If a picture speaks a thousand words, the six new fall 2014 Bucknell University study abroad Instagrammers have plenty to say.
Nearly half of Bucknell students take part in off-campus experiences in University-approved programs around the world, plus "Bucknell in" semester and summer programs. Instagram is one tool the Department of International Education uses to help show students what studying in another country is like.
"You get a different experience living someplace rather than just vacationing there, so I'm excited for the amazing opportunity," said Isabel Rogers '16. The vocal performance major and arts entrepreneurship minor will spend the fall semester studying in Vienna, Austria. She's taking photos all over the city, posting one on Instagram every few days.
Christopher Dunne '15, a neuroscience major and political science minor, is in Santiago, Chile. "I am most excited to immerse myself in a new culture and meet a bunch of new people," he said. He's off to a good start. Dunne has been abroad a less than a month, and already his Bucknell Instagram account includes shots of him rafting and skiing in the Andes Mountains with new Argentine friends.
Beginning in spring 2013, Bucknell began using Instagram as a tool to help study abroad students stay connected with friends and family back home. The first group of Instagrammers were students in Scotland, Australia, Hong Kong, England, Ireland, New Zealand and Denmark. Bucknell Instagrammers are given iPad minis to carry with them as they explore their new academic homes — along with different cultures, people and customs.
Joshua Wilson '15 is a political science and Italian studies double major with a public policy minor — and he's eager to live with a host family and achieve fluency in Italian. "I chose Padua, Italy, because I knew there would be fewer tourists and English-speaking people, so I can't wait to become fully immersed," he explained. "Università di Padova is also the fifth-oldest university in the world, so it's pretty cool to be participating in this tradition steeped in rich history."
Kumari Lewis '15 is majoring in political science with a double minor in French and art history. She's splitting her time between South Africa and Namibia, where she has an internship which involves working with an organization that provides rehab and counseling to former sex workers. "I am thrilled to be living and studying abroad," said Lewis. "And I am beyond excited for the internship I will be doing while in Namibia."
"I love the simple thought that I will be living in another part of the world," said economics major and philosophy minor Vincent Manalo '16, aka @BucknellVince on Instagram. He travels to Tokyo, Japan, in late September.
"I am so excited to be in a totally new place, learn about a new culture and make connections with new people," said Michelle John '15. She makes sure all of her Instagram photos have captions — in Spanish. "I've heard how easy it is to fall in love with this place, and I can't wait to see what Granada has in store for me."