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    Posted March 17, 2014 by
    Florence, Italy
    This iReport is part of an assignment:
    Why study abroad? Ask Michelle Obama

    Encouraging the inner-city youth.

    My name is Terell Wilson. I am 30 years of age (non traditional) student of Kent State University majoring in Applied communication with a minor in Interpersonal communication in(KSU-FLORENCE) Florence, Italy. I am also a current Gilman scholarship recipient. I plan to be a counselor for at-risk youth in the inner cities of America. I decided to study abroad in hopes to learn more about the world, different cultures and myself. Being in a foreign country is a challenge that builds and enhances one's character. Learning a new language and the customs of your new home are very beneficial to your growth. The ability to meet and make new friends from all over the world is priceless.
    Last week I had the task of presenting American holidays and cuisine to Italian middle school students. This was my best experience yet.
    I must stress to the next or current generation that studying abroad has the ability to positively change one's life. The lessons are not limited to the classroom.
    The world is spacious therefore I decided to explore and experience a new land, people, and food. This semester has been the best time of life.
    I feel that I can reach a large number of young adults that are living in the inner-city and inform them of my semester abroad. I believe that since I was raised in the same environment as they are and have made the appropriate changes better my situation. I would think that I'd be sign of hope and that their location in which they reside in should not deter them from being successful. Studying abroad is a great investment, however a semester abroad is very costly. Informing the youth to save their money must be advised. I have a right to feel troubled by the 1% of American students that participated in a study abroad program last year I would love to contribute to raising the number of future students abroad.
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