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October 2013

Innovations abroad Cavin Smith Staff Writer There are times in everyone’s life when the monotony of a routine can bring stagnancy to our lives. The same can be said for countries and systems. However, change is a necessary component of growth and traveling is a great way to bring that change. KCC offers an international program, INTL-210, which requires time abroad offering 1-2 trips per year. This year's trip is to Switzerland and Germany May 15 through the 24. Conally Smith, a student of International Studies, explained that she had a positive experience when traveling abroad with KCC. “Travel is always beneficial, and you really can't understand the scope of it until you travel abroad. It changes you in a fundamental way. Something at your core shifts and strengthens. There is a little culture shock,” Smith said. “But the wise traveler embraces the differences as learning tools.” These differences weren’t easy to overcome. An international studies major should be willing to see these differences as a strength. “Language is the biggest barrier, but if you try, most locals will appreciate your attempt and cut you slack,” Smith said. “Everywhere I've been in Europe has been pretty easy to understand; they're all required to learn English in school.” The government of Switzerland has declared that by the year 2034 they will have abandoned all nuclear power plants to adopt more “green” alternatives. Germany has also joined the go green movement and shares the top two positions in leaders in sustainable and reusable energies. Students who attend the trip will be exploring different and new sources of energy as the travel, which both countries plan to countryside. Students will focus on comparing and contrasting the cultures and societies with the American culture they are familiar with. Students will explore various sources of renewable and sustainable energies while learning what types of limitations with geographical location and any other potential limits. Students will also get to learn about any difficulties with implementing these new innovations while preserving historical integrity. The trip begins with an overnight flight to Frankfurt, the financial epicenter of Germany. Next students will travel through Darmstadt, self-dubbed “The City of Science” and a well-known High-Tech center with many types of industries. These include spacecraft operations, chemistry, pharmaceuticals, information technology, biotechnology and telecommunication. Also located in Darmstadt is Hundertwasser’s Waldspirale residential complex. Completed in 2000, the colorful complex displays more than 1000 individually unique windows on a round cornered U-shaped building that has gold and silver onion domes. As students continue their journey they will head to the city set in the emerald foothills of Neckar Valley named Heidelberg, home to Heidelberg Castle.


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The castle displays amazing views that inspired Johann Wolfgang Goethe, as well as a tablet containing a tribute poem to Goethe by Marianne von Willemer. Also at Heidelberg castle is a wine barrel that is so big a dance floor was once conPraha, Ceska republika at night structed on its top. “The benefits of travel are endless. I first went in 2007, and I'm still discovering ways that I'm different because of that trip. And each subsequent adventure has shaped me a little more, and a little differently,” Conally continues. “We can only grow as big as our environment allows. The world should be your neighborhood.I first went to England because I wanted to see England. No other reason. I continue to travel because my environment can no longer contain my desire to grow.” For more information, interested students can contact Michelle Wright at 965-3921 ext: 2217 or by email at You may also contact Peg Stapleton by phone at 9653921 ext: 2224 or by email at sta- The Hungarian Parliament Building in Budapest

photos by Conally Smith

October 2013  
October 2013