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 them the chance.
Garrett, a Psychology and Information Technology double major, discussed the 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. 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 their family to attend college, studied in Japan for about a month last summer. After a grueling 26-hour flight, Garrett settled in to their apartment-like hotel room and was immersed in Japanese culture. Garrett studied at Seisen University in Higashigotanda, Shinigawa City, Tokyo, a private Catholic college.
After spending upwards of seven hours a day learning Japanese, they would occasionally strike out on their 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,” Garrett 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,” Garrett said. “It was an amazing place, filled with many things to do and places to see.”