After living in the same house her whole life and graduating with a class of 35, SCC gave Rebecca Lewis a chance to explore the world outside the walls of her small town.
Rebecca’s first experience with SCC was while she was still in high school. In 2007, she participated in the Canterbury, England, study-abroad program along with her mom, Debra Crank-Lewis, SCC professor of history, who was the organizer of the program. In fact, she was fortunate enough to do the program twice – she went again in the spring 2010 semester.
“I’ve never done anything so hard, but so much fun at the same time,” Rebecca said. “Even if you don’t think you have the money, studying abroad is something everyone should do if you have the chance.”
During the program, Rebecca met students from all over the country, and she said it was like nothing she has ever experienced. “I got the worst grades in that program than I’d ever had in school, but I also learned more than I ever have,” she said.
She enjoyed studying abroad so much that for her senior year of high school, she opted to miss prom and graduation in order to participate in a rotary exchange program in Belgium. And thanks to SCC, she was able to take French classes the summer before her senior year to prepare for the yearlong trip.
“I’ve lived in the same house my whole life,” Rebecca said. “My experiences in England and Belgium showed me a different way of life.”
Rebecca graduated with her associate’s degree from SCC in May 2011, after studying French for two years. She originally planned on getting her degree in international studies at Texas State University in San Marcos, Tex. But after her first year there, she decided to transfer to Beloit College in Wisconsin so she could study anthropology. Beloit even gave her some scholarships due to her experiences abroad.
Whatever Rebecca ends up doing, she knows she wants to help people. “I see work as something you do to fulfill other people,” she said.