As she plans for graduation in May 2021, Alyssa Smith, a senior majoring in political science at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, has been working to ensure her peers have access to and interest in the types of study abroad programs she has had.
After having pursued a number of international learning opportunities both in high school and during her studies at UAPB, last year she saw an opportunity to establish a program for UAPB students in the Central American country of Guatemala.
Smith first visited Guatemala when she was 13. Motivated by a deep-seated drive to see more of the world and improve her Spanish fluency, she leaped at the opportunity to attend a Spanish language program for high school students.
“After I returned home, I wrote an essay entitled ‘The Awakening,’” she said. “My eyes were opened to a lot of things. Before that trip, I