Baxter native wins BVU photo contest
STORM LAKE — Katie Van Zante, a Buena Vista University senior art and arts management major from Baxter, is the winner of the BVU 2011 Study Abroad Photo Contest. Her entry, “Morning Star Children at the daily afternoon assembly,” was captured during her spring 2011 semester in Accra, Ghana.
When Van Zante decided to add a study abroad experience to her BVU transcript, she evaluated her options very carefully.
“I wanted an experience away from the Western-dominated world. I wanted to experience life somewhere different,” she said. “Studying abroad gave me a new perspective on life. Escaping from the ‘me’-centered life where the latest exam would surely be my demise to this completely different world made me replace my value system and truly make a path for myself. Without a doubt, living in a third-world country, even if I was living separated from the country’s poverty, changes things.”
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