Missouri State University
Kunti Bentley

Kunti Bentley

  • Major: Anthropology
  • Second Major: Global Studies
  • Hometown: Springfield, Mo.
  • Program: International Studies Abroad
  • Country: Chile

Student traveled abroad with her family

Kunti, a nontraditional student, researched a program that allowed her and her family to visit Chile, where she said "the streets are full of life, music, art."

Kunti is double majoring in anthropology and global studies. She studied in Valparaiso, Chile during spring 2012. Kunti (pictured with her family) took some time to answer a few questions about her global experience so far:

Why did you decide to study abroad?

In order to fully acquire a grasp on the concept of how global our world is becoming, I felt that it was especially important to see that world outside of the classroom. Having traveled independently and having attended MSU, I realize that combining classroom experience with life experience is one of the best ways to become a well-educated, globally aware citizen. Getting involved in a study away program is the perfect way to combine these two elements of education.

What have you enjoyed about Chile?

Chile is such an intense country and it is amazing to see firsthand how its recent history has affected the sociocultural environment. Getting a glimpse into how the society functions and into how passionate its people are has been one of my favorite aspects of spending time in this country. The streets are full of life, music, art ... people are exploding with expression and it is wonderful to see firsthand.

What advice would you give to other students who are considering studying abroad with their family? 
My only real advice would be to be flexible and persevere. If your goal is to gain experience studying abroad and you want to take your family, there is a program out there that will fit your needs. Don't stop asking questions and don't be afraid to let people know you want to travel with your family. Research every place and every program, and you will find one that will suit you and your family.