August 29, 2008

Bucknell junior Casey Sims on a field trip in Australia.

LEWISBURG, Pa. – The third edition of Bucknell University’s Study Abroad Blog is now underway.

Nine students from diverse academic backgrounds were selected in a competitive process to chronicle their semester-long and, in some cases, longer off-campus adventures in words and pictures.

And if past blogs are any indication, the blog will be among the Web site’s most frequented content. In the spring 2008 semester edition, nearly 11,000 visitors from around the globe checked in to read about the Bucknell student experiences. Many, too, left comments on the entries.

The fall 2008 bloggers are:

  • Casey Sims '10, sociology and film, Northern Ireland and Australia.
  • Ahmed Kodouda '10, international relations, Sudan and London.
  • Cynthia Reza '10, international relations and Spanish, U.S. Virgin Islands and Spain.
  • Shelly McCormack '10, chemistry, Ireland.
  • Meghan O'Reilly '10, English and French, France.
  • David James '09, management, Germany.
  • Claudia Berman '10, art history and economics, France.
  • Joshua Galiley '10, philosophy, London.
  • Linda Kang '10, psychology and religion, Semester at Sea.

Some, like Casey Sims, have already arrived at their fall study destination – Australia, in her case, following a summer in the Bucknell in Northern Ireland program.

Down Under
Sims, who lives in Lewisburg, Pa., penned in one of her first posts from Down Under: “It is also a huge adjustment moving from a small town to a huge city. I think I'd experience a lot of the same issues if I'd simply moved to New York City instead of across the world!”

Earlier this summer, Shelley McCormack was counting down the days until she boarded her flight for Ireland.

“I am starting to get pretty anxious,” McCormack blogged. “I'm not sure that it has hit me that I am leaving for five months. Most of the time I am excited and can't wait to experience everything studying abroad has to offer, and then there are those small moments where I am so terrified of saying goodbye to everything and everyone and entering what I only imagine at this point to be a parallel universe.”

New Zealand
In her final posts, Sarah Bunk ’09, an engineering major who studied a semester in Australia and then explored New Zealand with friends for several weeks, wrote about how she was going to miss that part of the world.

“Wow. So, it's finally here. My last night in this corner of the world,” Bunk wrote. “I feel like there should be more ceremony and that everything should be a much bigger deal. ... I'm trying to cling to everything that reminds me of this corner of the world and get as much of it as possible.”

Each student explorer carries digital camera provided by the University to supplement their posts with photographs of their adventures. In the past, some have even added short video clips to their posts.

Since being launched in fall 2007, nearly 22,000 readers have visited the blog.

In all, more than 40 percent of Bucknell’s undergraduate students spend some portion of their academic careers studying off campus.

Contact: Division of Communications

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