Every year, the John Gokongwei School of Management, School of Social Science, School of Science & Engineering and the Fine Arts Program of the School of Humanities send more than a hundred Ateneans (on their Junior Year) abroad to study, travel and experience a whole new environment for learning and total independence. This is the Junior Term Abroad Program, or JTA. JTA is an exchange program that allows Ateneans to study in the partner University of Ateneo located across Asia, Australia, United States and Europe for either the fall semester or the spring semester. In fact most of those who enrolled in the fall semester this school year are either flying out soon or are already in their JTA destinations. The Bluebook thinks it's timely to ask some of 2010's JTA students about their experiences abroad and their fashion tips while out of the country.
Jieneb Kho, IV BS Communications Technology Management
Have you ever experience walking around Florence with a gelato in one hand while listening to local street musician sing in Italian? Jieneb did and she toured in style! For JTA last year, Jieneb chose to study in Audencia Grande Ecole de Management in Nantes, France (just 2 hours away from Paris) for her JTA fall semester. Out of the many things that she brought along with her to France, she didn't forget to bring her infectious smile and her eagerness to face the challenges of what lies ahead. During her JTA stay, she got to experience meeting new friends that came from all over the world, traveling alone using the transportation system, getting lost on her own and so much more, but that didn't falter her spirit because she knows it's all part of the experience. If you'll be describing Jieneb with one quote, it will be a quote from How I Met Your Mother, "Challenge Accepted".
What is she wearing?
At the photoshoot, Jieneb was wearing a laid back outfit ( a pair of shorts and a semi-dressy top) which is ironic to her outgoing character. This is because she always wants to be comfortable with whatever she's wearing. She doesn't want her clothing to restrict her from moving or from doing her activities. She also narrates to the Bluebook that some people think that it's hard to blend-in in France, especially with the notion of people seemed to be always dressed up. "Everyone is pretty laid back and would just wear what they want to and what they felt was comfortable" Jieneb explained.
During her JTA stay, she usually wore stockings, boots, trench coat and scarf. She also mentioned she loved the cold weather because it was something that she took advantage of in terms of layering and mix-matching clothes. She also gave a tip for the Bluebook readers with regard to what to wear when traveling especially in France during the Fall season. She said it's essential to wear boots and a chic trench coat for comfort and for style. Jieneb left the Bluebook crew one final advice, "Wear something you feel comfortable in. At the end of the day, it's how your carry yourself."
Advice from the Bluebook: At the end of the day, it's how you carry yourself.