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Chasing Chances

by Published: Feb 2, 2011

Learning Environment: Sarah Nagel, Demaris McBride and Kyle Lucas (above) enjoy an authentic meal while studying abroad in South Korea last summer. Photo Courtesy of Sarah Nagel

Learning Environment: Sarah Nagel, Demaris McBride and Kyle Lucas (above) enjoy an authen­tic meal while study­ing abroad in South Korea last sum­mer. Photo Courtesy of Sarah Nagel

Ferris opened a wide door of pos­si­bil­i­ties to three stu­dents who sim­ply had the courage to walk through it.

Sarah Nagel, Kyle Lucas and Demaris McBride par­took in a career-changing seven week FSU study abroad pro­gram in Seoul, South Korea last sum­mer.

Since study­ing away, all three stu­dents have been offered year-long teach­ing posi­tions in South Korea.

Graduate stu­dents Nagel and Lucas will be leav­ing for this extended Korean adven­ture on Feb. 4.

Round trip air­fare to their new work loca­tion in Daegu, South Korea and the cost of their rent will be com­pletely cov­ered through­out their stay. They will be work­ing 30 paid hours each week. The new path taken in their careers would not have been pos­si­ble with­out the oppor­tu­ni­ties given at Ferris.

“I’m going back. I wouldn’t be doing this if I never went there in the first place,” Lucas said.

Ferris stu­dents have the oppor­tu­nity to study away through the Office of International Education. Students can earn aca­d­e­mic cred­its on their pro­gram, learn a new lan­guage and expand their cul­tural experiences.

“I think that stu­dents think they can’t study away, because it’s too expen­sive. I didn’t have any money to go to Europe and I got it by talk­ing to peo­ple. If you feel like you can’t go, talk to peo­ple before you rule it out,” McBride said.

Nagel rec­om­mends stu­dents to expe­ri­ence the world of trav­el­ing and study­ing abroad. She described how she expe­ri­enced a dif­fer­ent cul­ture, friendly peo­ple and excel­lent food. The pro­gram they attended offered them a chance to meet new peo­ple from all over the world includ­ing South Korea, Australia, England and other parts of the United States.

“People need to develop their own views of the world. You’ll never know about the world until you go. It’s noth­ing like we see on TV,” Mcbride said. “It changed my mind on what I wanted to do in life.”

During their stay in Seoul, the first three weeks of the pro­gram were des­ig­nated to tutor stu­dents in English. After their expe­ri­ence of tutor­ing other col­lege stu­dents, the rest of the pro­gram was for per­sonal edu­ca­tion stud­ies. Some classes attended were art his­tory, Korean lan­guage for begin­ners, and east­ern civilization.

“I enjoyed my time in Korea. I will be mov­ing back to Korea for a year and teach­ing stu­dents. They want to work on their English. They are col­lege stu­dents just like you, Nagel said.

During their first Korean expe­ri­ence, they made life-long friends and are excited to go back. To have a well-paying job out of col­lege and con­tinue their love of trav­el­ing, Lucas, Nagel and McBride see no drawbacks.

“Personally, I can’t see draw­backs, because I would be work­ing and leav­ing Big Rapids right after col­lege. I’m get­ting paid more and my boyfriend is going,” Nagel said.

McBride will be join­ing Lucas and Nagel in South Korea after his grad­u­a­tion in May.

“I love trav­el­ing. I have the oppor­tu­nity to travel and pay off stu­dent loans,” said Lucas. “This was a life-changing expe­ri­ence. If any­one is inter­ested, they should do it.”

For more infor­ma­tion on study­ing abroad, con­tact the Office of International Education or visit fer​ris​.edu/​s​t​u​d​y​a​w​ay/. n