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LEWISBURG, Pa -- The third edition of Bucknell University's Study Abroad Blog will launch this summer and continue through the fall semester.

Eight students, two of whom will start their semester-long study abroad experiences in Northern Ireland and the U.S. Virgin Islands during the summer months, will post on Bucknell's Web site frequent updates and photographs about studying, traveling and living in their new homes.

Robert Midkiff, assistant provost, said the blog has been a great success.

Document academic experiences

"They give students a great opportunity to document their academic experiences and share those experiences with fellow and prospective students," said Midkiff. "These experiences are part of Bucknell's commitment to building bridges between the Bucknell campus and world, and enhancing our students' abilities to participate in the global community."

Representing a broad range of academic disciplines, from English and international relations to art history and chemistry, the students will study in a variety of geographic locations, including Ireland, Northern Ireland, Spain, France, England, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. One student will visit a host of countries around the globe as part of her Semester at Sea program. 

Selected from nearly two dozen applicants who submitted writing samples, the bloggers join the more than 40 percent of Bucknell's undergraduate students who study off campus at some point in their collegiate careers.

The new bloggers are (name, hometown, major and study destination):

  • Claudia Berman (Livingston, N.J.), art history and economics, France
  • Joshua Galiley (New Hartford, N.Y.), philosophy, London
  • Linda Kang (Coatesville, Pa.), psychology and religion, Semester at Sea
  • Ahmed Kodouda (McLean, Va.), international relations, London
  • Shelly McCormack (Kingwood, Texas), chemistry, Ireland
  • Meghan O'Reilly (Willington, Conn.), English and French, France
  • Cynthia Reza (Los Angeles), international relations and Spanish, U.S. Virgin Islands and Spain
  • Casey Sims (Lewisburg, Pa.), sociology and film, Northern Ireland and Australia

Each of the student explorers will carry a digital camera provided by the University to supplement their posts with photographs of their adventures. In the past, some have added short video clips to their posts.

Since being launched in fall 2007, nearly 20,000 readers have visited the Bucknell Study Abroad Blog.

Visit the blog at

Contact: Division of Communications

Posted April 29, 2008


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