May 03, 2011

Kirstin Vandergracht '12, left, with friends in Ghana in spring 2011.

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By Sam Alcorn

LEWISBURG, Pa. — Seven new study abroad bloggers will take flight this fall, sharing their off-campus learning adventures in words and pictures.

The new Bucknell University bloggers represent a range of majors and study abroad destinations,  three of which — India, Scotland and Washington, D.C. — will be represented in the blog for the first time since the blogs started in 2007. || Visit the study abroad blog

The new bloggers, their majors and study destinations:

  • Zack Beltran, Class of '13, sociology, Italy
  • Dana Germano, Class of '13, computer science, England
  • Cherie Malone, Class of '13, English and German, Germany
  • Amanda Roy, Class of '12, international relations, Washington, D.C.
  • Brittany Wanner, Class of '13, Spanish and international relations, France and Spain
  • Mary Matthews, Class of '12, computer science, Scotland
  • Erica White, Class of '13, political science and religion, India

The blogs, which are among the most-read features on the University's website, are approaching 90,000 visits collectively since they were first launched. The bloggers, who are selected in a competitive process, are equipped with digital cameras to help document their travels and experiences.

The bloggers are anticipating experiences both on and off campus. Erica White, who will be in India, for example, plans to volunteer with Indian orphans to "learn about their take on life and compare it to young lives in the United States."

Amanda Roy will be in Washington, D.C., where her program includes an internship, seminar and research project. "I came to college to learn and conquer new things," she said, "and my off-campus study should be no different."

Zack Beltran's destination is Florence, Italy. "I want to see as much art as possible," he said. "I can't wait to embrace the architecture and art. Italy is the birthplace of the Renaissance and being surrounded by so much history will be exhilarating."

For Mary Matthews, her fall study destination is Scotland. "Scotland has a lot more to offer than kilts or bagpipes," she said. "I'm mainly at St. Andrews, since its computer science program is world-renowned."

Look for their posts, and more, beginning this summer as they pack and prepare for their trips abroad.

Contact: Division of Communications

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