Experiencing the World in Fifty Flights

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Jeniffer Rosak, Philippe Rosak, and Céline Rosak

Families often travel for special occasions. For senior Céline Rosak’s, flights are as frequent as check ups at the doctor’s office.

Rosak has traveled to nine different countries in over 50 flights. “Not including the states, I’ve been to France, Canada, England, Japan, South Korea, China, Argentina, Uruguay, and Germany,” she said.

Such frequent flights are not cheap. Luckily for Rosak, her mother, Jennifer Rosak, is a flight attendant. This means free flights until Rosak completes all of her education.

 

Even though this perk makes the trips easier to plan, Rosak believes this benefit offers much more than just saving money. “I was finally able to see and be in places I had read and heard about,” she said. “It’s one of those eye-opening experiences that makes you think back on what you know and adds a whole lot more to the ideas you were holding on to.”

Food played a big part in how Rosak immersed herself in some of the cultures. “The food really says a lot about the place, so I like to appreciate it as much as I can,” she said.

Rosak relays her time in Argentina when she first tasted something “surprisingly delicious.” “At first, I thought [empanadas] were weird because they gave it to us for breakfast, and it was full of lots of different meats. Then I took a bite, and it was just delicious. I didn’t complain afterwards,” she said.

 

Aside from the many scrumptious meals, Rosak has come to appreciate the cultural differences of each country she’s visited. “The French and most Europeans are really keen on introducing yourself before speaking and just being polite. I try to always bow to follow tradition when I go to Asian countries as well.”

Rosak also tries to break the American stereotype of ego-centrism whenever she can. “I never assume that the [foreign] person understands English,” she said, “and it never hurts to at least learn how to say hello and thank you in the language. People really value that.”

Rosak is part French, and her French father played a major role in her cultural awareness. Philippe Rosak believes respecting other cultures leads to an open mind. “No culture is a superior culture… Celine knows that. I thought it was necessary for her to learn this from a young age, and traveling was the easiest way to show her.”

This deep-rooted interest in culture is a reason why Rosak has chosen to take a year to study in France after graduation. “I haven’t experienced all the world has to offer, and starting back at my French roots to strengthen [them] seemed like a good place to be.”

 

To find out more about Celine’s decision to study in France for a year, come back to 3TEN.org after spring break (April 1st, 2012 through April 8th, 2012) and read “Senior Prepares for Gap Year” by Chelsea Foster.