2014 Lycoming College Spring Magazine - page 21

cinema.Agostinelli stayedwith aFrench
middle school teacher, whowas happy
to help herwith any questions.At the
beginning of the trip,Agostinelliwas
the only student in residence, but soon
afterwards shewas joined by a student
fromSaudiArabia and then eventually by
a student fromChina,making the stay a
truly international one.
She said that the trip changed her life,
and she encourages other students to study
abroad because of the transformative
potential of the experience.
“Formany, this experiencewill be their
first time spending an extended period
of time outside their home country and
outside their comfort zone,” she said.
“Having spent a year as a high school
exchange student in southernTurkey
and then a semester as a college student
inFrance, I can personally attest to the
changes that an experience like study
abroad can bring in a person. I firmly
believe that everyone, whether they are a
student or not, shouldhave the opportunity
to go abroad and really grasp at least one
other culture.”
NathanBahn ’15
Bahn started learningGerman in
seventh grade. He studied it through high
school andwhen he arrived at Lycoming,
the fondmemories of those classes
encouraged him to choose it as amajor.
He says it’s “one of the best decisions I
havemade.”
Bahn, who’smajoring inGerman and
international studies, said that theGerman
program at Lycomingfirst betters students’
understanding of the basicmechanics of
the language and then sends them deep
into the history of the culture.
“We read a lot of literature and analyze
how the historical events andGermany’s
past have influenced theGerman artists
and the development of their society and
culture,” he said. “Also, I’m never bored
in aGerman class, andDr. Cagle is one of
the coolest professors I have ever had.”
Bahn says learning a foreign language
teaches students the values of another
culture, something that betters their
understanding of theworld. It’s also
enormously difficult andmakes other
tasks seem simpler by comparison.
He spent the spring semester studying
abroad at theOtto-Friedrich-Universität
inBamberg, Germany. His goal for the
journeywas to broaden his horizons and
become somewhat of aworld citizen. He
enjoyed touringEurope and seeing how
people in several different countries live
their lives. Of course, he alsowas excited
about the prospects of understandingmore
German.
“An intensive experience like thiswill
dowonders formy language skills, and it
will deepenmy understanding ofGerman
people and culture as awhole,” he said.
“It helpedme take amassive leap inmy
ability to understandGerman andmy
vocabulary increased aswell.”
LauraMiller ’14
ASpanish and criminal justice
major,Miller said that learning another
language helps in all aspects of life.At
the beginning of her studies at Lycoming,
she knew that speaking a new language
would helpwith her planned career in the
criminal justice system, but it took her a
while to realize how useful itwould be in
day-to-day life.
“When I’m at home inEast
Stroudsburg [Pa.], I am able to
communicatewithSpanish-speaking
customerswho come into theK-Mart
where Iwork, which really helps a lot,”
she said. “We have a lot of customerswho
don’t speakEnglish verywell.”
Her experiencewent a longway
when she studied at EstudioSampere in
Ecuador inMay 2012.While there, she
stayed inGuayaquil, the biggest city in the
country– about 2.3million residents – and
Cuenca. She said that the experience of
studying abroadwas one of the best she’s
ever had. Shewasmade to feel at home by
the caring people andwas given time to
immerse herself in the culture.
“Imade somany friends, saw another
country and experienced a completely
different culture, allwhile increasingmy
language skills,” she said.
Last year, she traveled to the
DominicanRepublicwithLycoming’s
chapter ofA.C.E.S.,Advancing
Communities byEducating andServing,
and then took a trip toSpain during the
summer. Knowing the languagemade
traveling abroad easier, and shewas truly
delighted by the fact that she could go to
these countries and communicatewith
their citizens.
She credits her progress in the language
to theSpanish instructors at Lycoming.
“They love the language and teaching
their students, whichmakes it so
much easier to learn,” she said. “The
requirements for themajor really helped
me to learn the language asmuch as I
could duringmy four years.”
Studyabroadopportunities
expanding
Lycoming is expanding its
study abroad program thanks to a
partnershipwithCAPA International
Education. Students nowhave
the opportunity to study at CAPA
academic centers based in London,
England; Florence, Italy; Beijingand
Shanghai, China; BuenosAires,
Argentina; Dublin, Ireland; Istanbul,
Turkey; andSydney,Australia.
In 2013, BarbaraBuedel, Ph.D.,
director of international education
andaprofessor of Spanish at
Lycoming, touredCAPAcenters in
London andFlorence. The London
center offers courses inmostmajors,
including business, communications,
economics, marketing, international
relations andanewly-developed
theatre track. The center has an
associationwithLondonSouth
BankUniversity andmost CAPA
London students participate in an
internship program. TheFlorence
program offers a variety of courses
suchas studio art and art history,
literature, Italian film, creativewriting
andhistory aswell as an advanced
Italian language trackwith the
University of Florence.
“Basedon visiting the centers
in London andFlorence, attending
classes andmeetingwith the
academic directors, I was impressed
byCAPA’s academic rigor,
internships and support system for
students,” Buedel said.
NoraLarkin, CAPA institutional
relationsmanager, saysCAPA
is interested inworkingwith
Lycoming because the college’s
study abroad philosophymatches
the organization’s commitment
to personalized learning, cultural
engagement and academic rigor.
“Wewere impressedwith the
commitment of President [Kent]
TrachteandProfessor Buedel
to internationalize Lycoming and
applaud their initiatives to invest
in their students’ learning froma
global perspective,” Larkin said.
“We are truly excited by this new
partnership.”
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