terell Wilson Memorial Scholarship.
“As a first-generation college student, whose parents did not pay for my tuition, these scholarships were essential to my success. Without these scholarships, I do not believe I would have graduated with my degree or gained once-in-a-lifetime experiences studying abroad,” said Caya. “Thanks to the generosity of donors, students that need financial support can receive aid that will create a foundation and change the entire structure of their lives, and, ultimately, their communities.”