LEWISBURG, Pa. — Eight Bucknell students are blogging about their study abroad experiences this fall.

Some of the student bloggers, who were selected in the spring based on interest and writing samples, have already started to send back dispatches from their far-flung academic posts around the globe — from New Zealand and South Africa to China and France. One student blogger will spend the fall semester aboard ship for the Semester at Sea program.

The first of the student travelers left in July and has been sending back dispatches and photos of her adventures. Another student blogger has just recently arrived in South Africa. More reports will follow as the remaining six students arrive at their fall destinations.

Words and images
To see their latest words and images, visit http://blogs.bucknell.edu/studyabroad/. The student travelers, too, underscore a Bucknell undergraduate tradition. More than 40 percent spend a semester or more studying off campus.   

"I'm finally in New Zealand!" wrote Page Kannor '09 on arriving in Auckland, the capital. "After days of packing and airports and long flights, I made it across the world to this country."

Later, Kannor reported that study abroad has been more than a classroom experience.

Exploring New Zealand
"Along with exploring New Zealand during the weekends, I've been learning a lot about living on my own and being completely responsible for myself," she said. "I'm slowly weaning myself off cereal and pb&j for all of my meals, and I've been forcing myself to learn to cook, albeit grudgingly."

And the New Zealand sights, the junior blogged, have been "absolutely majestic."

Another junior, Loretta Miller, is in South Africa.

Adapting to culture
"I feel like I have been in KwaZulu-Natal much longer than what I have. I am adapting to the culture extremely well," penned Miller. "In fact, a lot of people have told me that I look like an African lady and I have even been offered a Zulu name — Snenhlanhla. It took some time, but finally I can pronounce it now. The name means 'we as South Africans are lucky to have you.'"

And Miller is adjusting to the South African rhythm.

"It is not a very fast-paced place. People take their time when we eat out and when you see someone you know on the street, you stop and talk," she wrote. "There are not many quick hi and bye greetings."

Junior Page Kannor in both photos above with some of her new friends in New Zealand.

Contact: Office of Communications

Posted Aug. 10, 2007

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