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By Sam Alcorn
LEWISBURG, Pa. — Eight new Bucknell University bloggers will soon begin chronicling their study abroad adventures.
Representing a diverse range of majors — from accounting and economics to neuroscience and elementary education — the new bloggers will study in a variety of international destinations — from Ireland and Denmark to Ghana and Italy. || Visit the Study Abroad Blog
The new bloggers, all from the Class of 2012, including their majors and study abroad locations, are:
- Kirstin van der Gracht, ancient Greek and linguistics, Ghana
- Stefan Ivanovski, international relations and Spanish, Spain
- Kopano Majara, accounting and economics, Denmark
- Mollie Morris, neuroscience, Denmark
- Becca Nelson, biology and psychology, France
- Kristin Somers, elementary education, Ireland
- Doneeca Thurston, history, Ghana
- Jenni Whalen, psychology, Italy
Selected through a competitive application process, the bloggers are trained to use blogging software and equipped with digital pocket cameras to help them record and share their experiences in and out of the classroom.
Doneeca Thurston and Kirstin van der Gracht will both post dispatches from Ghana, the first time Bucknell bloggers have represented that nation since the Study Abroad Blog was first launched in June 2007. Each is in a different program and location.
Jenni Whalen, who will study in Florence, Italy, is excited at being able to study abroad. "I want to take every single opportunity that comes my way when I'm abroad, whether that's riding on the back of a little blue Vespa, cooking homemade pasta with my fellow students, eating a dish with a name I can't pronounce or taking a random weekend trip to Venice," she said.
Kristin Somers chose to study in Dublin, Ireland, in part because of its easy accessibility to other European cities. "I already have a trip planned to Paris for my 21st birthday in February with my brother and dad," Somers said. "I am hoping to visit friends in London, Florence and Rome. I even plan on visiting my friend in Australia when I am done with finals in May."
For the perfect study abroad experience, Mollie Morris said she wants a total immersion in Denmark's culture, daily life and traditions. "I am curious about the everyday experiences of other cultures and broadening my own perspectives," she said.
Stefan Ivanovski, who is studying this semester in Argentina, will be in Spain in 2011 and is looking forward to sharing his overseas perspective with his fellow Bucknellians. "My experiences living in foreign countries have helped me to be accepting and welcoming of cultural and linguistic differences," he said.
The Study Abroad Blog has been a popular stop for website visitors since it started in 2007. To date, the blog has had nearly 85,000 reader visits.
More than 42 percent of Bucknell's undergraduate students spend one or more semesters studying off campus.
Contact: Division of Communications