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Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2010
Hello friends of Central College Abroad! This newsletter, released the second Tuesday of every month, is intended to keep you in touch with what’s happening with Central College Abroad’s programs across the globe.
Starting off on the right foot
College students around the county are adjusting to new dorm rooms, new schedules and even new roommates. Ever wonder how students abroad start a new semester? Here’s a glimpse into what September has in store for a few Central College Abroad programs:
Granada, Spain – a warm welcome
China – cultural orientation
"Once they get settled, it's time for many games of Mahjong," jokes resident director, Li Shumin.
Paris – living like a native
“I love seeing my students’ reactions to new things,” said Paris director Shelley Cavaness. “They are so starry-eyed when they see their first chateau (castle) or their first real glimpse of the Eiffel Tower. By the end of the semester, they take living next to Notre Dame for granted!”
Wales – getting in touch with the surroundings
“The unique thing about the beginning of the semester is the response of the students to the beauty of Snowdonia, a unique mountain and sea shore landscape which usually blows them away,” said Jones.
Learn more about these programs and others at www.central.edu/abroad.
New – Online pre-departure course
Central College Abroad is offering a new online pre-departure course for all students starting fall 2010. In addition to preparing students for study abroad, this course helps connect program participants from across the country prior to the start of the study abroad experience.
Learn more about the fantastic opportunity at: http://www.central.edu/abroad/academics/onlinePredeparture.cfm.
The London summer program is an eight-week internship program offering students the opportunity to gain meaningful work experience while experiencing the vibrant culture London has to offer.
Who: Samantha Lisk
Memorable Internship: I did a lot of proofreading and editing of press releases for various events and attractions around the city. I also got to go to a press preview of an art exhibition, which was cool because the exhibition didn't open to the public until the next week. This internship gave me valuable work experience in areas that I will be able to stress as I look for a job.
Valuable lesson: The most valuable thing I learned from working at the magazine is that you can't be shy in this field. Interpersonal communication is key and being shy is actually detrimental to the goals of a journalist. I was tempted to be very reserved since I was in not only a new city, but also a new country; however, I quickly realized that reserve wasn't going to cut it. So I became more open, and I had a better experience for it.
Learn more about summer study abroad in London.
Spring 2011 application deadline
Our new online application is faster and easier than ever!
And remember, every little bit helps: Central College Abroad offers scholarships up to $1,000! Learn more about scholarship opportunities at http://www.central.edu/abroad/finances/scholarships.cfm.
A word from the parents
Students’ study abroad stories and memories are often eagerly shared, but one story that seldom gets told is the parent story. Liz Urban, a senior at Central College, studied abroad in Merida, Mexico, spring 2009, and her parents, Bill and Norine Urban, shared some thoughts on Liz and their experience with Central College Abroad.
“First and foremost, Central's communication with us and Liz was outstanding,” said Norine. “The semester prior to leaving, Liz attended presentations by previous students who went to Mexico. They answered all of the questions Liz and we had, which lessened most, if not all, of our anxiety.”
During Liz’s final weeks on the program reports of H1N1 (Swine flu) emerged in Mexico.
“I knew she was in good hands and would be well taken care of,” said Norine.“ We never felt Liz was in any danger. Phone calls home came immediately, and in the end, Central sent the students home early. Liz felt safe enough to stay, but ultimately decided to come home.”
Bill and Norine continue to recognize their daughter’s decision to study abroad was a life-altering one.
“The extra travel Central provided as part of study abroad was remarkable! She was able to experience the Mayan culture to its fullest,” said Norine. “[As a result of her internship experience in Merida], Liz spoke at a Health Consortium in Des Moines, Iowa. She continues to keep in touch with the friends she made in Mexico and would like to return to Merida and the Yucatan Peninsula.”
Learn more about resources for parents.
Paris’ charm lives on
Whether it is the smooth tranquility of the French language or the vibrant fashion expression witnessed daily, Paris captivates the heart. For Paris alumna Sally O’Dowd, it was not if she would return to Paris -- it was when.
O’Dowd, a graduate of St. Mary’s College in Notre Dame, studied in Paris in spring 1988. After studying through Central at the Sorbonne, her love for the French language bloomed.
“I love speaking French; it makes me feel great about myself. The only way I can describe it is this: speaking French makes my brain change color, probably purple. I am good at languages and think that neurons fire in an extra positive way when I am speaking French,” said O’Dowd.
Her language skills were not the only thing that developed.
“Studying abroad changed me period,” said O’Dowd. “I came back a different person -- able to speak a new language and able to conduct myself in an intercultural setting. I knew then I wanted to use my French professionally and that someday I would live in France.”
O’Dowd was determined to make that dream a reality.
“I came here Feb. 1 with the Irish/European passport. I have my own integrated marketing and PR company in Chicago. Ill., (Sally On Media Corp.) and continue to work for my American clients. Meanwhile, I am trying to find clients here or even a full-time job. I would love the experience of working at a French company,” said O’Dowd.
For more information on Paris, visit: www.central.edu/abroad/paris.
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