Swainsboro High School alum Charlesy Kelly will be broadening her horizons far from home this December. The 20-year-old Georgia Southern student has been given an incredible opportunity to study abroad in Lisbon, Portugal. Kelly will study business as a part of the Parker College of Business.
The daughter of Demones and Jennifer Kelly, she graduated from Swainsboro High School in 2019 and East Georgia in 2021. She worked at Cadle Law firm over the summer and has previously worked at the recreation department and Walgreens. She is set to graduate from Georgia Southern in May 2022 and plans to attend law school thereafter.
Parker College of Business offers this class as an opportunity to earn 3 credit hours to go toward graduation. Kelly and her fellow students will be traveling to Lisbon to learn about their business environment. They will compare what they learn there to the environment here in the U.S.
“Portugal was experiencing a large boom in their economy before COVID-19 hit, so it will be interesting to see what changes the businesses there have implemented in order to cause the economic boom and how COVID-19 has affected the businesses,” Kelly said.
As an accounting major, she had to maintain at least a 2.5 GPA, be a junior in the college of business, and go through an application process to be eligible for this trip. She speaks no Portuguese but plans to learn a few of the basics before packing. However, Lisbon is a tourist location, so she won’t have much trouble getting around in English.
“Lisbon has seen a large growth economically in the last several years, so the college hopes we will learn from the businesses located in Lisbon to see what changes they have implemented to help nourish the growth. I hope I can get a better understanding of the business environment in a different country and how their culture affects their business practices.”
On December 11, Kelly will take off from the Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport in Atlanta. Her trip is planned from December 12-19. Though she has not gotten the official itinerary for her time there, she knows they will be meeting with several different businesses located in Lisbon and attending different excursions to learn about the culture and history.
This is Kelly’s first time traveling abroad. She is looking forward to the exposure of a new culture and how different that culture is in comparison to in the U.S. She will be traveling with approximately 16 students in total. Kelly has met with her group every Monday, so she has already gotten a chance to get familiar with her travel companions.
Overall, Kelly is excited for this new adventure.
“Any support would be greatly appreciated,” she said. “I have already received so much support from my family and others in the community thus far, and I am truly appreciative. If anyone would like to send encouraging words or would like to talk to me about the trip, feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.”