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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.

Merida Art Courses

Spring 2016 Merida courses include:

  • ART-290Y-B, Drawing and Painting in the Yucatan
    Students will learn to draw and paint from direct observation of the unique landscape, architecture and archeological sites in the Yucatan. Class members will use traditional drawing materials such as graphite, ink and charcoal — and integrate watercolor. Most drawing will be done on site, including places such as downtown Mérida, Ek Balam, Uxmal and others.
    No previous experience in drawing or painting required. Prerequisite: none.
  • ART-290Y-A, Stories from the Yucatan: Celebrating the Cultural Narrative
    Students will learn to draw and paint from direct observation of the unique landscape, architecture and archeological sites in the Yucatan. Class members will use traditional drawing materials such as graphite, ink and charcoal — and integrate watercolor. Most drawing will be done on site, including places such as downtown Mérida, Ek Balam, Uxmal and others.
    No previous experience in drawing or painting required. Prerequisite: none.

 



Now Available! Central College Abroad advising guides

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.



Central College Abroad webinar series

Sept. 2 at 1:00pm CST

Curricular Integration symposium
Join colleagues in Study Abroad and the Director of Study Abroad at Central College to share strategies, lessons learned, and time-saving tips that help integrate Study Abroad with academic programs on your campus.

Sept. 9 at 12:30 P.M. CST

London- preparing for an internship abroad
Central College invites you to a webinar presentation by Mark Simmons, Resident Director of the London, England program! The live presentation will focus on Interning abroad and provide academic program insights. This opportunity is most relevant to academic advising and will feature information about courses and internship opportunities.



NAFSA Regional Conference

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 smithe@central.edu.



Reflections from Abroad

Spring 2015 Bangor blogger Rebecca spent her semester pursuing academic and personal interests in Welsh medieval history.

Better than I’d planned
Posted June 8, 2015, by Rebecca in Bangor, Wales

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?
The simple answer is: because of stories. My interest in Welsh medieval literature drew me here, and I really felt like studying the Mabinogi in Wales for a semester was what I was supposed to be doing.

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.

Professor Peredur Lynch
The indomitable Professor Peredur Lynch

After several meetings with professors and administrators, I got in touch with Dr. Peredur Lynch. Hes 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. Id prepare by reading that weeks 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, Id 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.
It is good to go home, but I will always be grateful that things didn’t go how I planned — they were better.

Thanks for reading!  As the Welsh would say as farewell, “I wish you great fun.” In Cymraeg: Hywl fawr!

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