Abroad101 Student of the Week #0116 – Kendall Shanks


A HUGE congratulations goes to our 116th Abroad101 Student of the Week winner, Kendall Shankst! Kendall is currently a senior at Hardin Valley Academy. She is a brilliant student, with a 4.0 GPA, received a lot of honors, awards and distinctions like the Business Student of the year, the LIU Scholars Award, or the High Honor Roll just to mention some. Along with this, she is also involved in volunteer work, clubs, societies and extracurricular activities, and she is a very dedicated student, she always give a 100% in everything that she does . One of Kendall’s passion is to learn languages, she speaks English, is learning French and plans on studying Spanish, Mandarin as well as conversational Italian in college. If she gets the opportunity, she would like to also learn Arabic, Esperanto and ASL in the future.

Kendall future plans is to earn a degree in Global Studies and a minor in International Relations. Another field that she’s very interested in is law, and she would like to go to pre-law and law school after her Bachelor Degree. With the combination of both a degree in global studies and in law, she hopes to be able to accomplish her ultimate goal and work to protect the rights of immigrants and refugees. Kendall explained that she decides that she wanted to do this as her job because one day during a research that she was doing for her school, she met with two young refugees, Jose and Miguel. They really opened her eyes and made her realize how much struggle it is to feel like you’re an outsider, she understood their everyday struggles and how they push themselves to overcome the fear and insecurity that they have to live with. That is why her ultimate goal is to work to protect the rights of immigrants and refugees, because she doesn’t want to see other students struggling in school and feeling excluded because of language barrier.

To reach her goal, Kendall is going to Study Abroad to Costa Rica. She has been accepted to attend the Global program at Long Island University, in New York. The program will start in the fall of 2017, and she will spend one year in Costa Rica, living with a host family.  For Kendall, being able to study abroad will give her the unique opportunity to understand the issues refugees and immigrants face in their native countries. She also said that she will: ” study world cultures to help create a safe environment in the United States that will protect these cultures and people of the world who now call America home.”

Kendall worked hard to get where she is, and she believes that hard work really does pay off. She doesn’t want money to be the element that stops her from pursuing her dream and her passion. That’s why she started this fundraising Mission. Kendall assures that she will use these funds to pay  some of her tuition. Along with this fundraising Mission that she created, she is also working part-time while in school, in order to save some money for her Study Abroad trip.

We wish Kendall all the best in Costa Rica and hope that she will have a life changing experience there!

To check out Kendall’s Mission and donate to her cause, click here!

The Abroad 101 Student of the Week initiative awards a student who created a Mission for a study abroad program on GoEnnounce with a donation to their fundraiser. Learn more about this partnership from Abroad101 CEO Mark Shay and GoEnnounce founder Melissa Davis here.

Stay tuned for our next Abroad101 Student of the Week!

Happy e-nnouncing!

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