January Term’s three-week language and culture track opens the door to exploration, taking students from one side of the world to Lynn University’s campus.
Students participated in several new courses, with two taking a new angle on the traditional linguistic class experience: Travel Peru in 13 days and Indian culture through the lens of Bollywood.
“India is a colorful nation! Everything about it is fascinating, from the food to clothing and multitude of languages spoken,” said Dr. Harika Rao, assistant professor. “I am honored to be a small part of my students’ journey through the country from different perspectives.”
Indian culture through the lens of Bollywood
Rao takes students inside Indian culture by tapping into her native roots. The course explores the country’s customs, allowing students to learn about its political and education system and religious practices, as well as the basic skills of Hindi, the country’s national language.
Bollywood, the Hindi-language film industry, is a major component of Indian way of life. Students study history through blockbuster movies from the golden era of black and white film to the modern globalized color films era, learning traditional Bollywood dance moves along the way.
“Considering that India’s population is one of the fastest growing in the world, I seized the opportunity to discover more about its diverse society and Hindi language,” said senior Daniel Cooper. “Our professor, who lived in India and continues to visit frequently, made more me even more excited to learn from an authentic source.”
Travel Peru in 13 Days
The Travel Peru in 13 Days course takes students on a journey through Peruvian history, food and drink like the Peruvian national spirit, Pisco, and historic landmarks such as Machu Picchu.
“As a proud Peruvian, I am always happy to talk about where I come from,” said Adriana Egocheaga, instructor and academic coach. “It is my hope that through learning about Peru’s many traditions, I will spark an interest in these students and turn them into honorary Peruvians!”
Beyond the classroom
Many students use J-Term to gain a firsthand experience through study abroad programs offered in over 70 countries. Students study the local language, visit iconic landmarks, help local communities through service projects and even take advantage of career prep courses—cornerstones of the J-Term experience.
“Before coming to Japan, I envisioned learning as limited to the classroom. I couldn’t have been more wrong,” said sophomore Nathan Jaffe. “Seeing how the Japanese take pride in everything they do, has inspired me to adapt similar techniques into my life long after J-Term ends.”
Whether they’re learning to write in Hindi or playing the Peruvian pan flute, J-Term allows students to leave their comfort zone and grow as global citizens.