Queens University of Charlotte is sending 19 students and 2 faculty members to the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio, Brazil.
More than 90 percent of traditional, undergraduate students at Queens are able to study abroad with the John Belk International Program, or JBIP as we call it on campus. Through JBIP, students are able to participate in faculty-led study tours, semester or year-long exchange programs, international internships and language and cultural immersion programs.
This year, one of the six faculty-led trips is to document the impact of the Olympic Games on Rio de Janeiro. Through an interview process, 18 classmates and I were selected to be apart of this journey. My classmates are some of the most talented and creative individuals and this is an opportunity that we don’t take lightly.
We won’t be your typical tourists.
Leading up to the trip, we devoted a semester in the spring that introduced us to digital storytelling and the Olympic movement. We were divided into six teams comprising of a videographer, producer, and creative director. In class, we spent a lot of time connecting Brazil to Charlotte and the Carolinas.
Bob Page, advisor to student media in the Queens Knight School of Communication and Assistant Professor of Communication Joe Cornelius, have prepared us for this trip and now it is time for the big reveal —that we are able to be better storytellers than when we started. We are given an unique opportunity as field producers to meet tons of people, an experience not too many of your typical tourist take advantage of.
Six Portuguese-speaking, journalism students from Mackenzie Presbyterian University in São Paulo will be joining us on this adventure. With our now tuned skills of production and their extensive knowledge of the city, and language of course, we cannot wait to take on this beautiful challenge.
To follow us on our journey, we will be blogging and adding our media packages on our website. Now, I’m going to cry because I have nothing packed.