For nine years, I’ve had the great privilege of leading John V. Roach Honors College students through Europe. One-hundred and eleven students currently make up the Cultural Routes family, and we are preparing to welcome 16 more with CR9. These 16 join an incredible clan: alumni of CR have gone on to forge memorable careers at TCU, purse advanced degrees at prestigious universities, travel internationally as Fulbright Scholars, and secure impressive, fulfilling occupations. More importantly, many of them have made a positive difference in lives and communities with increased cultural awareness, intelligence and sensitivity; they’ve learned to be more emotionally resilient and better communicators. As they’ve become difference makers, they’ve learned to understand, accept, identify, and empathize with difference.
This blog will document the story —the intense learning, thoughtful reflections, and once-in-a-lifetime experiences—of the new 16 through words, images,and video. The site will offer both academic reflections / meaning making and storytelling.
Below are pics from past Cultural Routes experiences, images of people I will certainly remember as CR9 tackles active and experiential learning in an extremely exhausting and incredibly fulfilling manner: walking quickly over cobblestones, climbing mountains, surveying memorials, sharing meals, discussing meaning and motivation late into the night, and exploring culture while directly and openly facing challenges. They are mi familia, and Cultural Routes is about them—their experiences, adventures, lessons, growth, and cultural connections.
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Welcome to intellectual, emotional, and material journey of CR9!