Juniors Rachel Baxter and Vanessa Van have received ACC-Inter-Institutional Academic Collaborative Scholarships to study abroad in the spring.
Baxter, a political science major from Tempe, Ariz., will be studying in Rabat, Morocco, to learn more about U.S.-North African relations. Having completed the first part of the Foreign Service Exam, she views her upcoming experience as a testing ground for a future State Department career.
“It’s easy to say ‘I love different cultures’ when I’m in a society that’s similar to my own,” she said. “Being in Morocco will challenge my perceptions of the world, and, while there, I’ll be learning to experience life in a culture that’s very different from my own.”
Van, a double major in economics and political science from Beijing, China, is headed to Amman, Jordan, with the CIEE program. She will study Arabic and the economic transformation in the Middle East at the University of Jordan.
“I’m considering joining the Peace Corps when I graduate or working in international development,” said Van. “In Jordan, I’ll be studying culture and politics, but I’ll also be engaging in self-exploration. My family moved around a lot when I was growing up. I’ve lived in and visited many countries, but I wanted to go someplace completely different. The Middle East is one part of the world I’ve yet to experience.”
Baxter and Van will both be staying with local families in their host countries while studying abroad.
The ACC-IAC Scholarships provide funds for selected students to study abroad in non-traditional destinations. The awards are funded by a portion of the revenue from the ACC football championship.