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​Recognize Equality = End Gender-Based Violence

a fist under the title "Defend Equality"

Take a stand against gender-based violence.

If you have paid attention to the news recently, you may have see that high-profile Ivy-league schools, including UConnYaleHarvardDartmouth and Berkeley​, are currently under fire for mishandling sexual assault and gender violence cases. It is very upsetting to read so many articles about how universities are failing to addressing this epidemic of gender-based violence, (which includes sexual assault and rape) by allowing perpetrators to stay on campus, blaming victims and not believing victims.

Luckily, Winona State University has chosen to become proactive about addressing this critical issue and has been approved for a $293,859 grant to address gender-based violence on our campus. The initiative has been named the Recognizing Equality Initiative and aims to raise awareness and put an end to gender-based violence. The goals of this coordinated community response include:

  1. Fostering a safer campus community
  2. Enforcing accountability for perpetrators of violence
  3. Assisting a full recovery for survivors of violence
  4. Offering comprehensive educational opportunities for students, faculty and staff, focused on prevention, bystander intervention, access to campus and community resources and victim’s rights

If you are interested in finding out more about the grant and Recognizing Equality Initiative’s goals, come to the kickoff event on April 24 at  6:30-8pm in the Student Activities Center. All are invited and encouraged to attend. ​The Recognizing Equality Initiative Kickoff Event will be held just two days after Take Back the Night, an annual speak-out where victims and survivors have an opportunity to tell their stories of enduring gender based violence meant to aid in the process of healing and breaking the silence of violence.

The Recognizing Equality Initiative and Take Back the Night are two ways Winona State addresses the fact that gender-based violence unfortunately occurs on its own campus too. The programs funded by this grant will help ensure Winona is a safer place where perpetrators are held accountable and victims are properly taken care of swiftly and compassionately.

For more information on this event or the grant, contact Tamara Berg at tberg@winona.edu

–Courtney McCaw

Bienvenido, Bienvenue and Welcome to Learning a Second Language

a quote from Nelson Mandela about the importance of language

Rest in peace, Mr. Mandela, you magnificent man!

For the past 3 summers, I have worked at the Miller Brewery back home in Milwaukee, serving beer samples to people on tours of the brewery. One of the greatest benefits of working at the brewery (other than being paid to serve people free beer) is that the brewery tour is a very popular tourist destination for many people visiting the city and many of our guests were from other countries.

One day I met a family from Chile who were visiting the United States, so, as Spanish major, I saw the opportunity to test out my Spanish skills and struck up a conversation with them. They invited me to sit at their table and hang out with them, and after 30 minutes, we were telling jokes, laughing and having a great time all in their own language. This seemingly small experience was one of the most fun moments of my life. Although I was only sitting around a table and having a fun conversation, it was the connection that I created with this group of people while speaking their language that made it so special. It is for that reason that I have continued to study new languages.

Learning a second language opens up a whole new world of possibilities for yourself. The cognitive benefits alone have been shown to stave off Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia, improves cognitive function allowing for easier multi-tasking and increased attention, as well as broadens our hold on language, improving the way we use and understand language (even our own). Now I can go all day rattling off reasons why learning a second language can help you mentally, but, in reality, it is not the sole reason why language knowing a second language is incredible.

In my opinion, the coolest part of knowing a second language is the new world of social opportunities that it opens up. You can do something as simple as order food at your favorite Mexican restaurant, or you can have big adventures by traveling and exploring the world. Being bilingual empowers you to break down barriers and allows you to connect with a wider range of people from different cultures. Just like my connection with the group from Chile, these interactions will help you build life-long memories and friends.

If you are interested in learning a second language, there are foreign language classes offered through Winona State. In my opinion, taking even the entry-level class provides you with a wonderful insight into new languages and even cultures. Now, of course these are all great opportunities, but let’s be real– we’re all busy college students and adding 4 credit language courses may not be a feasible option. Memorizing animals for French 101 along with the muscles in your hand for Anatomy and Physiology is not something many of you can fit into your schedule. Luckily, there are many resources and opportunities out there that can you can work into your schedule if you are interested in casually learning a second language.

  • Duolingo: My favorite language teaching website and app! I’m currently using it to casually pick up on some French. Duolingo provides free language lessons in Spanish, French, German, Portuguese or Italian for anyone of any skill level in a fun, interactive way.
  • MIT Open Courseware: Massachusetts Institute of Technology offers free online courses throughout a variety of subjects (incredible, huh?!).  They offer foreign language courses in a number of different languages from Spanish to Japanese.
  • BBC Languages: This website offers visitors valuable, free language learning programs and opportunities.

¡Buena Suerte! (Good Luck!)

–Caleb Bednarski

Behind the Kryzsko Curtain

If you find yourself walking by the ominous black tarp that hangs over the side of the Kryzko Commons and wondering what the heck is going on back there, you’re not alone. Students at WSU have been eagerly waiting to see the debut of the newest addition to the building since this past fall.

However, a few of us student workers in the Web Communication Office were able to get the inside scoop and see what all the hullabaloo was about. With the help of Joe Reed, the Student Union and Activities Director, we strapped on our hard hats and entered an area where no student has gone before.

interior of Kryzsko when under construction

We first entered the bottom level of the construction area through a door in the newly renovated bookstore.  From here, we were able to see the long walkway students will enter from the west side of campus.  The two levels of the new area will be split and separated by this bottom walkway. On the far side, a large TV will be projecting images and announcements regarding all the happenings on campus.

The second level of Kryzsko when under construction

We then proceeded to the middle level of the new addition.  From here, students will be able to look up over the railing and see a glass wall separating them from another study lounge area, in order to keep the area quiet for prime cramming sessions. Reed also mentioned there will be new, comfy furniture for students to enjoy while hanging out on campus.

wall of windows of interior of Kryzsko when under construction

To the right of the middle floor, there are large windows being set that will face the center of campus. Here, students can sip their coffee, watch the sunrise (or sunset) and enjoy a peaceful scene as they complete their homework. Each window-wall is set at an angle, which adds to the design of the new addition.

construction materials in the parking lot

From here, we headed to the upper area of the construction zone, where the new and improved Baldwin Lounge will be located. Along with many new features, Baldwin will have large windows as well to improve lighting and sustainability. New furniture will also be added to this area, along with fresh carpeting. (Pssst, it will match the flooring in the new bookstore; go check it out!)

the entrance to the renovated Baldwin Lounge

Last (but certainly not least) the renovated Baldwin will have many more meeting and conference rooms. Each room will hold a large table and several chairs, so students could work on group projects or hit the books in solitude. Each area will have a large glass pane on the outside, so students can easily see if the meeting room is occupied.

While we can’t give away all of the new exciting add-ons to Kryzsko Commons, we can say that students are DEFINTELY going to enjoy these additions to the building.  To the Warriors who are returning in the fall…be excited. Be very excited!

Katlyn Plourde, Melissa VanGrinsven and Leah Dobihal

I’ve got those Summertime, Summertime Classes

student sit on grass in the middle of campus

Summer sun means the courtyard is the new favorite study location

Since I graduated high school, summer just hasn’t been the same anymore. Of course, summer is still a time to relax and have fun with friends but it’s also become a critical few months to prepare for the next semester. And I know that I am not alone in this; most college students work as many hours as possible to pay for school or build up their resumes with valuable internship experience. Still others, like myself, take summer classes in order to get ahead, explore interests or catch up and graduate sooner.

This will be my third year of summer classes. After freshman year, I took two classes because I had to stay in Winona for a part-time job and wanted to get started on my English major and what was then a Mass Communication minor. During my second summer, I went on a two week travel study  to Italy, which was an amazing experience I wouldn’t have been able to have during the normal semester. Now this summer, I’ll be taking two classes in order to graduate in four years with an English and PR double major.

Every year, there are three summer sessions—May, June, and July—and each is about 4 weeks long. You can take just one session or take classes the whole summer. Each course has a pretty intense schedule of class two hours a day, four days a week but, honestly, I find this easier than juggling the content and workload of 4 or 5 classes for 16 weeks. Plus, because there are fewer people on campus, you can be pretty much guaranteed that your favorite study location will be open.

I’ve always taken traditional-style classes and stayed in Winona through the summer. Summer in Winona is way more fun than Winona in the winter as there are many festivals and outdoor recreation opportunities. However, if you really want to get out of town for a few months, many classes are actually offered online so you can take them while still living at home. Other classes are hybrids, balancing online and face-to-face class time. Depending on where your hometown is, this may mean that you can make a daytrip for those face-to-face classes.

If you are interested in taking a summer class or two (and I encourage that you do), you can go online to the “Find A Course” website and take a look at the classes being offered this summer. Once you find a class and a time that works for you, you can add it to your cart and register then and there—no access code needed. Whether you want to get ahead in your major or general education requirements, travel for class credit or graduate sooner, summer classes are an option worth considering.

–Liz Meinders

It’s Time to Take Back The Night

You might not believe it, but you know someone who has been sexually assaulted. In fact, you probably know more than one person that has been sexually assaulted. These statistics from the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network (RAINN) may convince you that sexual assault is a serious issue:

  • 1 in 6 women will be assaulted during her lifetime.
  • 1 in 33 men will be sexually assaulted in his lifetime.
  • 80% of victims are under 30 years old
  • 2/3 of all those raped knew their attacker.
  • Sexual assault is one of the most under reported crimes. 60% of sexual assaults go unreported.

These unfortunate facts expose the prevalence of sexual assault at a national level, but Winona State is not immune. Assaults happen here, as at all other universities. You might find these facts surprising, and that is due to the lack of dialogue about the realities of sexual assault and rape. Many sexual assault victims do not talk about what has happened to them partly because we live in a rape culture.  In America,  we are surrounded with everyday phenomena such as images, language and even laws that validate and perpetuate rape. For example, rape and sexual violence is eroticized in film and rape is a joke punch line in adult cartoon comedies on TV. This type of culture makes it difficult for victims to speak up for fear of being blamed, for fear being an object of gossip and rumors, for fear of no one believing them.

Survivors of sexual assault should not be silenced. They should not be blamed, stigmatized, marginalized or ignored. Survivors should demand that their voices and their stories are heard. Winona State University is ensuring that this happens.On Tuesday, April 22 at 6:00 pm in the Student Activities Center, FORGE, the Women’s Resource Center and WSU’s Gender-Violence Hotline will be hosting Winona’s annual  Take Back The Night, a national event for sexual assault victims and people who know them to speak out against sexual assault by telling their own stories.

This is the fourth Take Back the Night that I have planned and attended, and each time it is equally as powerful and emotional. The speak out is pretty informal, beginning with the sponsors speaking about the resources the provide to help the community face this social epidemic. Then the floor is opened for anyone in the audience to approach the podium and speak about anything concerning sexual assault and rape. Some people tell their stories, other people offer their support, some point out the strength and inspiration they have felt by witnessing speaker’s vulnerability, strength and honesty. Some people don’t speak at all, but rather watch, witnessing and offering their presence in support of recovery and ending rape culture.

There will be many advocates in attendance to assist if someone is triggered, feels they need help or has a question.Take Back The Night is a Safe Space where all are welcome and expected to attend with respect of others. There is no right or wrong way to participate at Take Back the Night. I read original poems at last year’s Take Back the Night. You can read something you found or wrote, say how you feel, tell your story or sing a song. There are no rules for expression.

If you choose not to speak in front of the crowd, your presence and thoughts are still very valuable. There will be an integrative art project at the entrance of Take Back the Night, where people have other opportunities and mediums to express themselves and their stories. It is important that all voices are heard, all stories are told. The event is about not accepting the silence that is expected of a rape culture. It is a stand against silence and darkness that our culture casts on sexual violence. After the speak out, the Take Back The Night event takes it to the Winona streets. There will be a march around Winona with chants, signs and verbal affirmations of a commitment to end gender violence. It takes the event out into the community to generate attention, as well as the refusal to stay silent about sexual violence.

Take Back The Night gives a voice back to victims. It ensures that victims will be heard. It shows victims and survivors that there is a community of people who demand justice for all. Coming together for this cause, no matter if you have a personal experience or not generates momentum of addressing sexual assault on our campus and across our nation.

Sexual assault is not simply a local issue; it’s a global issue. If you are not part of the solution, you are part of the problem. Help end sexual violence.

–Courtney McCaw

P.S. If you are still not convinced that this is an issue, here​ is a recent poem making rounds on the internet that speaks to why we need to continue speaking up about rape.

The Dos and Don’ts of Longboarding

courtney on her longboard

While longboarding is fun, it can also be dangerous.

Longboards are appearing all around campus, and so are trips to the emergency room. According to an article at LiveScience.com, “Longboarders are at much greater risk of head fracture, traumatic brain injury and bleeding inside the skull (intracranial hemorrhage) than skateboarders.”

I myself have fallen off my longboard several times, but the embarrassment of falling on campus doesn’t match the possible bodily injury that could happen.

Here are some DOs for staying safe on a longboard:

  • DO skate in the street. First of all, it is illegal in most states to skate on a sidewalk (same with bicycles). That being said, if you plan to skate in the road, you must abide by all road rules that bikes and cars do; you must indicate turns, stop at stop signs and lights, have lights- in order to be safe and legal. However, the roads in Winona are not particularly safe for longboarders. There are lots of potholes, rocks, gravel and glass that make many of our streets difficult to ride.
  • DO ride like you drive. Ride with traffic if you can. Indicate your turns and stop at all stop signs and stop lights.
  • DO ride in groups. This increases visibility and assistance if someone falls. Do not obstruct traffic in your group, however.
  • DO ride in bright colors. Drivers aren’t trained to look for longboarders like they do for bicyclists, motorcyclists and pedestrians. Avoid getting hit by an a person opening their car door, or hit by a car by being noticeable.
  • DO ride around the lakes. The lakes have been recently paved and ensure a smooth ride! It is safe, as long as you avoid other pedestrians!
  • DO ride in (empty) parking lots and on campus. These open spaces without cars or cross streets are good for practice and goofing around. There are fewer chances of collisions here, but your risk of falling and get hurt remains.
  • DO wear protective gear. Helmets, wrist guards and knee pads will aid in your riding experience. Slap some stickers on your helmet if you feel like a square– better safe than sorry.
  • DO wear shoes. It may be tempting to ride barefoot, but the Winona streets will cut up your feet. Keep flat shoes on when riding, and make sure they are fastened or tied properly.
  • DO take care of your board. Check the wheels and pay attention to the looseness or tightness of your trucks. Know how to fix them with the proper tools when you need to.
  • DO stay in control. You are not the only one on the road. Know that if you goof off or try to show off, you are not only risking your life, but others’ safety as well. You are responsible for damages if you cause an accident so leave tricks, experimenting and risk-taking to safe, closed off areas.

Now for the DON’Ts:

  • DON’T ride while wearing headphones. Headphones are great to set the mood, but restrict your safety and ability to know what’s going on around you. You need to always be aware of what’s in front of you and in your periphery, but also know what is behind you. If you MUST listen to music, ensure that you are constantly looking around you.
  • DON’T ride under the influence. There are clear problems, such as loss of balance and coordination coupled with impaired decision-making, with riding while drunk or high, not to mention you probably won’t be any good.
  • DON’T bomb Garvin Heights. You won’t be able to stop your longboard unless you fall. Or are hit by a car. Garvin is the biggest hill in Winona, but also the most dangerous for longboarders. A friend try to ride it and ended up losing all the skin on his back. He was lucky he wasn’t hit by a car coming around the blind corner.
  • DON’T grab cars to hitch a ride. It’s illegal and unsafe. However, being pulled around the lakes by a bicyclist friend is actually really fun and safe :)
  • DON’T leave your longboard unattended. I once had mine stolen after I left it out on the porch at a trusted friend’s house. Just like bikes, longboards are lucrative target for thieves so keep a close eye on your board.
  • DON’T ride wet. Avoid riding in rain or after it rains. Your wheels won’t like the rain, and neither will your board. If your feet are wet, the top of your board will get slippery, which is begging for an accident.

If You Fall

If you follow these safety tips, you will be less likely to have any accidents. But if you do fall, don’t get up right away. Assess your injuries: does your head hurt, did you black out, does it feel like something is broken? Hopefully you are not riding alone and your friends can assist you. If you are alone, try to call for help on a cell phone or shout. If you are in the street, try to scoot to safety if you can. If not, make yourself well lit (such as using the flashlight on a cell phone) and make yourself as big as possible so people in cars can see you and help instead of hitting you.

If you only remember one thing from this blog post, know that you are not invincible. In fact, we are all subject to cuts, broken bones, head injuries and even death. You must know and accept these liabilities before you ride and be smart the way you enjoy this fun sport.

Happy riding, Winona!

–Courtney McCaw

A Big Day in Dinkytown

a couple stand in front of an outdoor sculpture

It was a snowy day in the Sculpture Garden.

There was a sense of anticipation on the bus. Everyone, students and community members alike, was peering out the window, wondering if we had finally arrived at our first location. Within minutes, we’d hopped off the bus, passed through the doors and wandered beneath a huge chandelier shaped like an exploding sun. We’d finally reached the Minneapolis Institute of Art.

The Minneapolis Institute of Art, or MIA, was just the first of four stops that the Art Department scheduled for this past Saturday. After we’d gotten our fill of Matisse, impressionism, and Japanese art exhibits, we swiftly moved on to the Walker Art Center and sculpture garden to experience a series of modern art exhibits. When we arrived at our next location, the Northern Clay Center, we had the opportunity to explore galleries as well as student workshops. Our final artistic stop was at the Weisman Art Museum, which is part of the University of Minnesota campus. This space hosted a plethora of photography and modern art, including a permanent piece that imitated the hallway of an apartment building. We finished up the day in Dinkytown, where we had a little over and hour to find dinner at a local restaurant. After that, we hopped back on the bus and headed back home.

Winona State University hosts this trip at least once per year and it is open to students and community members alike. This time around, it only cost ten dollars plus whatever food or souvenirs we purchased on our journey. It is an experience I would recommend to anyone, regardless of their interest in art. I learned a lot simply by participating, by exposing myself to such a variety of artistic forms and locations–and I think everyone else on the trip would agree. When the bus pulled up to Watkins Hall at the end of the day, we were all exhausted from a busy day, but thrilled to have experienced so much.

–Olivia Wulf

Life in Prentiss-Lucas


Living in Prentiss-Lucas is great because it is close to Kryzsko Commons, the place to go for food and study lounges, and the academic buildings, so if you ever wake up with only five minutes before class you can still make it on time. However, one of the challenges Living in Prentiss-Lucas is a challenge when organizing the room layout with one side of the room is the sink, closets, and desks that cannot be moved. This makes it difficult to figure out the way you want to arrange your furniture and store your stuff. My roommate and I lofted our beds and the T.V. and futon are on her end of the room whereas the mini fridge and microwave are on my end. It is a challenge to get situated in the beginning, but I am used to layout now.

On every floor there is a lounge, kitchen and two bathrooms with showers. The kitchens in Lucas have a stove, sink and a microwave. The lounges are great places to do homework at night when your roommate is trying to sleep. The lounges are also used as meeting spaces for people that want a bigger area to talk or watch T.V. with their friends. There are two main lobbies in Prentiss-Lucas, one on the main floor and one in the basement. The basement is used mostly by people who watch movies after they make meals in the adjacent kitchen. Also in the basement there is the laundry room, small study rooms and a game room with a pool table and a ping pong table. The study rooms come in handy when working on group projects if the library’s study rooms are full. There is also a math tutoring center in the basement of Prentiss-Lucas. You can make and appointment or stop by, which is really convenient if you are working on homework in your room and do not understand it.

Prentiss-Lucas, like many other res halls, have different events sponsored by the RAs and anyone can go to them. One of the activities that my RA held was a spa night where we painted our nails and did each others’ makeup. It was a great way to meet new people, whether they were on my floor or friends of people on my floor. There is always great food at these activities and some of the events focus on making food. For example, guys on the fourth floor of Prentiss decorated cupcakes and girls on the fourth floor of Lucas made s’mores one night.

Back when I was trying to narrow down my choice of where to live for my freshman year, I chose Prentiss-Lucas for two reasons. One, there was a sink in each room so I wouldn’t have to go to the bathroom just to brush my teeth (you wouldn’t think this is such a deal-breaker but believe me, this is such convenience!). And the other reason was because it is the most central resident hall in relation to all of the other building around campus. It is great not to have to catch a bus and worry about getting to class on time. I am glad that I chose to live in Prentiss-Lucas because of all the memories I’ve made here and people I’ve met.

–Ashley Stoffel

The Best & Worst Decisions I Made in College–and the Lessons Learned

good bad lessonsAs I count down the weekends I have left in college, I can’t help but reflect on the past four crazy years. I am very happy with and proud of many decisions I’ve made here at Winona State, but, of course, there are other choices that have not served me so well.

I’m a firm believer that everyone has to make and learn from their own mistakes, but I hope someone out there can learn a little something from my journey. There are plenty of ups and down in your college years and I hope the good always out-weighs the not-so-good.

The Good

Studying abroad
Without a doubt, this has been the best decision, possibly of my whole life. Am I being dramatic? Maybe, but probably not– the experience really was amazing. Studying in Granada, Spain for 5 months of my junior year changed how I look at the world and myself. It’s taught me more about the world, my own country and most importantly, myself. I have become a huge advocate of all students studying abroad and can’t imagine my life if I hadn’t of taken the chance to do so. I only wish I had been able to spend a full year abroad.

Plaza de España, Seville,  Spain

Plaza de España, Seville, Spain

The other best decision of my college career was getting a job that has given me meaningful experience and opened my eyes to future careers. I work in the Web Communications office working on WSU’s website and social media and I absolutely love it. I’ve learned so much and now I am headed into the workforce with real-world experience and a sense of which field I would like to enter. Don’t get me wrong, academics are very important but my job experience is just as valuable to me as my grades.


The Bad

Coming to college with my high school best friend
That seems like a dream come true, right? Umm no. Story time: Now, we didn’t choose Winona State because the other did. We both independently made the decision to come here but things didn’t unfold as ideally as I had hoped. Freshman year, we spent way too much time together and I didn’t branch out as much as one should. I didn’t make too many new, close friends and spent a lot of time with her friends.

Fast forward to junior year and this friend and I had a big falling out (big as in 15 months later, I have yet to speak to her). I knew it was time to move on from this friendship but it also meant moving on from many of the other friends I had made and I was left feeling lonely and isolated. It took a lot of resolve to start over with a clean slate but I because I did, I met amazing friends who mean the world to me. If only I had done that my first year.


The Lessons Learned

Branch out
If you already know some people when you arrive on campus that first day, great! Stay in touch with them but don’t depend on them. Don’t stop reaching out to new people because you never know who could end up becoming an irreplaceable  friend.

Take risks
I was terrified of studying abroad. I almost started crying in the airport because I wasn’t sure I could do it. But I didn’t let that stop me. I took a risk and it paid off big time. You can take risks everyday that can lead to amazing opportunities. Introduce yourself to that interesting person in your ENG 111 class. Go to a club meeting even though you don’t know anyone. Apply for a big internship even though you might not get. Remember: “You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take”.

–Liz Ortiz

Spring Break: A Cross-Cultural Education

WSU students pose together outside a school in Jamaica

This group of WSU students used their week off to help out at boys’ home and schools in Jamaica.

Many people travel to other–often warmer– countries to spend their Spring Break and while you certainly can learn about another culture from the beach, that’s not what I am talking about here.

For the past few years the Winona State Education Department has ventured to Jamaica to spend Spring Break at the Sunbeam Boys’ Home, a Christian missionary that provides housing and schooling to at-risk boys. This year was no different.

The WSU students stayed a week with the boys tutoring them, going to church with them, and just enjoying their company. In turn, the boys welcomed the WSU students into their home and taught the college students diversity and how to appreciate new lifestyles and differences.

I interviewed Cara Flom, one of the Education majors who went on the trip that she called “the time of her life.” She said that she couldn’t pick just one part of the trip that she enjoyed the most. She thought it was great to see the boys’ home and she enjoyed playing games—mostly soccer, or as they call it, futbol— and getting to know the kids.

The trip was a really eye-opening experience for Cara and the other students. Before this trip, the WSU students didn’t realize how much our society depends on materialistic items. People in Jamaica reuse and recycle as much as they can.  Cara also said, “The schools they visited are very different from our schools here. [Jamaican] schools are a lot smaller and have some outdated materials because they don’t have the money to spend on new stuff all the time.”

Before their trip, the WSU students held several fundraisers including a spaghetti dinner, a bake sale and a Culver’s fundraiser in addition to the goal to individually raise $200. All of this money went to the Sunbeam Boys’ Home and the area schools in Jamaica. Cara said that when they donated the money, the WSU students “thought they would use it for getting school supplies but some said they could use the money to be able to feed the children. This made her realize that “when going into a new culture you need to listen to what they need and not just assume.”

This is one of the most popular travel study trips through the WSU and all Education majors should definitely take advantage of this fantastic opportunity. It is an eye-opening experience, plus students receive three credits for the trip! It is a great way to gain teaching experience, learn about another culture and help others in need.  Plus, who wouldn’t want to spend a Spring Break in Jamaica?

–Ashley Koeller