Author: Alfredo Roman
Program: Aviation Safety Operation
Study Abroad Location: New York – Mile Course
I have always enjoyed traveling to new cities and experiencing different types of cultures and environments. I was immediately on board when I heard about the Mile Program and its benefit of studying while traveling, to receive a credit towards my education.
My favorite aspect of the New York Mile trip was the learning environment. Our tour guide and teachers, gave us the maximum learning experience by planning some outstanding days filled with educational activities. Each day we would do as much as possible and learn all that we absolutely could. The daily schedule was planned to offer maximum learning in one day, while also giving the students time to explore for themselves. In the span of a day, we would learn about the city culture and history. The activities were all carefully chosen; creating plenty of interest and excitement with each place we visited. My favorite activity was when we visited the National Museum. I thoroughly enjoyed the museum since I have a strong admiration for history. It ended up being one of the highlights of my trip.
During my trip, like all travelers, I did experience a few challenges. The heavy traffic in New York made it difficult to maneuver the city, however the taxis could make their way through when nobody else could. I also found the subway line completely different than the one in Toronto, make it challenging to become familiar with the routes. With the help of icebreaker activities, I was able to develop new friendships within the group that traveled together to New York. I held a little social in my room nightly and immediately everyone started opening up to one another.
The New York Mile trip was definitely a learning experience and taught me life long lessons such as: how to socialize in new environments and how to create new lasting friendships. This trip has also given me a new understanding on different religions, cultures as well as languages.
I highly recommend the Mile program to anyone who is interested. I have and will continue to build a rapport with the people I have met on this experience. I will hold onto the lasting memories that could not have been obtained from any textbook or in a classroom environment. Above all, I am thankful for having this opportunity to grow within the Mile program, while being granted a credit towards my studies.