Kayla Ohlin

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Thiel College

Heinz Programming Area:
Economic Opportunity
International Experience Summary:

Kayla Ohlin spent five weeks this summer in San Sebastian Spain. As part of an International Business Program, Kayla attended classes at the University of Deusto. She studied the Economics of the European Union and the Society, Politics and Society of Spain. Kayla spent valuable time learning both in and out of the classroom. In classes taught by native professors she was exposed to the global economic crisis, and worked with others to contemplate solutions. Kayla was exposed to a new culture: living in a city for the first time in her life, in a country of a different language and way of life. Enticed by new food and flavors, Kayla loved the cuisine. Her experiences ranged from her first opera to meeting with the city’s Director of Volunteer Services. While San Sebastian is a prosperous city, it is not without its needy. Kayla spent countless hours learning about the Basque Country in Spain. Did you know that the sport of rowing stems from the whaling days in the North Atlantic? This, and so much more was exposed to her. While Kayla saw many tourist attractions, she also went to lesser known sites within Spain such as the World Peace Museum in Guernica which was the site of an atrocious bombing in World War II. Whether on the public bus on the way to school or on a hike in mountains, Kayla interacted with the people of San Sebastian. These exchanges of ideas were her favorite part of her trip. Overall, Spain provided Kayla with an educational experience far beyond what the classroom could ever offer, and she is eager to share her knowledge with everyone she meets.

Community Engagement Experience Summary:

CEE Title: Domestic Violence Awareness

For her CEE, Kayla and her teammates created a Domestic Violence Awareness event for their university community. Leading up to the event, they distributed information on local, national and global domestic violence. They also developed an informational poster that is now on permanent display in their school’s guidance office. To conclude their program, they screened a movie about domestic violence that was followed by a discussion by the students present.