SARAH KICK | NEWS CORRESPONDENT
St. Norbert College has always encouraged students to take advantage of its Study Abroad program if possible, and with the program advertising a choice of 20 countries, students are not limited with their choice.
Alongside the entire semester study abroad experience, students also have the option to participate in a global seminar. Students are able to earn credits towards graduation while being away from home for a shorter period of time.
There are currently a few options for global seminars offered to students ranging from Buenos Aires in Argentina to Spain to all over Europe. A global seminar gives the same experience as being abroad, in a shorter time span for those students who might want a shorter experience.
Dr. Laurie MacDiarmid, an English professor at St. Norbert College, will be leading the global seminar to Buenos Aires in the summer period of 2017, which will fulfill ENGL 289, Introduction to Creative Writing. Dr. Luis Navarro-Ayala, Assistant Professor in Modern Languages and Literatures at St. Norbert College, will join Dr. MacDiarmid in leading a global seminar in Buenos Aires that will fulfill SPAN 102. Both global seminars are hoped to fulfill Core curriculum classes for students.
Dr. MacDiarmid is hoping to get a good sized group of students to go along and for them to be able to experience a new culture and learn about very interesting topics.
“It’s always a good idea to expand our cultural horizons by traveling and studying in a country other than the US — that’s how we learn who we are, what we value, and what it means to be American. The rich experience of traveling and learning abroad helps us to see our lives from a different angle, and to ponder what it means to be part of a global community. It makes us braver and better human beings. Finally, the chance to learn a new language, such as Spanish, or to write poems, stories and personal essays in a brand new country, is an invaluable opportunity to add personal and emotional growth to our intellectual accomplishments,” Dr. MacDiarmid stated.
She encourages students who aren’t able to sacrifice a whole semester away from SNC to check out this opportunity. She also encourages people who might be a little weary of studying abroad to take advantage of going to a new country with a group of students who are in the exact same position.
“Dr. Navarro-Ayala and I will be exploring the city with you, and learning with you, so we’ll be just as excited as you are to participate in the program. I’m sure that we’ll be great friends by the end of the five weeks together, and we’ll have learned so much along the way. I, for one, am looking forward to the chance to refresh my Spanish … and to write a few poems and stories about the experiences we’ll be sharing,” added Dr. MacDiarmid.
For more information about this opportunity, email Dr. MacDiarmid at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.snc.edu/studyabroad.