Led by a Cal Lutheran faculty member, Travel Seminars take Cal Lutheran undergraduate students around the world to locations such as Britain, Costa Rica, Cuba, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, and Turkey.
Students enroll in a focused course on campus during the semester prior to departure. Upon completion of the semester, students are taken into the field for a two- to three-week period to put their classroom studies into context.
Japan was a breathtaking experience with a rush of so many different cultures mixing into one place. The honor in the past is kept in the temples and the palaces preserved as the new fashions of Harajyuku overtake the world in a rush of style uniquely different from American retro-active chic. It was an overwhelming mesh of people and new experiences and culture-shock to make one really appreciate the intensity of what this country had to offer. As I leave Japan, I will always remember just how much I must still learn from foreign cultures and remember the balance of all aspects that Japan upholds and the calming harmony of seeking something higher than earthly gratification.