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Far Above Cape Town

Far Above Cape Town

For Kiya Kennebrew, traveling abroad wasn’t planned. At least not for long. She decided to apply for UConn’s 2014 trip to South Africa just two weeks before the deadline. “I had previously played with the idea, but never actually considered going abroad for a semester,” she said. “When asked why I wanted to go to South Africa I wholeheartedly meant everything I said. I want to make a difference. I want to learn, grow and experience the unknown.

“I thought a lot about my purpose and why I had decided to study abroad to begin with. Other than my advisor and my SSS (UConn’s Student Support Services) family pushing me to go, I wanted to study abroad to prove that it was possible. There are many young adults in both Trenton, N.J., (her hometown) and New Haven, Conn., that never get the chance to leave their birthplace, yet alone leave the country.”

Kiya did important work in Cape Town, interning three days a week with the Western Cape Network on Violence Against Women, focused on educating and advocating for the rights of women in South Africa. In her 15-week stay, she also spent time with children, including those from the Boys & Girls Club of Soweto. But she also experienced that great unknown… in the forms of para-gliding over Cape Town and riding a horse along the beach. (“Two things I could never imagine myself doing,” she said.)

In her words, the experience was “life changing.”

A rising senior at UConn, Kiya is a psychology major with a concentration in Industrial and Organization Psychology. With a focus on gender studies in the workplace and judgment and decision-making, she hopes to earn her Ph.D. in the field and become a personnel consultant.

Click here for other photos from her adventure (including riding that horse on the beach!)


Husky Pride

Husky Pride

“Yesterday I had the opportunity to visit Olympic Stadium in Stratford, England, where the 2012 Olympic Games were held. My fellow pairs and I came across a wall where you can physically write out whatever you desire. We choose, of course, UCONN, which symbolizes that no matter where we are, or how far we go, we are all UCONN students. We have admiration for the opportunities that UCONN has provided, especially studying abroad.” — Fontaine Chambers, New Haven Promise Scholar (and UConn proud)

UConn to The U.K.

University of Connecticut sophomore Fontaine Chambers — a political science major who attended Wilbur Cross High in New Haven — is heading to London for a university-sponsored three-week venture. She will be journaling her experiences here at Promise Abroad.

“I am always a New Haven Promise Scholar everywhere that I go,” she said. “While I am studying abroad I will be representing this program that has done wonders for not only myself, but as well as my community. My goal is to be a beacon of light for current New Haven Promise Scholars as well as soon-to-be scholars. It is imperative that I convey the numerous opportunities that are waiting to be taken.”

Fontaine is pictured above at the 2013 New Haven Promise Scholar Celebration at the Omni New Haven with her father, Ray, who works at the Yale School of Management. Chambers was featured in The Faces of Promise — which was shown at that celebration. It can be seen at the top right of this page.