Georgia State University Highlights GlobaLinks Learning Abroad Alumna

Javahnda Kea, who studied in Seoul through AsiaLearn, is featured by the GSU College of Business on its web site.

Excerpted from the profiles section of

by Meiling Arounnarath

This past fall, Javahnda Kea, a student at Georgia State University’s J. Mack Robinson College of Business who had never traveled anywhere outside of the South nor been on a plane, signed up to study abroad in a country where she’d have to take a 14-hour flight to get there.

The Robinson College senior had the opportunity to study abroad at Korea University in Seoul, South Korea, during fall 2011. She said it all clicked for her after a conversation with a fellow student at a study abroad seminar during her sophomore year. The young man had studied abroad in Japan solely on scholarships. That conversation made her believe it was possible for her, too.

“It was something I didn’t want to pass up before I graduate,” said Kea, who currently has a concentration in marketing and is pursuing a certificate in international business. She expects to graduate in spring 2013.

Kea’s actions prove that she is no stranger to grabbing opportunities when she sees them.

“I decided to become a business major at Robinson, because of its prestige and numerous opportunities available for its students,” she said. “I chose to go to GSU because I wanted to go to school in the city and I fell in love with the campus and student diversity.”

Making it happen

Kea plans to spread the word that studying abroad is more financially feasible than people may think. She offers her own experience as proof: Kea was able to get enough scholarships to pay for her entire study abroad trip, one of which was the prestigious Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship for fall 2011.

She managed to have her entire study abroad trip covered by grants and scholarships. The costs were what she – and what she knows others are – worried about when it comes to studying abroad.

“I want to tell people they really can get scholarships, and to help them do their best,” Kea says.

To read full article, visit the GSU website here.


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