April 17, 2019
NEWBURGH, N.Y. -
Mount student Chalondra Garrett hit the busy Tokyo streets last summer to learn about Japanese culture.
Mount Saint Mary College student Chalondra Garrett of Newburgh, N.Y. always dreamed of visiting Japan – and last year, a study abroad program gave her the chance.
Garrett, a Psychology and Information Technology double major, discussed her scholarly trip to Japan on Tuesday, April 16. The presentation was part of the “Travel To” series, which is sponsored by the college’s Career Center and coordinated by Megan Rossi ’13, Study Abroad Coordinator. The series gives Mount staff, students, and faculty the opportunity to present their travel experiences and share the world with the Mount community.
Garrett, the first in her family to attend college, studied in Japan for about a month last summer. After a grueling 26-hour flight, she settled in to her apartment-like hotel room and was immersed in Japanese culture. She studied at Seisen University in Higashigotanda, Shinigawa City, Tokyo, an all-women’s private Catholic college.
After spending upwards of seven hours a day learning Japanese, she would occasionally strike out on her own. As a fan of Japanese animation, Garrett’s trip to the Ghibli Museum in Mitaka – which celebrates the work of Studio Ghibli – was a dream come true.
“I'm very fortunate for the experience, and was glad I had the opportunity to go,” she said.
Garrett’s trip was made possible by an award from the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship. The Gilman Scholarship supports American undergraduate students of limited financial means to study or intern abroad.
“Overall my experience abroad in Tokyo was something I would never think I would get to experience in my lifetime,” she said. “It was an amazing place, filled with many things to do and places to see.”