Learning outside the classroom

Students have the opportunity to discover Europe this summer

BY ELAINE GEROU
MANAGING EDITOR

The trip of a lifetime is now being offered to Schoolcraft students, faculty and staff through the amazing Discover Europe tour, which takes place this summer from June 29 to July 7. Travelers will visit France, Switzerland, Germany and Austria to see beautiful, old architecture, stroll through city plazas and dine with tasty, new foods among other activities. Dr. Anita Süess Kaushik from the Foreign language Department is coordinating the trip for her eighth year.

PHOTO BY ALEXANDRA DEYKES ASSISTANT LAYOUT AND DESIGN EDITOR

PHOTO BY ALEXANDRA DEYKES
ASSISTANT LAYOUT AND DESIGN EDITOR

“The reason that I started this [trips abroad] is that a lot of students, especially in foreign languages, would love to travel, but on their own, they lack the courage maybe,” said Süess. “They don’t have the linguistic skills, so if a tour like this is organized and they can find the financial means, they are much more likely to come.”

Süess, who lived in Switzerland until she was 27 and speaks German, French, Italian, Spanish and English all fluently, will serve as the tour guide on the trip. The excursion will also be accommodating one or two other groups from U.S. universities.

The trip costs $3,455 for those under 23 and $3,850 for ages above 23, because travelers 23 and older are accommodated with twin rooms, whereas travelers under 23 may be put into triple or quadruple rooms. Those interested in the trip should jump on this price because tomorrow there is a $125 late registration fee.

The trip fee includes round-trip airfare, all transportation, sightseeing tours, admission fees to all sites, three to four star hotels with private bathrooms, daily breakfast and dinner. A full-time multilingual tour director will be in charge of the logistics as well.

It is suggested that travelers plan to spend $20 to $50 a day to budget for lunch, additional activities and souvenirs.

“It’s an experience of a lifetime, honestly. I think it’s going to be really fun, and we’ll probably learn a lot on the way too,” said Schoolcraft student Chelsey Roe.

Roe plans to attend the trip, but is nervous because she doesn’t speak the foreign languages fluently. Schoolcraft student Justin McBride shares similar feelings towards traveling oversea, but insists the journey will be a life changing experience.

“It [the trip] can expand my view of looking at the world and give me a different perspective on the individual lives that we have,” said McBride.

Although two of the nine days are mostly traveling from the U.S. to Europe, which makes seeing four countries in seven days difficult, it the perfect thing for students who are going for their first time to Europe, because it’s like a sampling,” said Süess,

Süess also thinks that, although the trip costs a lot, it is completely worth it.

“To me a trip is life altering; I’ve seen it so many times. Just having traveled outside of your borders, it opens the world to you. You don’t even see your own country the same way anymore,” Süess said. “If students are hesitant, these trips don’t happen. You have to make it happen.”

PHOTO BY ELAINE GEROU MANAGING EDITOR

PHOTO BY ELAINE GEROU
MANAGING EDITOR

In addition to an educational experience, a tour trip like this one is much easier than traveling on your own, Süess said, knowing from the many trips she has taken on her own and having to plan what to do everyday.

“These trips are amazingly easy for whoever participates. You let yours go,” Süess said. “The bus driver drops you off in front of the cathedral. You get an hour, you visit and the bus driver is there again. It’s just so easy.”

There will be a Q and A meet and greet about six weeks prior to the trip for the travelers to learn about everything from countries’ customs to what suitcase sizes are needed. For more information, email Süess at asuess@schoolcraft.edu;