Studying abroad is an adventure that changes a student's perspective, pushes you out of your comfort zone and provides invaluable academic and social experiences. Reagan Laque, NTC ’22, has a passion for learning about people and cultures different from her own. She's interested in a people-centered career, double majoring in public health and anthropology. Raegan says it’s “important to interact with other people and see their way of life… we are separated by oceans and land, but we are all people.” This perspective lead her to study in Ireland this summer.
The Ireland program is at the intersection of everything Reagan is interested in. Since most people in Ireland speak English, there was also less of a barrier for the first-time traveler. She enjoyed experiencing Ireland as a living classroom through her anthropology course. Field trips to museums and historical sites connected real life experiences with class learning. In the ancient history class she took, Reagan reveled in the ability to see the things they were learning about, instead of just looking at photos. “That’s something I couldn’t have gotten [at Tulane],” Reagan recognizes. She also found out how thrilling it is to do research living in the culture she was studying during the “In Sickness and in Health” course. To complete her final research paper on how women in Ireland have had higher death rates than other cultures she was able to use first-hand sources.
Due to her exceptional academic performance, the NTC Study Abroad Office awarded Reagan a scholarship to cover tuition and she received a summer study abroad grant from NTC’s Center for Academic Equity to cover travel. “It’s something I never dreamed in a million years I’d be able to do in a lower-income family.” Reagan shares “I always wanted to travel and explore but wasn’t ever able to. I really worked hard for this all my life and I was able to do it.”
She knows the impact this experience will have on her future, concluding “I feel more able and capable to tackle future things. I got on a plane! I was on my own and did it. I am better suited to go out there and do what I want.”