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Journeys: A Unique Agnes Scott Experience

When Agnes Scott College installed its Summit initiative in 2015 to provide Scotties with enhanced focus in leadership development and global outreach, the future impact it would have on the overall Agnes Scott experience could only be projected. With the third cohort of Scotties back from their Journeys trips, the profound impact a global immersion program can have on a college community is finally being seen.

First-year students made up a large portion of five Agnes Scott athletic programs during the 2017-2018 academic year as the athletic department enters into a new era. First-year student-athletes traveled as closely as New Orleans to as far as Ghana, where they served, learned and immersed themselves in an entirely different cultural experience.

Two-sport Scottie Tiara White visited Iceland and got to see the Northern Lights up close.

These are their stories.

Tennis Scottie Felicia Jacques (pictured left) headed to Chile on her week-long trip.

Before traveling to Chile my class and I examined art and poetry in the context of dictatorship. We reviewed a detailed history of Chile to see how far Chile has come.

While in Chile we had the opportunity to visit multiple art museums, attend a poetry workshop, and hear about the struggle of living in a dictatorship. The art museums were quite amazing to look at and I gained an appreciation for art that I did not expect to have. I developed patience and a skill to pay attention to detail while looking at different art pieces.

I was amazed by the words and the performance they shared. Hearing from actual victims of the Pinochet dictatorship was very eye opening. I had the chance to hear about the hurt, hope, and fight that arose from this dark period of history in Chile.

During the poetry workshop I was honored to hear from so many different voices. Everyone had an amazing story to tell and I was amazed by the words and the performance they shared. Hearing from actual victims of the Pinochet dictatorship was very eye opening. I had the chance to hear about the hurt, hope, and fight that arose from this dark period of history in Chile.

In addition, I had the opportunity to enjoy long walks around Santiago that helped me explore the city, try different native food dishes, and connect with new people. Overall, this trip was a blessing and I would go again if given the opportunity.

Basketball Scottie Erica Frank braved the snow to snap a picture on the world-famous Brooklyn Bridge.
Volleyball Scottie Lai Galoia stands at a beautiful overlook during her Journeys trip in Martinique.
Martinique is an island I will never forget. From tasting shark, to climbing a river gorge, and learning Creole, I am forever changed by all Martinique gave me. As tourists, we tend to forget the reality of the destinations we visit but through my journeys course and immersion I was able to experience and gain knowledge of the island through an open attitude and mindful eye.
Softball Scotties Taylor Heyser (L) and Mackenzie White (R) shared their trip together in New Orleans, La.
New Orleans left a huge impact on how I view other cultures and places. It allowed me to explore and be adventurous, as well as being respectful of the place I'm visiting. I enjoyed learning about pre- and post-Katrina in New Orleans because I went through similar things back home." - Taylor Heyser
Fellow softball first-year Melia Venezia had a much different domestic experience in NYC.
I thoroughly enjoyed my Journeys trip because going to New York introduced me to many new cultures and helped me learn to interpret and love the deeper meanings of different works of art. My favorite thing about the trip was the Broadway shows we were able to see! - Melia Venezia
Soccer teammates Rebecca Flores-Hernandez (L) and Kaitlyn Staten (R) spent a week in Ghana. It was Kaitlyn's first time on a plane.
The long, rich history of Croatia is what made the greatest impact on me. We got to explore and learn about extremely well preserved 2,000 year old cities, and the beautiful complex history was all around us. - Blythe Rafferty

Journeys is aimed to enrich the first-year experience at Agnes Scott College in ways that cannot be solely accomplished in the classroom. These global experiences will be lifetime memories for all of our Scotties, but more important bring them one step closer to becoming leaders in an increasingly internationally connected world.

To learn more about the Summit initiative and Journeys, click HERE.

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Photos courtesy of Agnes Scott student-athletes.

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