England and France
Megan Almond took an Arthurarian Literature class in England and France for 12 days.
"I'm not a fan of heights, but going to the top of the Eiffel Tower and seeing the city from above was just incredible; I'm so glad I went out of my comfort zone and took this trip." - Megan Almond, '15
Autumn studied at Audencia Ecole de Management in Nantes, France. While abroad, she took two management classes and one marketing class. It was a six-week long program that spent the last week in Brussels Belgium. She learned a lot about intercultural management, the history of the European Union, and how to market products and services to Europe. As a program, they went on several company visits that gave them an inside look at how business is done within Europe.
"The main thing I learned from my experience is that there is so much more to the world than our little bubble in Farmville, and that I am capable of so much more than I would have ever known before my trip. It also changed my career to something more with international business. Study abroad is an experience that is hard to explain, because you not only learn so much about what you are studying, but you also learn so much about yourself." Autumn Uptain, '15
Kayla Stover took History 100 and Spanish 302 in a General Education trip to Spain and Greece. Kayla was in Spain for one month and she stayed in Valencia with a host family where she had the opportunity to practice conversational Spanish. The class took a weekend excursion to Greece where she visited Delphi to see the Temple of Apollo and stayed in Athens.
"Seeing the history of Spain and Greece really gave me a new perspective on ancient history considering I have only ever seen colonial history of America. It made it easier for me to really visualize how old life on Earth really is and how far civilization has come from thousands of years ago."
"One of my favorite parts of the experience was all the new connections and friends I made, not only with other students who went on the trip, but with Spaniards as well. Our group that went of around 20 students was very inclusive of everyone and got along very well. When we decided to explore, the whole group wanted to go together and it made it such a great experience.- Kayla Stover, '15
Emily Miller, Leighan Worden, Shannon Cassano, and Amanda Michalski completed their Practicum II teaching requirement in Limerick, Ireland. This 3 week study abroad experience involved teaching in local school during the week and trips to tourist locations on the weekend including the Cliffs of Moher, Blarney Castle, and Dublin.
While in Ireland, the group ran into two other groups of Honors students on separate study abroad trips. At the same time the practicum students were in Limerick, Sarah Hutton and Abby Walker were finishing up their semester abroad in Ireland and Krista Ellis and Jessica Sudlow were in the city on a trip with a third party provider. With Honors students all over the world, it is easy to run into each other!