Forty years ago, Wingate Junior College's administration made a bold decision: to give every student the opportunity to spend 10 days in London, free of charge. Hundreds of sophomores took them up on the offer that first year. Four decades later, W'International is still going strong, though the destinations on offer have change dramatically. Students now spend Christmas break and part of May in Singapore, Estonia, Ireland, Brazil and many other destinations every year. It was a study-abroad vision that has given many a Wingate student a global perspective they might not have gotten otherwise. Also in this issue, learn about international students who have chosen to study at Wingate, and the perspective they have brought to campus.
The first year of W'International threw a few curveballs at organizers: a snowstorm, an appendectomy, hostel-like accommodations. But the result was a home run nonetheless.
W'International provides plenty of memories that will stay with students their entire lives. Altheia Poston Cross '87 will never forget interacting with the pope in Rome.
As far as study abroad goes, Kevin Logan '15 made the most of his four years at Wingate. Logan logged about 43,000 miles in the air in a trio of unforgettable overseas excursions, to three different continents, with University groups.
Having chaperoned a W'International seminar two decades after participating in one as a student, Stacey Harris '00 is in a unique position to reveal how much about the program has changed, and how much hasn't.
Overseas travel brings with it numerous opportunities – including opportunities for plans to go awry. But giving students a chance to see cooler heads prevail is all part of the experience.
Shirin Chan Ku '55 was known as Sui-Kay Chan when she made her way from China to Wingate Junior College in 1955. The resilient Chan found a home at Wingate after an unsettled childhood.