AMERICUS (Feb. 25, 2014)—One of the most unique experiences you can have in college is studying abroad. Georgia Southwestern State University offers a range of study abroad opportunities to its students, including the upcoming service learning program to Peru during spring break, a trip to Argentina during Maymester, and a program to Bulgaria during the first summer session. In addition to these short visits, students are able to attend colleges aboard for semesters at a time. It is this route that first-year students, Tabias Pittman and Mikaela Shimko, decided to take.
Pittman, from Griffin, Ga., and Shimko, from Cumming, Ga., are attending Nanchang Hangkong University (NCHU), located in Nanchang, China, for at least a semester. Both students departed earlier this month. Though they have never been outside of the United States, they both have longed to travel to China.
“I am excited to have this opportunity,” said Pittman. “I've always been interested in different countries and their cultures. I have been studying Chinese before attending GSW, and when I saw that I would have the opportunity to travel to the country, I took it without hesitation.”
Shimko shared in Pittman’s excitement. “For me to be able to participate in such a wonderful opportunity to study abroad … at a place I have longed to visit is beyond incredible! As an engineering student, going to China will greatly help my studies, as they are very advanced in technologies,” said Shimko.
Shimko is a mechanical engineering major. In Fall 2013, she was a part of GSW’s Women’s Cross Country Team. She has already committed to staying a whole year at NCHU.
Pittman is studying computer science, and he will also be continuing his education of Mandarin Chinese while at NCHU.
“I feel that by taking this opportunity my eyes will be opened to how others are in this world,” Pittman said. “The educational system is different in China, and I'm planning to take the best aspects of that and apply it when I return to the states.”
Shimko also plans on allowing the experience to open her eyes to the world.
“This opportunity will help me become more independent… and to see many different people and cultures,” Shimko said. “I cannot thank Georgia Southwestern State University and Nanchang Hangkong University enough for this once-in-a-lifetime experience.”
For more information about Georgia Southwestern Study Abroad, visit www.gsw.edu/StudyAbroad or call (229) 931-2122.
Mikaela Shimko (left) and Tabias Pittman (right), two GSW freshman, are attending Nanchang Hangkong University, located in Nanchang, China, through Georgia Southwestern's Study Abroad program.
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