See the World with The University of New Orleans

Summer 2013 Recipients

Shanique Casey | Liana Cockfield | Timothy Connor | Tho Dang
Blake Edwards | Madeleine Hollier | Florencia Iturri | Michael Larey
Spencer McCandless | Amber Prattini | Lelia Ryder | Edith Talley
Rachel Thomas | Alexandra Woodhams

Here are reports from students who received UNO SG Study Abroad Awards in 2013.

Shaniqua Casey

UNO-Costa Rica
Summer Study Abroad Program 2013
Recipient of the UNO SG Undergraduate Award
UNO International StudiesMajor

Casey

During the summer of 2013, I went to the beautiful country of Costa Rica.  I got the opportunity to stay with an awesome family who cooked meals for me every day.  During my stay I studied Spanish and Political Science.  My Spanish improved and I started to speak the language with my family and fellow students. 

Also, during my stay I got to visit Arenal Volcano which is an active volcano site and went horseback riding there.  My second weekend there I got to go to Manuel Antonio which is located on the Pacific Coast of the country.  At this site I got to enjoy the amazing Pacific beach and shopping.

Studying abroad really opened my eyes to experience a different culture other than my own.  I would recommend other students to study in Costa Rica or in other countries.  This trip helped me so much to be able to speak Spanish with other people.

Cockfield

Liana Cockfield

The Writing Workshops in Cork, Ireland
Summer Study Abroad Program 2013
Recipient of the UNO SG Undergraduate Award

UNO Film Major

During the summer of 2013, I joined a team of fantastic student writers on the UNO Writing Workshop program held in Cork, Ireland.
It was my first time out of the U.S., and with the help of the SG award I received, I was on my way to a great adventure!

While staying at University College Cork, I took the Acting Styles class with an inspiring teacher and a lovely group of young actors. Every week I performed scenes and monologues at a local pub, and I conquered my fear of the stage! 

One of my favorite memories was during our excursion to Dublin when, as a group, we went on a literary pub crawl. I traveled down the glistening streets of a dreamy rainy night, visiting the same pubs that great writers such as Oscar Wilde and James Joyce once frequented.

My time in Ireland was truly like being in a fairytale. 

Timothy Connor

UNO-Japan: Study at Doshisha University
Summer Study Abroad Program
Recipient of the UNO SG Undergraduate Award
UNO Film Major

Connor

More information on Tim coming soon!
ThoDang

Tho Dang

UNO-Italy: Rome
Summer Study Abroad Program 2013
Recipient of the UNO SG Senatorial Award
UNO Geography Major

My experience in Italy was amazing. I had one of the best times of my life and it was absolutely life changing. I learned so much about the Italian culture. All of the beautiful sceneries were simply breathtaking.  We visited various museums, all of which featured the most beautiful artwork in the world. Seeing famous attractions such as the “Sistine Chapel,” and “The David,” was awesome.  There is artwork everywhere you look in Italy.  Architectures in Rome are masterpieces, especially the Colosseum.  When you step foot onto the stage of this structure, it is an experience like no other.

Throughout this trip, I had the opportunity to eat some of the best food I have ever had in my life.  We had authentic pizzas, pasta, gelato and lots of other food.  Almost every meal we had was delicious, but the best part of the trip was the people.  My fellow students, professors, and the Italians I met, made this trip one that I will remember for the rest of my life.  This program is filled with the most amazing people that I will become lifelong friends with.  I think we had the best professors on campus. All of professors were so fun and energetic, and they were always willing to help us.  We learned so much about Italian culture and artwork throughout our classes.  Lastly, the Italians were so welcoming and kind.  They made this trip unforgettable.

There is a unique and special culture in Italy that I think everyone should experience.  I am extremely grateful for this opportunity to experience Italy and meet such great people. I am definitely missing Italy right now and I will definitely go back one day.

Blake Edwards

Prague Summer Seminars
Summer Study Abroad Program 2013
Recipient of the UNO SG Senatorial Award
UNO Film Major

Edwards

More information on Blake coming soon!

Hollier

Madeleine Hollier

UNO-Costa Rica
Summer Study Abroad Program 2013
Recipient of the UNO SG Graduate Award

UNO French Major

I had such a wonderful experience with the UNO Costa Rica program.  The small city of San Ramon provided us with a true taste of Central American life, while the weekend excursions and free time allowed us to venture out and experience pieces of paradise.  The pristine beauty of the beaches and highlands of the interior of the country provided us with so many choices of activities.  I was finally able to cross off “ziplining” from my bucket list.  The feeling of soaring over the treetops of the rainforest was exhilarating.  I was also able to experience the rainforest at another level by hiking and horseback riding through it.  After working and studying all week in my Spanish classes, on the weekend I enjoyed swinging in a hammock on the beach with a mojito in hand.  I feel that this study abroad experience was the perfect balance of learning and pleasure. 

The part of the trip that I was most concerned about before leaving, actually became the highlight of my study abroad experience.  Living with a Costa Rican family was by far the best part of the experience.  All of the families were so welcoming.  My family did everything they could to make me feel at home.  My host mom is such an amazing woman.  She was so patient as I practiced my Spanish with her every morning over breakfast.  She was also a fantastic cook and did everything possible to accommodate my taste in food.  She made it a point to introduce me to the delicious fruits and vegetables of the area.  Staying with a host family was the best way to improve my Spanish.  By the end of the trip, I was amazed at how much my Spanish improved.  I was able to carry on conversations  with the locals that I would see regularly at the gym, restaurants, and others stores.

My time in Costa Rica was priceless.  I not only can communicate in another language, but I gained a new family, and experienced one of the most beautiful parts of the world.  I will always cherish my time spent in Costa Rica. 

Florencia Iturri

UNO-Italy: Rome
Summer Study Abroad Program 2013
Recipient of the UNO SG Presidential Award
UNO Psychology Major

iturri

In the summer of 2013 I went on the summer abroad program to Rome. It was one of the most amazing experiences of my life. I made great friends, and together we got to explore the beautiful ancient cities of Rome, Florence and Pompeii. We took an art class under the Sistine Chapel and a history class right under Mussolini’s balcony. After the art and history lessons, we got to walk down beautiful streets for some fresh made pizza or some delicious pasta. On the weekends we visited everything from shopping on the Spanish Steps, to sun bathing on Italian beaches, to visiting the lovely city of Venice.

One of my favorite parts of this experience was visiting Florence. I was named after this city and after visiting it I can understand why. Florence was filled with beautiful leather jackets, delectable stakes and of course the wonderful David. Getting to see this city was one of the highlights of my life. 

Going to Rome broadened my view of the world. It has left me with memories and friendships that will last a lifetime. It is hard to imagine that in a couple of weeks a place that is thousands of miles away from home will actually feel like home, yet Rome did just that. For me this trip would not have been possible without the SG award. Thanks to them I would highly recommend this trip to anyone.

Larey

Michael Larey

Innsbruck International Summer School
Summer Study Abroad Program 2013
Recipient of the UNO SG Senatorial Award
UNO Business (Marketing) Major


The opportunity to study at the UNO International Summer School in Innsbruck Austria has been a great opportunity.  Due to the longstanding partnership between UNO and the University of Innsbruck, I was greeted by many familiar faces.  This gave me an opportunity to strengthen old friendships and create new ones.  The program itself is great experience because the classes are geared toward European topics and enhanced with site visits or hands-on activities.  I learned a lot about the world.  Most of the professors and staff at UNO-Innsbruck are alumni so their suggestions or observations were from experience. I asked questions about differences I observed and learned from the opinions of others.  The day by day interactions I had with the people I met were the most important lessons of all.  Studying abroad has made me a better student and a better person.  My only regret is that I should have done an entire year abroad.       

Spencer McCandless

The Writing Workshops in Cork, Ireland
Summer Study Abroad Program 2013
Recipient of the UNO SG Undergraduate Award
UNO Political Science Major

McCandless

It would be no exaggeration to call my time with the UNO Writer's Workshop in Cork a life-changing experience. Travelling to Ireland with the program was truly fulfilling on many levels.  The country is absolutely beautiful, and history and tradition can be found wherever you look. Moreover, learning firsthand about the Irish struggle to assert their national identity was fascinating and actually quite moving. As if this opportunity were not incredible enough, I was able to experience this amazing culture in the company of wonderful, creative people, with many of whom I've formed lasting friendships. Being surrounded by extraordinary writers was inspiring, and being exposed to their talent has led me to develop in my own work. I feel that the entire trip has greatly expanded my worldview as well, and through it I've grown as a person. Participating in a UNO study abroad programs has proven to be one of best decisions I have ever made, and I am immensely grateful to the University and Student Government for helping to make it possible. 

Prattini

Amber Prattini

Glories of France
Summer Study Abroad Program 2013
Recipient of the UNO SG Undergraduate Award
UNO Interdisciplinary Studies Major


Spending five weeks abroad on the Glories of France program was an amazing and positive experience for me. During my five weeks, I traveled to France’s wild west, the Camarague; celebrated Bastille Day in Paris, walked through the lavish Hall of Mirrors and gardens at the Versailles Palace, stood on the famous green bridge that artist Claude Monet painted in his Japanese garden, saw artist Edgar Degas’s The Dancer up close in Paris’s Musee d’Orsay, and caught many goodies from the caravans and saw the bicyclists of the 100th Tour de France in Montpellier. I also canoed under an ancient bridge near the village of St. Guilhem-le-Desert, tasted wine from at least three exclusive French vineyards, participated in a scavenger hunt during Avignon’s International Theater Festival, walked down the charming streets to see the coliseum in Nimes, studied wine with the knowledgeable Dr. Chacko, attended a wine seminar at the “Oxford of France” Montpellier SupAgro with Dr. Alain Razungles, explored the downtown area and attractions of Montpellier, and still had time to suntan on a sandy-white Mediterranean beach.  Plus, I went to Disneyland Paris too.  And, I can’t forget some of the most wonderful people and new friends I’ve made because of the program.

By being immersed in French culture, I was able to see that France is more than just baguettes and berets.  I even learned how to speak a couple of words of French, too. I’m so grateful I had the opportunity to take this trip and received the Student Government Undergraduate Award for Study Abroad.  Thank you for a glorious summer!

Lelia Ryder

UNO-Costa Rica
Summer Study Abroad Program 2013
Recipient of the UNO SG Undergraduate Award
UNO Biology Major

Ryder

More information on Lelia coming soon!

Talley

Edith Talley

The Writing Workshops in Cork, Ireland
Summer Study Abroad Program 2013
Recipient of the UNO SG Senatorial Award
UNO Interdisciplinary Studies Major


Ireland – A Homecoming

Life, like the weather in Ireland, often changes with little notice and in surprising ways.  A year ago, I had no reason to expect I would spend four weeks in Ireland this summer.  But the winds of fortune swept me across the Atlantic to the island home of my ancestors, and I could not have been more delighted.  The weather was an uncharacteristic 70 degrees when I arrived in Cork on June 8th.  The next four weeks would see temperatures in the 40s, rainy days, cloudy days, and even a few fine, warm days.  Sometimes, all of those conditions would occur in the same day.  But what remained constant no matter where I roamed in Ireland was the warmth and vitality of the Irish people. They made me feel at home.

In truth, I’ve always thought of myself as Irish though I had no idea what that really meant.  How could I?   My first Irish ancestor arrived in the United States more than 200 years ago.  Being in Ireland, actually seeing the country he left behind, and interacting with the Irish people gave me a much better sense of my own Irishness.  It helped me appreciate the political and economic forces at work when my ancestor emigrated and how painful it must have been to leave his home behind.  It helped me understand the courage of a people who have suffered so much and yet carry on with a joie de vivre that is literally contagious.  It helped me realize that my Irish ancestor bequeathed the same courage, endurance, and love of life to me and my family.  These surprising discoveries changed my life.  I learned I am not Irish as much as I am an American shaped by Irish values.  Yet, the tears that streamed down my face the day I left Ireland did not surprise me, because Ireland - beautiful, green, rocky, sea-swept, fun-loving, courageous Ireland - will always seem like home to me. 

Rachel Thomas

Glories of France
Summer Study Abroad Program 2013
Recipient of the UNO SG Graduate Award
UNO Master of Arts in Teaching Secondary Education

Thomas

I have always wanted to go overseas and I never thought I would ever be able to go. So one day while walking through the education building I saw my big chance to make all my dreams come true. On June 30, 2013 I took one of the longest airplane rides to one of the most beautiful places I had ever seen. The Glories of France study abroad program changed my life. When I got off the plane in France it was so overwhelming to know I was so far away from everything I knew. The first day we had an orientation so we could get to know the people we would be living with for a month. It was so weird to meet people who attend the same school as you but had never met before.  I was so lucky to have such a great group of people with me in France.

I thought I was so ready for this trip. After the trip everyone asked what is the one thing you remember about being in France.  After showing them over eight hundred pictures of every vineyard, statue and cute little town we saw I only had one answer.  What I remember most about being overseas is the walking. Here at home I never walk anywhere. I always tell myself I’m going to start working out and walking more, which never happens. While in France we walked everywhere. We walked to school, to the stores, the beach, up hills and down hills and I loved every minute of it. Living in France was such a different experience for me. It exposed me to a very different culture and so many different people. Going on this trip showed me that I shouldn’t be limited by what I’m not used to doing.  I can’t wait to go somewhere else and walk around and see what it has to offer.

Woodhams

Alexandra Woodhams

Innsbruck International Summer School
Summer Study Abroad Program 2013
Recipient of the UNO SG Undergraduate Award
UNOSpecial Education Major

This summer I participated in the UNO-Innsbruck International Summer School. Studying in Innsbruck for six weeks was filled with so many experiences that I will never forget. While abroad, I had the opportunity to travel to several different countries and really step out of my comfort zone. This has already helped me immensely in my life, and I know will be a huge asset to me when I begin my career. I met so many different people from all over the world and truly began to understand the value of learning from other people's differences.  I miss all of my friends and the beauty of Innsbruck already!

 


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