…and what are your plans?

Now is a good time of the year to start planning your winter/summer break. Last summer, two of our international students, Shinichi Akaeda (Japan, Class’2017, Religion Major) and Safar (Adam) Kurbansho (Tajikistan, Class’2018, Financial Economics and Mathematics Major) travelled to Russia. Students visited 9 cities: Moscow, Saint Petersburg, Sochi, Kazan, Nizhny Novgorod, Sevastopol, Yalta, Bakhchisarai, and Krasnodar.

A Foreign Victory Day

Shin’Ichi: “I will note the last extraordinary summer spent in Russia with a friend of mine. The day I visited, Ninth of May, was there called the “victory” day for the “Great Patriotic War;” in other words, as many of us recognize, it is the “end” of “World War II” in my history book. However, it was very different from the appreciation I have experienced in my home, Japan. I saw a lot of reminiscences of real destruction that anybody knows who had done to that country, and fathers and fathers of fathers tell their children what had happened at that time and what they had done to protect the homeland. Any allies or axes of the war may do the similar thing on the anniversary of the World War, but the interpretation varies from person to person: with a sense of freedom, reconciliation, independence, pacification, failure, shame, patience, or a recovery of humanity. I tried to murmur myself what I could tell from this memorial day, looking at a boy holding a cup of ice cream in the Red Square. Some eloquence to speak up might be needed to become an adult having responsibility.”

#GlobalMonarchs #MUInternational #MethodistUniversity #SummerBreak #MeaningfulTravel

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