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Meredith Schuessler '11 was on a desert trek when the group ran into a sandstorm. Here, they hunkered down as the storm approached.

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Updated Oct. 5, 2009

By Sam Alcorn

LEWISBURG, Pa. – The fifth edition of Bucknell University’s Study Abroad Blog is in full swing with eight new student bloggers detailing their experiences and travels.

The new bloggers, some visiting study destinations not covered in previous semesters, began departing in July for their fall semester homes.

The new bloggers, their majors and study destinations are:    

  • Angela Chouinard, Class of ’11, psychology, Florence, Italy
  • Mary Coyne, Class of ’11, creative writing and Spanish, London and Spain
  • Alexandra Kutner, Class of ’11, art history and psychology, Berlin, Germany
  • Lindsay Machen, Class of ’11, English, Dublin, Ireland
  • Samantha McDonough, Class of ’10, art and art history, London
  • Meredith Schuessler, Class of ’10, international relations, Morocco
  • Kelsey Wiggin, Class of ’11, biomedical engineering, Australia

Pictures and video
The study abroad students will post regular updates on their adventures in and out of the classroom – many with pictures and some with video clips. The bloggers, who are selected in a competitive process, are equipped with point-and-shoot digital cameras, which they get to keep in return for their posts.

The bloggers are among the more than 45 percent of Bucknell students who study off campus some time during their undergraduate careers.

Mary Coyne, is in London on the first leg of her study abroad experience, said she discovered the Study Abroad Blog as a high school student looking at colleges and universities. “Each blog shows how different Bucknellians can be in their interests and personalities,” said Coyne. 

Goal in London
Her goal in London? “My goal is to feel like a true Londoner rather a visitor. I want people to be asking me for directions by the end of the semester.”

Meredith Schuessler is in Morocco with goals like trying every possible new food and becoming conversational in Darija, an Arabic dialect.

“I think my experience will be a new window into a part of the world that most Bucknell students have not yet had the opportunity to discover,” she said.

Dublin, Ireland
Lindsay Machen, in Dublin, Ireland, said her perfect study abroad experience, for starters, would include having “authentic soda bread in an Irish kitchen with an Irish family I meet in my internship while in Dublin. I want to spend an afternoon covered in flour, learning authentic recipes and helping to prepare a traditional Irish meal.”

The Study Abroad Blog, first launched in July 2007, is proving to be one of the most popular features on the Bucknell website. To date, more than 66,000 visitors have checked out the blogs. More than 500 readers have left comments.

Contact: Division of Communications