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Travel Program encourages international travel

Freshman Kimberly Salto decorates a box. Vanguard Photographer | Sarah Brege

On Feb. 15, Travel Program held a new event that aims to encourage international travel and expose students to the diverse cultures and experiences offered by foreign nations.

Emily Sanders is a nursing senior who helped arrange and host the event. She is the president of the Residential Housing Association and worked alongside Vivian Messerschmidt, Vice President of Programming, to execute the event.

Sanders said the Travel Program was a great opportunity for students to learn more about different nations all around the world.

“We [presented] information about each country, and we [also gave] out prepackaged snacks related to each country. Students got to participate in a craft where they could create their own travel fund boxes.”

Sanders said the event also included raffle prizes, snacks and crafts for those who attended.

“I hope students leave with new knowledge and curiosity about other parts of the world,” she said. “Hopefully, they will get the chance to experience traveling to another country at some time in their life.”

Nursing major Anna Castillo attended the event. She said was just walking by when she saw crafts and candy and felt like stopping by to see what event was going on.

COVID-19 got between many people and their traveling plans, and Castillo said she is still interested in visiting faraway places.

“I was supposed to go to Spain and Africa before COVID and would love to go there,” she said. “I am mostly interested in going
to Spain to learn more about the culture since I had ancestors from there.”

Siona Beaudoin is a computer science freshman who said traveling fascinates her and she hopes to study abroad at some point in her college career.

“I thought that this would be a good opportunity to learn about other places that I could potentially visit,” she said. “Additionally, I have always been interested in other areas of the world and thought that this would be a great opportunity to learn about other cultures.”

Beaudoin said she learned a lot about foreign nations from the event, and that the event only increased her interest in doing so. She said she is even more fascinated with Lebanon.

“I learned about other countries such as Switzerland, Greece and Lebanon,” she said. “One thing in particular that I found interesting was some of the basics of Lebanese.”

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