This week’s classy co-ed is a student from the University of South Florida who is currently studying abroad at Kansai Gaidai University in Japan. Inga Zakradze is an international business major who decided to travel to Japan for the spring 2013 semester and intern with a foreign company while abroad.
Inga chose Kansai Gaidai University because it is a well-established international university, but also because of its location. The university sits between Kyoto, one of Japan’s oldest cities, and Ōsaka, Japan’s third most populated city and an important commercial center. Being located between the two areas allowed Inga to experience both the historic and modern side of Japanese culture. “It’s always the new and the old…the discrepancy perfectly captures Japan,” she noted when I spoke to her over Skype.
When asked why it’s important to study abroad, she said that we all have certain preconceived notions about the world, but “when you go abroad, you find that all of your expectations and your reservations will be greatly altered. I think that’s a good thing.” When you travel, she continued, you will become a different person because “you learn not only about the other culture and the outside world but you also learn about yourself.”
Her advice to aspiring travelers is, “if you want to go abroad, you should not be intimidated of not knowing where you want to go. The important thing is to do, and not to just think about it.”
Inga will spend the next few weeks interning in the marketing department of an international corporation, and then return to the United States in July for her senior year at the University of South Florida.
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