"Anywhere you go there is a way and a need to serve a country as your own, and that is the true way to think globally."
Monica Foutty is a senior at Ohio Northern University studying as a Psychology major and Communications minor. A member of the Zeta Kappa Chapter, she is living her life fully as a global citizen who wants to understand and appreciate the world and the people who live in our world and who bring diversity and beauty to it.
Monica is taking an International Advertising and Communications class in which she is learning about the differences in cultures across the world. "My second class," Monica said, "is Korean Fan Dancing, where I learn about traditional Korean culture and am learning their traditional dance. Fan dancing is an absolute blast!"
During the month of July, Monica is visiting Korea as part of a study abroad program. "In Seoul, South Korea, I am studying abroad for the month of July," Monica said. "I visited Thailand for a long weekend trip. While here, I have met students from all over the world, visited many temples and museums, and taken excursions with the school and more.
"What has really made the trip, though, were the people of Korea and Thailand, the ones I met and the people I traveled with. I love experiencing new cultures, making memories and getting out of my comfort zone. I love how anywhere I travel, yes, there is a language barrier, and that's a beautiful thing, because it means we're all different, but the one thing that stays the same is our laughter."
Monica's experiences have fed her soul, as she discovered the human experience is the same in every part of the world. "A little back story," she said, "is that I went on a mission trip to Cambodia a few years back and fell I love with Asia, which is what sparked my interest for these trips. There are countless times I couldn't understand a person or they couldn't understand my awful Korean, so we just laughed together. When the sales lady couldn't understand that we needed to buy bedsheets, we played charades with her for an hour while she patiently helped us around store aisles to find what we needed. Anywhere you go there is a way and a need to serve that country as your own, and that is the true way to think globally. Every place in the world is different and I cannot wait to see more of it."
Monica's travels are all the more meaningful as she shares her experience with a Delta Zeta sister.
Monica (left) with Hannah
"I came with a sister who is a sixth year pharmacy student, Hannah Buehrle, who is an alumna now," Monica continued, "but we had two years together as collegiate members, so it has been cool getting to explore with her. As we were two years apart in school, we did not get to know each other as much as we hoped. There is a bond that is created when you travel with someone and also a bond between your sisters and you that is unlike anything else, so it's been incredible to have both of those with her and build our friendship even stronger!"
After graduation, Monica hopes to find a job overseas teaching English or doing work that will allow her to travel to other countries and meet the many people of those countries. She has a lot to share, and she is eager to learn what others have to share with her, too.