Murray State College PSP Students Travel Abroad as Part of Unique Program


Before the start of 2017 spring classes, 19 students from the Murray State College President’s Scholars Program (PSP) embarked on a Caribbean cruise from Galveston, Texas to Mahogany Bay in Roatan, Honduras, Belize City, Belize and Cozumel, Mexico.

The international trip is part of yearly PSP activities designed to broaden students’ world view and provide opportunity for exploration and education through travel.

“This trip provides a wonderful opportunity for students to learn and grow as individuals.  For some it is their first time away from home, the state of Oklahoma and the United States.  By travelling abroad, our students can see for themselves that much exists outside the classroom and beyond the geographic regions with which they are familiar,” President Joy McDaniel said.

In addition to visiting the Mayan ruins and an orphanage in Mexico, students took time for activities like flying through the forests of Roatan on a zip line, taking in the beaches of Cozumel and Belize, and enjoying time together in new environments.

Student traveler Kallie Crawford of Moss, Okla. said, “PSP has given me countless opportunities and impacted my life for the better.  I will forever be grateful to have been chosen to represent PSP.”

Beth Hallum, of Lone Grove, Okla., who also traveled with the group said, “Touring the Mayan Ruins in Belize was my favorite part of the trip. I have loved getting to be a part of such an incredible group of students who all have a passion for learning and leadership.”

President’s Scholars Students will travel from Oklahoma to Denmark this spring to learn about the country’s culture and interact with students from local higher education institutions.


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