Journeys,  SUMMIT

#LeadingEverywhere Begins with a Journey

In Peru, they dove into the world of coffee, visiting a processing plant, learning about quality control and eventually helping local farmers with coffee production by hand.

In Chile, they heard inspirational stories of living through a dictatorship and then gained context on what they had heard by visiting the Museum of Memory.

In Northern Ireland, they met activist and Irish Gaelic teacher Linda Ervin who taught them about the importance of language rights (Irish Gaelic is shunned in Loyalist society) through her program called Turas (or “journey”), which seeks to encourage Unionists to reclaim their Irish Gaelic heritage.

In France, they visited the Fashion Institute Studio Berҫot and learned about the importance of hand drawing in real time.

In Panama, they spent time with the indigenous people of the Emberá Durá village, celebrating their beautiful traditions through their crafts, dance and food.

In the Navajo Nation, they spent their first day helping on a working ranch, Moenave Ranch, learning about the Navajo language and enjoying a home-cooked meal from their host family…

And these are only stories from their first few days of their SUMMIT Global Journeys!

On Friday, March 1, the Agnes Scott College community celebrated this year’s Global Journeys students from #ASC22 with an official send-off celebration, complete with cake, wisdom from previous Journeys travelers, “Flat Agnes” appearances and paper airplanes filled with the students’ “hopes and dreams.”

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First-year’s launched paper airplanes containing their written “hopes and dreams” for their impending Journeys during the campus send-off celebration on March 1, 2019.

The next day, more than 300 first-years began the arduous (at times!) trek to 16 different destinations across the U.S. and the globe, where they would spend the next 7-9 days immersed in a strange environment – a process of which those returning have described as “transformational” to their personal growth throughout the rest of their Agnes Scott undergraduate experience.

The Global Journey is our signature first-year experience at Agnes Scott as part of our SUMMIT curriculum and our promise of educating women to “engage the intellectual and social challenges of their times.” Thinking globally begins with learning globally, and so, 100 percent of our first-year students are guaranteed to have a global journey, the cost of which is covered under their tuition, as part of SUMMIT. These faculty-led study-tours are meant to enhance the student’s understanding of our interconnected world.

And wow, do they ever.

The Journeys foster a love of lifelong travel and build up a student’s confidence in stepping beyond their comfort zones.

Global themes for each Journey invite self-reflection, opening young minds up to ways of thinking not previously considered.

Some see the world through a different lens upon returning, while others are inspired by learning in a way that informs their academic studies and future career path going forward.

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Members of #ASC22 bonding during Journeys Navajo Nation. Image by Gracie Miller ’22.

For example, senior Kirsten Jackson said her 2016 Journey to the Dominican Republic where she befriended a small child who lived in an impoverished village pushed, challenged and empowered her as a woman to be a “better leader for others.” Junior Eileen Davila said the insight she gained from her 2017 Journey to Central Europe encouraged her to begin pursuing her dream of one day working as an international medical officer with the CDC. See their stories and others from our SUMMIT Advantage series recently featured on Instagram.

As we eagerly await the return of our current would-be Journeys travelers, I distinctly remember members of #ASC22 last year when they were still prospective students and the excitement they had for where their own Global Journeys might take them, the changes they might experience and the wonder they would feel to wander the globe with their Scottie siblings. I can’t wait to hear, and tell, their transformative stories and to watch how their own paths could be influenced as a result on their way to becoming our next generation of Scotties who are #LeadingEverywhere.

If you have not yet decided on your best-fit college, yet you feel a longing or an urgency to experience the world, to learn beyond borders, to embrace fearlessness and to see how stepping outside your comfort zone could help plot your future path – you could find that (and MORE!) at Agnes Scott, but you must apply by our final application deadline of March 15.

Enjoy these amazing first pictures of some of our current Journeys trips and check back here at the end of March for an informative post from Associate Director of Admission Rachel West who is currently immersed with first-years on their Journey to Martinique!

See more images from 2019 Journeys on social media using these hashtags: #JourneysBulgaria19, #JourneysChile19, #JourneysCostaRica19, #JourneysDC19, #JourneysFrance19, JourneysGhana19, #JourneysGuatamala19, #JourneysIceland19, #JourneysJamaica19, #JourneysManchester19, #JourneysMartinique19, #JourneysMorocco19, #JourneysNavajoNation19, #JourneysNorthernIreland19, #JourneysPanama19, and #JourneysPeru19.

Kati Burns Mallows is the Director of Enrollment Marketing in the Office of Admission at Agnes Scott College. When she’s not working (which is constant), she’s still trying to get accustomed to the volatile Georgia weather while simultaneously fighting to keep her husband’s 85-pound house dog from eating the remaining furniture.

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