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UW-L students gain new perspective after trip to India

Published On: Feb 13 2014 09:00:58 AM CST
Updated On: Feb 13 2014 09:01:18 AM CST

A group of U-W La Crosse students are seeing the world from a new perspective after spending nearly three weeks in India.

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) -

A group of U-W La Crosse students are seeing the world from a new perspective after spending nearly three weeks in India. 

The trip was put on by the Communication Studies Department and focused on international communication while learning about India's diverse culture.    

Video taken by the students show a unique look inside the country. The students were able to see everything from the Taj Mahal to the country's inner city slums. 

Professors on the trip say it was great opportunity for students to experience life outside of the Midwest.

"When you're out of your comfort zone and you're in a location and an environment that's very, very different and challenging in many ways emotionally and physically then you kind of understand  not only the other culture better but you also understand yourself and you figure out what's really important to me,” said UW-L Communication Studies Professor Ayesha Patnaik. 

While many students went on the trip with a wide range of expectations...  after spending more than two weeks in the country, the trip proved to be much more than they ever imagined.

"How a different country impacts you I don't think is tangible,” said UW-L student Austin Bar. “I think It changes each person differently  and I know I'm a better person going there, going aboard, traveling and being able to see those different things and being able to interact with them in a different way than I ever thought I would be able to." 

Professors who went on the trip are already planning their next adventure. They hope to take students to Turkey in the near future.

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