The world is a classroom for UCS eighth-grader
The world is a classroom for UCS eighth-grader
Posted on 04/23/2019
Emily outside of historic building

Europe no longer seems so far away for UCS eighth-grader Emily Mitchell after she was selected for an expense-paid trip designed to make the world a classroom for middle school students.

Mitchell, who attends Malow Junior High School, was among nearly 60 students taking part in a “Discovery Crew” seven-night European Cruise to the Netherlands and Belgium.

“It was a great experience to see what it is like in other countries and how we are the same and how we are different,” Mitchell said of the trip, which took place earlier this month.

To qualify, Mitchell wrote an essay about her goals for the European trip. The program is open to all eighth-graders in 11 states, and is sponsored by AmaWaterways and Triple AAA. Mitchell was one of only seven Michigan students selected for the program.

The trip highlighted the art and rich history of the Netherlands and Belgium. Mitchell was immersed in European culture through local food, landmarks such as the Ann Frank House and active hiking and biking tours near sites such as the world-famous Holland windmills.

Students also experienced life as a local eighth-grader with visits to two schools in Belgium and the Netherlands.

Some takeaways Mitchell had from the program:

  • “The cities are much more modern after having to be rebuilt after bombs from World War II.”
  • “There are a lot of bikes because the roads are more narrow.”
  • “This is a great experience that I would definitely recommend to others.”
  • “Students in the schools are very much the same – they enjoy sports.”