From Moorhead to Florence, Italy, Brianne Lee ’16 seeks out any opportunity to broaden her horizons.
Lee has been calling Moorhead home since long before her time as a student at Concordia. Her connection to the college runs deeper than simple proximity, however. Lee says she’s always known she wanted to attend Concordia – that going to school in her own backyard, so to speak, was a no-brainer.
"A large number of my relatives and close family friends have graduated from here, so I have been surrounded by a wonderful Cobber family for as long as I can remember. When applying for colleges, there was really no question as to where I wanted to be. Concordia has been and always will be home,” Lee says.
Going to college in her hometown, Lee isn’t worried about missing opportunities to branch out and expand her perspectives. As a sophomore, Lee spent a semester abroad in Florence, Italy, advancing her studies and collecting experiences that would open new doors and new ways of thinking.
“One of the greatest things about study abroad is that it forces you to step out of your comfort zone,” she says. “Whether that means cooking for the first time, climbing what seems like an insurmountable mountain, or learning the ins and outs of a completely unfamiliar city, study abroad really tests your patience and your persistence.”
Exploring the world outside her comfort zone remains a priority for Lee. And when she’s not leaving the country to do so, a Concordia education is the next best thing.
“I believe that a liberal arts background is key in today's diverse world and provides students with a well-rounded education that can be applicable to numerous fields,” says Lee.
As a Cobber and a Moorhead native, Lee is combining the best of both worlds: a world-class, global education at a place she can truly call home.
Visit Brianne’s blog for more stunning photos and a firsthand account of her travels.