Passport to London, England

Esther Kentish Start Date: Sep 14, 2016 - End Date: Nov 12, 2016
  • Educational/Research Trip
  • Professional Development
  • Study/Degree Abroad
  • London, United Kingdom

My Travel Story

by: Esther Kentish Start Date: Sep 14, 2016 - End Date: Nov 12, 2016
  • Educational/Research Trip
  • Professional Development
  • Study/Degree Abroad

 Hard work and education is the foundational blueprint for all extrinsic and intrinsic success. I am seeking to study abroad due to my keen desire to expand on the cultivation of educational prosperity and scholastic advancement. I have never had the opportunity or the funding to go out of the country or even out of the state. This opportunity is extremely important to me because studying abroad is a journey that I would love to embark on.

I have been a member of the National TriO Programs since I was only eleven years old. I have been a part of TriO Talent Search, Upward Bound Program, and the Ronald E. McNair Program which are all programs that ultimately help individuals become college educated. I have always aimed to participate in programs where I was able to maximize on the opportunities. One of my goals in life is to create artistic enrichment programs that target individuals dealing with hardship such as violence, economic disparity and social problems. The study abroad program will help me accomplish this goal through providing me with the experience of a lifetime. This program will provide the opportunities for me to broaden my experience with not only poetry, but also the world around me. As an English major and a Philosophy minor, I believe that it is imperative to share my experiences with those who have not ever been able to leave their circumstances.

Studying abroad will give me a platform to begin my cultural experience outside of the United States. As a motivational speaker, I have been personally invited by two leaders of major corporations. Linda Lorelle, CEO of the Linda Lorelle Scholarship Fund, invited me to speak about my experience as a scholar and how far my education has taken me. Additionally, Nory Angel, former CEO of SER Jobs for Progress invited me to speak with her Board of Directors and expand on the resilience that is reflected during my collegiate and life experiences. Participating in the study abroad program is an unimaginable and adds to the makeup of my very being. Studying abroad will create a platform for me to promote academic scholarship assistance to high school students as an approach to lead others who face extenuating circumstances to higher education. Additionally, this cultural experience will create an open door that will allow me to motivate other college students that have faced hardship to take advantage of this wonderful opportunity. My life is dedicated to motivate and engage individuals in life-altering storytelling and articulation of their persistent challenges.

I craft and perform original poems to promote awareness and be a vocal catalyst to the issues affecting all collegiate, national and international communities. As an exuberant poet, activist, and orator, taking these two specific course will help me continue to find new innovative ways to utilize poetry as the art of connecting individuals together through language and rhetoric. I have been asked to participate in the campus-wide Courtyard Poet competition hosted by the UTA English Department and will feature in the English Graduate Student Association {STET} peer-reviewed journal. Additionally, I have also been asked by former UT Arlington Shorthorn opinion editor to produce my own Poetry Column. Studying abroad will allow me to continue to solidify my need to educate the youth about the schema of international issues and conductivity of foreign countries.

  • London, United Kingdom