May 22nd, 2023
Six GC students to visit London and Wales
Four community colleges teaming up for study abroad initiative
Six Garrett College students, pictured above with Garrett College officials, will be traveling to London and Wales as part of a four-college study abroad trip. Pictured, left to right, are (back row) Garrett College President Dr. Richard Midcap, Kameron Copeland, Emily Helms, James Goodwin, (front row) Garrett College Foundation Executive Director Cherie Krug, Kayla Conde , Jaydason Miller, Aimma Miller, Study Abroad Advisor Carla Zeigler, and Garrett College Dean of Academic Affairs Dr. Ryan Harrod.
Six Garrett College students and their faculty advisor will be visiting Wales and London later this month as part of GC's study abroad program.
"I've always wanted to go to London – and I get to see the real Harry Potter set," noted Emily Helms, one of the half-dozen students taking part in the study abroad trip.
"It's an excellent opportunity," said Aimma Miller, another participating student. "We don't have a lot of opportunities like these."
Just one of the six students participating in the trip has previously traveled outside of the United States.
"Experience can be the best educator," said Carla Zeigler, the faculty advisor for the trip, which takes place May 27th through June 6th. "It's going to be a full cultural experience – talking with the people, getting to know the culture of another country, and visiting places the students have only heard about.
Jaydason Miller, another student participant, echoed Zeigler's comments.
"The cultural exposure is one reason I wanted to participate in this trip," said Miller. "I thought it would be an interesting environment."
The study abroad trip includes students and faculty advisors from four Maryland community colleges, including the Community College of Baltimore County, Baltimore City Community College, and Montgomery College. GC student costs are being defrayed by several sources, including funding from the Garrett College Foundation's Naylor Travel Fund, Jack and Karen Beal, and Gilman's International Scholarship.
The trip includes plenty of visits to important historical sites such as Stonehenge, the prehistoric monument that may be more than 5000 years old and has evolved into a British cultural icon. Zeigler said a free day in London will include more contemporary activities – including "tourist attractions, a musical, and shopping."
Zeigler said the role of study abroad experiences is becoming more critical as the world becomes more connected.
"It's so important for students to have this study abroad experience and to understand other cultures," said Zeigler. "Future employment is increasingly going to have some level of globalization to it."