Traveling abroad is usually a hope that students have for college. With the stress of high school, as well as sports, theater, and homework, it’s hard to get out of the grind and cool down. But CB has been offering trips during spring and summer breaks that allow students the time to travel. 2017 was […]
Traveling abroad is usually a hope that students have for college. With the stress of high school, as well as sports, theater, and homework, it’s hard to get out of the grind and cool down. But CB has been offering trips during spring and summer breaks that allow students the time to travel. 2017 was a great year for CB travelers, with two trips that changed lives. The first was to England, with Ms. Mary Bowers and Mr. Larry Reel ’91, the second to Greece and Italy with Mr. Tom English and Ms. Patti Gallagher.
There is a unique independence that comes from travelling. Teachers and adult chaperones supervise the students, so kids are away from their parents, but are not totally independent: they travel in packs, just three students with an adult. There are times when the students are able to wander around, as long as they use the buddy system.
“As an adult, it’s wonderful to see the things you’re so familiar with from a young person’s eyes,” Ms. Bowers says. Traveling to London gave her “a chance to relive the first time I experienced it, from the Tower of London to Westminster to the Globe.”
Izzy De Mattos (‘19) traveled on the London trip. Her favorite part was the “independence of the trip, and being able to separate from the big group and just wander into a coffee shop.” She also enjoyed how “impressive and beautiful the architecture of London was. Everything was so clean and precise.”
Izzy did not initially want to go on the trip, but once she landed across the pond, she loved it.
“It made me want to go into a career abroad,” she says, as she hopes to pursue a career in international marketing and business.
Traveling abroad is something that pays off in the long run. It’s a time to learn about yourself and find new things you enjoy. Just like Izzy found out she loved international business and coffee, I realized that I loved traveling and learning about the history of other countries, and I am gearing my college studies towards that goal.
While many experiences were touristy and cliche, many were also unique. We got to see five different plays, wandered from the Great Metropolis of London to Cheeky Bath to Studious Oxford, and got to see monumental Stonehenge and climb to the top of St. Paul’s Majestic Dome.
The London trip perfectly captured the joy of curiosity and new experiences that students our age should be achieving. Traveling is a bandwagon that every person, young and old, should jump on.
For all the eager Falcons ready to travel the world, talk to Ms. Tracy Chadbourne and Mr. Paul Havey ’80 about future trips to Israel and Peru in 2019!