Aleka Simmons is a Detroit native & currently a Junior at Michigan State University majoring in Child Development. She is one of our Spring 2019 Passport Support Scholarship Recipients

“Those who do not move, Do not notice their chains.”

Words from Aleka Simmons, Our 2019 Passport Support Scholarship Recipient

Aleka Simmons is a Detroit native & currently a Junior at Michigan State University majoring in Child Development

From the moment I started my college career at MSU they have spoken about Education/Study Abroad every chance they could. My freshman year I met a senior named Janae and she also stressed the importance of studying abroad to me and to the black community as a whole. So I knew it was something I wanted to do, so when the time came I started to look up good programs specifically in the College of Education since that is my major. I found one that was very hands-on in terms of being able to actually teach in classrooms. And it was a culture I essentially did not know anything about. That is how I picked Japan for my first study abroad trip!

I knew my family really wouldn’t be able to help much so, I started to fundraise and I came across this Passport Scholarship by Wanderlust Revolution through Facebook. I had never flown internationally or at all for that matter and I was very surprised at how much a passport cost. This scholarship helped me so much because I was able to be reimbursed for the passport I bought and was able to use that money to purchase an extremely needed suitcase and other travel necessities for my trip, that otherwise I would have been stressed about how I was going to buy it. But aside from the financial help, this scholarship gave me I was also able to join a powerful movement and meet such a great person. Sirrita has been so inspiring and offered help and assistance during my pre-departure. This is the first I’ve heard of a movement like this for Detroit youth and I am so ecstatic because it is so needed. Now that I have been abroad I can bring back some of my knowledge and encourage more young black people to go abroad and experience another culture because there is so much more outside of Detroit.

I had an AMAZING time studying abroad in Japan for three weeks. I was able to visit about 9 or 10 different cities while there. And one of my favorite parts about the trip was the intercultural interaction part. When I was able to be actively engaged and working with university students from Shimane and Tokyo Gakugei University. I was able to get more immersed in the culture than I would’ve have been able to do on my own. I made connections that will last a lifetime. I was able to learn about their school system and teach two different lessons in two different schools and visit a number of different schools. Overall, this was an amazing experience that I will cherish and always remember.

For the next 10 years I will have a valid passport that I will use to continue my traveling journey because Japan is only the first stop. And it is all thanks to Sirrita and Wanderlust Revolution and I can not stress enough how grateful and appreciative I am for being selected for this scholarship.

Thank you so much!

Author: Sirrita Darby

Sirrita l Educator l Idealist 💜 Dream Connoisseur ⚖ Social-Change Agent 🌍 Wanderlust 🔥 Lover of All Things Trap By Grace, Through Faith GOAL: Visit 27 Countries by 27th Birthday

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