Elizabeth Dyminski took this winning photo of rhinos at the Ziwa Rhino and Wildlife Ranch during her volunteer abroad experience in Uganda.
The winner of the Georgian Court University Global Education Photo Contest, highlighting students’ global experiences, was announced November 19 during a Global Exhibit/Reception and Study Abroad Student Panel in GCU’s Sister Mary Joseph Cunningham Library.
Elizabeth Dyminski, the winner, went to Uganda in the summer of 2019 and took a picture of rhinos while visiting a rhino preserve on a three-day safari trip. While she was there to volunteer in the medical field and help residents who struggled with poor medical care, she also made time to tour parts of the country.
“Volunteering abroad was the best decision I have ever made,” she said. “I was able to travel across the world and provide medical support to those in need. This opportunity helped me grow as a person and realize that you do not need money to be happy.” Her winning photo will be permanently displayed in the library as this year’s Global Education Photo Contest winner.
Sharing Global Experiences
The panel judging the Global Education Photo Contest included former study abroad students who shared their experiences with the audience.
For example, Oliver Madrid went to Lisbon, Portugal, and loved his time there. He made many friends, learned about the culture, and explored a new country. He encouraged anyone thinking about studying abroad to go for it because they may never have the chance to do it again.
Global Education Club President Landry Cheta, an international student from England, traveled around Europe this summer. He experienced the world while learning about different cultures and ways of life.
“Studying abroad is a great opportunity to push yourself out of your comfort zone and learn much about yourself and the world around you,” he said.
All panelists recommend studying abroad for anyone who is thinking about it. If you are thinking about studying abroad, e-mail Laura Grodewald to set up a meeting. Also, check out the Global Education blog to catch up on all our GCU study abroad adventures, and follow the Global Education Instagram @GCU_global.
Story contributed by GCU digital communication major Taylor O’Keefe ’21.