I will let Amanda speak for herself.
My name is Amanda Barrack and I have the opportunity to begin accomplishing my greatest mission: to make a positive impact on each person I meet in my life. In order to take advantage of this opportunity, I need your help!
Starting next September, I will be living and studying in Austria for four months through my advertising and public relations major at the University of Central Florida (Go Knights!). Beyond simply taking a vacation (which I’ve done) or traveling to another country (which I haven’t), studying abroad is a unique opportunity because I will be immersed in a completely new country and culture. This is going to further both my personal and academic education, and position me to become a better global citizen.
A large part of becoming a better global citizen is recognizing and respecting other cultures and ways of life – learning that people are individuals with different experiences and viewpoints. Being in the heart of Europe will offer me the chance to learn about not just one country extensively, but many countries and people at once.
Through communication classes, a local internship, living with a host family, and traveling to other countries and cities in Europe, I will gain a personal, professional, and academic education that is going to make me a better person. I will be interacting and developing relationships with people in other countries and with diverse backgrounds. In the future, when I am interacting with new people, I will be able to understand and celebrate both the similarities and differences.
It has always been a dream of mine to travel the world, and now that I am reaching the end of my time in school I want to seize this opportunity to broaden my experience. I want to change people’s lives for the better, and I want to do it in an international context. The knowledge I gain from studying abroad will help me to speak with people kindly and competently, so that I can make a positive difference instead of accidentally offending someone. This trip is going to be an amazing experience for me, and I will carry what I learn here throughout every facet of my future life.
I need your help. No one can make an impact alone. I am at the start of my journey – one that I hope will positively influence the lives of many others. Each and every donation will help make that a reality. Thank you so much for your support!
Posted by Nancy Brisson