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Friday, August 21, 2015
Hello, friends of Central College Abroad! Our quarterly newsletter is intended to keep you in touch with what’s happening with Central College Abroad’s programs across the globe.
New Art Courses in Merida
Central will offer two new art courses this spring in Merida! Associate professor of art Mat Kelly will be Central’s visiting faculty member. His interest areas include drawing, printmaking, book arts, paper making, entomology, graphic design and theater set design.
Spring 2016 Merida courses include:
Our updated guides provide vital information and anticipate advisers’ doubts and questions. Written by faculty, these guides help students integrate time abroad with their four-year plan of study by equipping advisers with tools needed to advise with confidence.
Sept. 2 at 1:00pm CST
Curricular Integration symposium
Sept. 9 at 12:30 P.M. CST
London- preparing for an internship abroad
Join us at Region IV NAFSA Conference in Des Moines, October 28-31.
If you would like to schedule an appointment with a Central College Abroad colleague, please email Lisa Ellor Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Reflections from Abroad
Spring 2015 Bangor blogger Rebecca spent her semester pursuing academic and personal interests in Welsh medieval history.
Well, friends, I’m afraid that this will have to be my final post. Even as I type, I sit in a hostel in Manchester, waiting for my flight to leave tomorrow morning. It’s been a wild four months, and now I’m going home.
I’m not really the poster child for studying abroad. I don’t have wanderlust or anything like that — I’m a homebody who loves to build community. I also have a really great boyfriend, roommate, church and academic community back at Hope College. Leaving all of that has been really hard for me, and I’ve had lots of tear-filled Skype sessions and times of loneliness and frustration while I’ve been here.
So, if I knew all of this before coming to Wales, why on earth would I subject myself to it?
So when I came — and after a very rough first week, was told that the class I had come across the world to take would not be running — I was devastated. I was confused and lost; my reason for giving up a semester doing what I love with the people I love was suddenly gone. Without this class, all of the beauty of Wales was not worth the emotional stress I was going through.
The indomitable Professor Peredur Lynch
After several meetings with professors and administrators, I got in touch with Dr. Peredur Lynch. He’s the head of the Welsh department and is a very important (not to mention busy) man in the Welsh academic community. He volunteered to do an independent study with me on the topic that the class would have covered. For the next four months, we met together weekly to discuss the books he would assign each week. At a breakneck pace, we covered all sorts of medieval Welsh prose and poetry. Each class was intense. I’d prepare by reading that week’s books or articles, and then we would discuss them for about two hours. I had to really know my stuff, since I had to have enough for us to talk about for the entire period. His attention pushed me to work hard, and by the end of our time together, I’d created a 4000-word essay which delved deeply into my favorite topic. That essay has even inspired my independent research project for this summer!
Once again, I have been amazed by God’s care for me. If my plans had worked out and the class had run, I never would have gotten the individual focus of my professor, nor would the class have catered so much to my interests and needs. I also probably wouldn’t have been able to create the essay that I did, which will really help me as I continue my studies.
Instead, God provided a situation that I never would have been able to plan myself. Not only have I achieved my goals for the semester, but I’ve been able to far exceed them! On top of that, the fulfillment of my academic needs allowed me to relax and enjoy my surroundings (which is good, because they are incredible).
So, yes, these four months have been hard on me emotionally, but I have also been blessed through the new friends I’ve made and this amazing opportunity that I’ve had. I’ve learned so much from Dr. Lynch and everyone else I’ve met here.
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