I've been an admission counselor at DU for over 10 years, and I've listened to the stories of our students returning from their study abroad trips on countless occasions. France, Brazil, Ireland, Italy, Senegal, China, New Zealand... the list continues! Our Cherrington Global Scholars Program allows students to travel and study abroad for the cost of a traditional quarter spent on campus, and there are over 150 programs to choose from. It's no wonder over 70% of our undergraduates are taking advantage of this opportunity. I frequently tell prospective students and families this program has really become the hallmark of a DU education, and as a firmly entrenched member of the DU community, I wanted to experience a taste of this global culture for myself.
While I wasn't able to study abroad while I was in college, I have always loved to travel, and I equally enjoy returning to much-beloved cities as well as exploring a new country for the first time. Spain - Barcelona in particular - has been at the very top of my travel bucket list for a few years now, and I finally took time this summer to experience the culture, music, and cuisine of this very special city.
The best caprese salad I've ever eaten
I've been thoroughly ruined for fresh calamari... it will never taste like this again
Paella cooking class!
Me, incredibly happy to finally be exploring this city
A park, and a monument, I fell in love with
The street art in Barcelona is amazing
Scenes from the Sagrada Familia
Highlights of one of the most incredible meals I've ever experienced
And jamon iberico, because... well, jamon iberico......
In “Innocents Abroad", Mark Twain wrote, “Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime.” I love this quote. It's a needed reminder that open-mindedness, acceptance of others, and seeking out 'newness' is more important than ever. Seek out newness! The unknown! There is literally a world of possibility just waiting to be discovered, and you’re the only one who can bring your own context and life experience to those discoveries. Go show the world who you are and be open to being changed by the world.
Stephanie Tengelsen - Associate Director, Undergraduate Admission