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    China and Japan: Studying Abroad for Single Parents

    My name is Amelia Schuyler and I have studied abroad in both China and Japan. At my home institution, Alverno College, our Intercultural Center receives many questions about studying abroad. One question that I have heard multiple times is whether there are any programs or ways for single parents who are returning to college to take advantage of the study abroad opportunities presented to them. Many of our other students returning to college have also posed financial troubles with studying abroad, college loans and balancing their full time jobs as well.

    As a woman with no children, who is attending college directly out of high school, these are questions I would not have thought about had they not been asked while I was working in our Intercultural Center. After I had studied abroad, I grew fond of traveling and there are many more countries and places that I wish to see.

    I've visited cities and buildings of great historical significance, participated in cultural festivals, spoke with citizens in the native language and made many new friends abroad. It was an eye-opening experience that I wish for everyone to have. After hearing about the challenges posed for single parents to try and study abroad, I wished that there were ways that they could meet those challenges and encourage them to study abroad. Traveling is a valuable experience and what I learned about the people and the culture of the countries I studied in, are memories that will last me a lifetime.
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