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Through Our Lenses: CCI Students Document Their Education Abroad

Posted Oct. 31, 2011
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College of Communication and Information student
Katherine Armstrong took this photo that shows the interior
of a mosque during her education abroad experience in
Istanbul, Turkey.

A juried photo exhibit spotlighting education-abroad students in the College of Communication and Information is now on display in the Kent State University Library.

Forty remarkable photos were selected to provide a glimpse of how College of Communication and Information education-abroad students see the world. Included are images from all over Europe and Asia.

“These photographs, all taken by College of Communication and Information students while studying abroad, show just a fraction of the depth of talent our students possess and the range of experiences they’ve had around the world,” says Deborah Davis, coordinator of international programs for the college.

Adding an extraordinary dimension to the photos and the experiences they represent is the knowledge that the college’s education-abroad students are often the first in their families to even own a passport.

“Many of our students have no family history of international travel and no easy way to finance such a thing,” Davis says. “But they have been determined to see and understand the world, and they have returned with a global perspective that will permanently change who they are and dramatically increase the contributions they will make to their workplaces and their communities as they move through life. They are quite impressive, and as the photos show, they are curious, adventurous, perceptive — and so talented.”

Information design major Chloe Makarick echoed many students’ reflections on their experiences abroad when describing her own.

“There hasn't been a day that’s gone by since I've returned that I haven't been reminded of my experiences while studying abroad," Makarick says. “The world is a much smaller place to me now; we're all connected, and it's important to be more aware of the people around you. I went on study abroad hoping to learn more about other places and other cultures, but I came home and realized how much I learned about myself.”

Exhibit photos will hang in the quiet study area of the library behind the circulation desk, as well as in the computer lab area near the reference desk throughout the year. The student photographers, along with family and guests, will celebrate the exhibit’s opening at a reception on Wednesday, Nov. 9, in the University Library.

The College of Communication and Information offers a range of education-abroad options to meet the academic and personal goals of the college’s students, including short, faculty-led courses and semester-long programs.

To see more of the college’s education-abroad students’ work and to learn more about our programs, visit