We are so pleased to introduce our community to the 2015 Wandering Scholars! We received applications and interviewed students from across the country – from Boston to Los Angeles – and selected these three students to participate in a summer of learning, travel and global engagement. Read their stories below!
Chelsea Ifeadike is a rising senior at Johns Creek High School in Johns Creek, Georgia. An avid reader and a movie enthusiast, Chelsea dreams of writing her own novel and attending the Sundance Film Festival in the future. Her interest in media and arts has driven her desire to travel to different countries and explore different cultures in the hope of becoming a global citizen. She is excited to travel to Costa Rica and learn more about the homeland of her Spanish teacher and the country that her older sister adores. Chelsea believes that being a Wandering Scholar means being open to stepping out of ones comfort zone in order to learn new things, while being mindful that there is always more to see than ones own perspective. For Chelsea, a Wandering Scholar is someone who is motivated and determined to share their experiences in order to inspire others to be fearless and embark on their own journey.
Alexis Kamryn Terry is from Milwaukee, Wisconsin and is a member of the Class of 2016 at Nicolet High School. She is an avid learner and can often be found at the PreCollege Programs at UW-Milwaukee after school. Alexis has also completed PreCollege courses at several other University of Wisconsin sites and applies this knowledge as the captain of her Model United Nations team. Furthermore, Alexis is an active member of her community, and was the recipient of both the National 2015 Alexander Hamilton Citizen Achievement Merit Award and the North Shore Rotary Service Above Self Award for her civic engagement. She is also a regular volunteer barista at her church coffee shop and is ecstatic to have the opportunity to travel to Guatemala, the world’s finest coffee producer. Alexis aspires to become a global citizen and when asked why she wants to be a Wandering Scholar, she said, “being a Wandering Scholar is more than being a tourist; the moment I step on the plane I become an ambassador for the United States.” Alexis is excited to explore the charming colonial city of Antigua, learn more about Mayan Culture, test out her Spanish, and dive into some traditional Guatemalan cuisines. [/pane]
“Being a Wandering Scholar is more than being a tourist; the moment I step on the plane I become an ambassador for the United States.”
Tanaia Wilkinson is from Cambridge, MA, and is a junior attending Cambridge Rindge and Latin School. She enjoys studying biology and the sciences, history, and Spanish, and looks forward to the Ecology, Eco-Action, and World Religion courses that she plans to take next year. Outside of school, she enjoys spending time in nature, reading, and music, to name a few things. Tanaia is excited to meet new people, explore new places, and learn about the Costa Rican environment and culture, and also to share her experiences with other people. To her, being a Wandering Scholar means having a willingness to explore new things and broaden one’s perspective while reaching for new opportunities for personal and community improvement. A Wandering Scholar shares their desire help others by developing educational opportunities, raising awareness, and fostering positive relationships with people in their local and global communities.
“Being a Wandering Scholar means having a willingness to explore new things and broaden one’s perspective while reaching for new opportunities for personal and community improvement.”