CBT Student Receives the Opportunity of a Lifetime

Colin Compton

Students in the College of Business and Technology (CBT) are taking advantage of the many opportunities that Eastern Kentucky University provides students to study abroad. Colin Compton won a study abroad scholarship to Japan for the Summer 2015 semester. He won the scholarship through EKU Study Abroad’s “Spin the Wheel event,” in which students played a Wheel of Fortune-like game that would determine their education abroad provider, and from there they could choose from two possible destination options.

The scholarship covers all program costs as well as airfare. Colin was chosen from a group of 325 eligible students, so being awarded this trip is quite an achievement. He shared his story in a short pre-trip interview.

Q- Tell me about yourself.

A- Well I'm a Junior, I'm from Belfry, Kentucky (near Pikeville) and I am a Broadcasting major with a minor in Journalism. 

Q- You were given two locations in which you could study abroad.  What were the two options, and why did you choose to go to Japan?

A- I chose Japan because Denmark is a pretty socialist country, and I don't like socialism. Plus Japan is the video game nerd’s Mecca.

Q- What are you most excited about?

A- I'm most excited about seeing a new landscape and traveling across it, I want to meet humble Japanese people, and share cultural exchanges.

Q- What are you most apprehensive about?

A- I'm most apprehensive about waiting to go there. I wish I could be there tomorrow, I have no fear or nervousness of going, I've traveled internationally before and flying on a plane is super fun. 

Q- How do you believe that studying abroad will benefit your educational experience, future career, and life in general?

A- When I get to Japan I'll be taking two classes, one about Japanese history and the other about Japanese culture. So on an educational level I'll have a small background in international travel and cultural relations.  From a career standpoint, it always looks good on a resume to see that someone has traveled abroad and studied in different places, and I feel it will make me stand out from the competition in terms of searching for a career. And when it comes to how this will affect my life, I'm going to Japan. That's just super dope and I'll never forget it. 

Stay tuned and hear back from Colin about his study-abroad experience once he returns back to the United States in the Fall semester of 2015. 

Find out more about Study Abroad:

Students interested in studying abroad may contact Jennifer White at the Study Abroad Office in the Whitlock Building, Room 455, to discuss all the program options. Jennifer can be contacted via phone at 859-622-1705 or by email at ekuabroad@eku.edu.

-written by Lauren Ray, Graduate Assistant
Office of the Dean, EKU College of Business and Technology

Published on February 13, 2015