Study Away Helps Student Step Out of her Comfort Zone

Kathryn Manning

Some of the most life-changing moments in a college student’s education can occur during experiences outside the walls of a classroom. At Gardner-Webb University, our students explore the world through field research, internships, study abroad, and community and global service.

Students like Kathryn Manning, '18, who study away are able to take advantage of cultural immersion programs that allow for a different way of looking at life, other people, and places. Perched on the edge of a platform nearly 11 stories high, Manning had a choice to make. Should she jump and soar on a Tarzan swing through the valley of the Arenal Volcano in Costa Rica?

Manning’s excursion was part of a one-month study abroad trip offered by the Gardner-Webb University Department of World Languages, Literatures, and Cultures. The students stay with host families, attend Spanish immersion and culture classes in the morning, and have the afternoons to explore the country. Living in a different country and with its people, students build confidence in their ability to communicate and reach beyond the simple routines of life. Much like leaping off the platform on the Tarzan swing, the Boiling Springs, N.C., native stepped out of her comfort zone to experience the Costa Rican way of life.

Gardner-Webb is a Christian, private, liberal arts university where we join with our students to redefine the classroom, foster transformative opportunities, and cultivate a community that celebrates faith through service and learning. A student-centered experience and rigorous academics prepare our students for careers and lives as diverse as they are. Ignite your future at Gardner-Webb University.