Cross-cultural understanding

Tory Scott ’15 led an extraordinary life even before she landed on the Hill this fall. The first-year student is just back from earning her international high school baccalaureate in Flekke, Norway. She is modest about the two years she spent there at the Red Cross Nordic United World College.

“The other students I met there were so motivated and hardworking – I was humbled by them,” she says. “It had a big part of making me who I am, but there’s so much more to do when I look at the future.”

So when Scott met President Dale Knobel in his office this week to receive an award, a crystal globe that honors those who build cross-cultural understanding from the Davis United World College Scholars program, she was grateful and honored, but she was more interested in talking about her time so far at Denison than about her time as an international baccalaureate student.

Scott is “astonished” by the commitment her Denison professors have to their students. And yes, she plans to study abroad and see more of the world.

“You can’t go back to thinking about the world as you did before,” says Scott about the impact of international travel. “Studying other cultures is critical; it’s no longer a luxury.”

 

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