Sarah Anderson ’18, a Biology major, is currently participating on the SIT approved program in Arusha, Tanzania, and blogging about her experiences in Africa. To learn more about Sarah’s adventures, you can follow her blog here: https://sanzania.wordpress.com/
Maria Amorosso ’18, majoring in Psychology with a minor in Spanish, is blogging about her experience for IES Abroad while studying in Salamanca, Spain.
You can read all about her experiences here: https://www.iesabroad.org/study-abroad/blogs/author/549656
Students studying abroad during the Fall 2016 term were prompted with the question, “As your semester abroad comes to an end, what advice would you give to future study-abroad students from Colgate? What will you miss the most? What has been most shocking to you? How have you changed because of this experience?”
In the coming weeks, we will highlight the responses from those students who are studying abroad.
Danielle Kliger ’18, who is a Mathematical Economics major and participating in the London Economics Study Group, shares her story below:
It was our first weekend spent away from London. Due to last minute planning and expensive flights, my friends and I decided to explore closer to home. This brought us to the little seaside town of Brighton. Now there isn’t much to do in Brighton, so naturally we found ourselves with wine in hand, an overwhelming plate of seafood, and engaging conversation. It was here that I began jotting a note in my phone of all of the places and things we wanted to cover while abroad. This journey of trying new things began right then and there when Lindsay, my flatmate, tried an oyster for the first time. With disgust and slight confusion, she stated, “I don’t get the point.” Clearly, we had a long way to go.
Fast forward four months with fifteen cities and eight countries behind us, and a few more first time experiences, we gathered around yet another dinner table and decided to look back at the note. An overwhelming sense of panic set in when we came face to face with the realization that we had achieved little from the list we had been so keen on covering. What have we been doing this whole time? After this alarming moment had subdued, I realized that going abroad wasn’t necessarily about checking items off of a list, but it was about stepping outside of my Colgate community and experiencing something new.
This past semester, I have had the opportunity and great privilege to study economics through a global lens, to explore cultures and areas around Europe, and to most importantly call London my home. I was able to learn firsthand from former Labour Party councillor, Rima Horton, about the UK healthcare and education system, as well as a host of different guest lecturers. I got to live the Colgate bubble in a bustling city–the ideal combination. Lucky enough, I was able to share this experience with fifteen other Colgate peers, people that I wouldn’t have gotten to know had I not been on a Colgate study abroad program. Through our mutual discomfort that a new city brings and the desire to make this our home, we became close.Beyond the classroom, our group attended twelve theatre productions, spent three weeks at various internships, and explored the London nightlife.
Through these experiences, I have made the transition from feeling like a tourist to feeling like a local, a transition that I think is only made possible by living in the city for an extended period of time. I have tried new foods, seen historical monuments, walked the streets in other European countries, and have in turn grown as an individual. I have a deeper appreciation of the British and European culture and a newfound understanding that although stepping outside of my comfort zone leaves me vulnerable, it is the only way to gain a new perspective on the world.
Congratulations to Kadian Dixon’18 and Haley Allen’18, who have been offered U.S. Department of State Gilman International Scholarships to support their Spring 2017 study abroad. They are among the 850 undergraduates chosen to receive awards from over 2,700 who applied for spring semester.
Kadian is an Africana & Latin American studies major. She will participate in Colgate’s Jamaica Study Group, led by Professor Kezia Page (English and Africana & Latin American Studies) who will offer courses on Jamaican literature, arts and culture. Kadian will live and attend two additional classes at the University of the West Indies in Kingston, Jamaica.
As a Latin American Studies and Political Science double major, Haley is interested current affairs in post-dictatorship democracies. She will study in Buenos Aires, Argentina on SIT’s Social Movements and Human Rights program. Haley says that Argentina’s “rich history of political organization (makes it) an ideal location to study social movements and grassroots influence on national and international politics.” She looks forward to meeting her host family.
The Gilman Scholarships Program awards up to $5000 to eligible students for semester-long study abroad in countries all around the world. Off-Campus Study will hold an information meeting early in the Spring semester for eligible students interested in applying for the Fall 2017. The deadline to apply for a Gilman Scholarship for Fall 2017 is March 7, 2017.
The Fund for Education Abroad (FEA) 2017-2018 application cycle is open as of November 16th!
Since 2011, FEA has been helping Rainbow SIG expand access to study abroad for our LGBTQI students by granting Rainbow Scholarships of up to $10,000 to deserving students.
John Crespi, Luce Associate Professor of Chinese at Colgate University, wanted something different for the students participating on the study group to China that he is leading in fall 2016. Something that would provide his students extensive Chinese language practice and rich involvement in Chinese society. Which led to Professor Crespi working CET (China Educational Tours, a study abroad provider) to help create a program to have his students work at the mall.
On October 21st, the New York Times published an article on “A Traveler’s Guide to Customs: When to Shake Hands, Hug or Kiss”. You might end up touching noses in New Zealand, figuring out how many air kisses to give in France, or receiving a bone-crushing handshake in Russia.
Read more here: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/10/22/world/what-in-the-world/travel-greetings.html
Emma Newmann ’18 (English major) is currently on an Approved Program with the SEA Semester program. On October 14th, 2016, Ms. Newmann wrote about an experience studying at sea on the SSV Robert C. Seamans, which at the time was docked at Nuku’alofa Wharf, Tongatapu, Tonga.
You can read more about her adventures here:
The 11th annual InternationalStudent.com travel video contest is now open for entries! The winning video will receive $4,000 and their very own blog on InternationalStudent.com.
Students studying abroad, and those who want to study abroad, are welcome to enter.
To enter, students would need to submit a 5 minute video telling us why they want to study abroad, or if you’re an international student who is already studying abroad, what trip they would want to take.
The deadline to apply is October 14th.
Further information on the contest could be found on the official contest page:
Past entries can be found here:
- If you are uncertain about your voter registration status, check www.canivote.org.
- Submit a Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) to register (if you are not already registered) and request an absentee ballot. It is important to observe your state’s deadlines!
- Receive an electronic or hard copy ballot. Complete the ballot. And submit the ballot before the posted deadline. (Put an individual ballot in an envelope with correct postage and mail from Colgate or your country of study to your state of residence.)
“Getting sick can put a damper on any vacation, but it can be especially unsettling and even scary when it happens in another country. Here, Matthew Klapetzky, a registered nurse and the clinical director of Passport Health, the travel clinic at the University of Rochester School of Nursing, shares tips on what to do if illness hits you while abroad.”
(pictured from left to right: Danielle Dunn, Anna Santiago, Tram Nguyen, Ashley Brekke. Not pictured: Stephanie Tilberry and Derek Baker)
Off-Campus Study would like to wish our departing Peer Advisors Danielle, Tram, Ashley, and Stephanie the best of luck in their future endeavors as they graduate from Colgate University. They have been of great help throughout the year, and we will miss them greatly.
We would also like to wish safe travels to our Student Interns Anna and Derek, as they prepare to study abroad during the fall 2016 term. We look forward to your return and to hear all of the exciting tales of your adventures overseas!
Diversity Abroad, the leading international organization which connects diverse students, recent graduates, and your processional with international study, intern, teach, volunteer degree and job opportunities, is looking for students returning from a study abroad program to hire as “Campus Fellows”.
If you are interested, more information could be found here: http://www.diversityabroad.com/campus-fellows
Colgate University’s Office of Off-Campus Study congratulates the following students who achieved a 3.5 or higher GPA while on an IFSA-Butler Approved Program, placing them on IFA-Butler’s Academic Achievement List:
- Matthew Nelson – Queen Mary, University of London
- Antoinette Nwabunnia – Queen Mary, University of London
- Emily Stabnick – Queen Mary, University of London
- Kayla Sturgeon – Queen Mary, University of London
- Yang Xu – Trinity College Dublin
- Julia Steitz – University College Dublin, Arts
- Elliot Voss – University College Dublin, Arts
- Megan Delaney – University College London
- Tra Hoang – University College London
On March 30th, in response to the recent terror attacks, the New York Times published an article containing tips when traveling abroad in Europe, which can be found here.
From an article at www.cardiff.ac.uk
First Minister Carwyn Jones AM, welcomed 15 students from Colgate University, Madison County, New York, to the Senedd.
The students are currently in Wales as part of a Study Abroad Scheme. In addition to their own degree subjects, students are given a unique once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to study modules at the School of Welsh which focus on the language and culture of Wales.
As part of the Wales and the Welsh Language module, the students were afforded the opportunity to tour the Senedd. They also had the unique opportunity to meet and ask questions of the First Minister and Llyr Gruffudd AM, Shadow Minister for Sustainable Communities, Energy and Food. The students posed a number of questions concerning Welsh history, the Senedd and its role in Government as well as Welsh political life more generally.
Joel Sommers, Colgate University’s Co-ordinator, said: “It was an honour to be able to meet the First Minister and Llyr Gruffudd AM at the Senedd, the heart of Welsh political life. Speaking with them and having a tour of the building has given me and my students a deeper understanding of Wales and its politics, society and culture.”
The New York Times recently posted an article about staying healthy while traveling. It can be boiled down to drink bottled water, take Pept-Bismol preventively, and avoid hungry lions.
Read the article here:
The New York Times reports that now is the time to renew your passport. The State Department anticipates a surge in passport demand throughout this year, and officials hope to avoid a crush that could leave some Americans fuming in frustration with no passport in hand on the day they planned to travel outside the country.
Read more here:
We had the great opportunity to take the breathing rates of the dolphins. Breathing rates provide helpful information to the medical staff of a dolphin’s health status. For good reason, Dolphins try to minimize their appearance of looking sick. In the wild, a sick dolphin is easy prey. As a result husbandry can be difficult. Fortunately, respiration rates can clearly indicate whether a dolphin is suffering from illness. This assessment was paramount to the health of the dolphin. To complete this task, we took to the boardwalks, clipboard in hand with a positive attitude. Each observer pair focused on one dolphin, recording the number of respirations over a five-minute interval. The total number of respiration in a five minute period was multiplied by 0.2 to find respirations per minute. This information was given to the Dolphin research Center for analysis. The average breath rate for bottle nosed dolphins is 1.5 to 4 breaths per minute. These dolphins can hold their breath for up to 10 minutes underwater. We always think that dolphins are smart; in addition, they are also masterfully adapted to living within an aquatic environment. – Sarah, Alex, and Alex.
Today we were able to observe Talon perform match to sample. This consisted of three individuals in a line showing Talon 3 objects, two of which were the same and one of which was different. The objects were three dimensional “toys” that Talon was familiar with. The trainer would be in the middle and would hold up one of the two similar objects, while students on either side would hold up the other two. The trainer would signal Talon with a shrug. Talon would then touch the middle object and do his best to pick the matching object one of the students was holding. Talon was not always correct; apparently he had learned the process earlier and seemed to have become somewhat rusty. We were surprised to hear that Talon also tended to have “favorite” objects that he would select even when it was incorrect. He tended to like larger objects such as the ice cube tray and the toy sailboat. The trainer used several methods she used to help Talon identify the correct choice after an incorrect choice. For instance she would create an errorless trial by showing Talon only two similar objects or moving the two similar objects closer together and the different object slightly farther away.
The paper that we read involved showing dolphins planar objects, which would be more difficult, but their success rate was impressive. Two dolphins were seen to have a success rate of 76% and 89%, both of which were statistically significant. The trainer suggested that DRC was not going to do the test with planar objects.
We think that it makes sense that dolphins would be able to perform tasks like match to sample since dolphins rely heavily on recognition for numerous facets of their life. For example in the wild they would need to be able to distinguish optimal prey types when hunting in order to catch the most nutritious food and maximize caloric efficiency. In social settings they need to be able to distinguish between each others signal whistles as well as their visual appearances. It would be interesting to see if they could perform better under the water, as the ability to use echolocation could increase their response accuracy.
By: Trevor Sands and Tori Hymel