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20 Aug

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“What I did on my summer vacation”

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Traveling the bustling streets of Tokyo, feeding kangaroos by hand in Australia, taking selfies in front of the Leaning Tower of Pisa: If anyone asks Mount study abroad students “What did you do during your summer vacation?” they’re in for a great answer.

Dozens of Mount students and professors traveled around the world this summer through the college’s study abroad program. In addition to two programs led by Mount faculty to Australia and Italy, Mount students also studied independently in Morocco, Tokyo, London, and Thailand. All trips were arranged with the help of the Mount’s Career Center.

Leading an enthusiastic group through Australia was Michael Fox, assistant professor of Business Law and the Pre-Law advisor at the Mount, and fellow School of Business teacher Scott Russell, assistant professor of Sports Management. The group began in Sydney and stopped in Canberra (the Australian Capital Territory), Cairns, and Brisbane, enjoying tours of museums and government offices, climbing the Sydney Harbour Bridge, visiting Aboriginal tribes, and more along the way.

The group with Hon. Meegan Fitzharris, member of the ACT Assembly and Minister of Health for Australia Capital Territory

“Study abroad is a wonderful experience,” noted Fox. “Living in another country provides one with an appreciation for other cultures, and other ways of life. One comes away with a respect for both the similarities and differences between nations and peoples – something very much needed in our world.” Continue Reading

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09 Jan

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Interning (not Studying) Abroad

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Clare O’Keefe is a senior public relations major at the college. She completed an internship in the summer of 2015 in Dublin, Ireland, and recently told Knight Life about her experiences.

In the summer of 2015, I was fortunate to intern abroad in Dublin, Ireland for three months. With the help of the Career Center and Study Abroad office, I was able to get an internship at the public relations agency Heneghan PR. I didn’t really know too much about interning abroad, so I assumed that it would be similar to studying abroad.

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02 Jul

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Fanjeaux Pilgrimage

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All of the “pilgrims.” There were forty-three faculty, staff, and students representing eleven Dominican institutions.

On Memorial Day, I, along with A.J. LaPoint, assistant director of campus ministry, and two students, Stephanie Rivera and Ilci Valarde, flew to Fanjeaux, France to study medieval France, Saint Dominic de Guzman, and the Dominican order. Upon arrival we met the other members of our pilgrimage group, thirty-nine faculty, staff, and students from ten other Dominican institutions. Over the next two and a half weeks we discussed the Dominican charism and how it forms the shared foundation of the missions of Dominican colleges and universities.

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10 Apr

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A Life Changing Experience

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El Calor de Marruecos

You’ve probably seen all the flyers, the articles, and the ads for studying abroad. You may have even complained about those people who talk non-stop about their experiences abroad. Well, I have to confess that it will not stop. Once you study abroad, life becomes more exciting, and speaking about it is the only way to travel back. However, there is a reason to all this madness; otherwise, I would not be writing this to annoy you even more.

Lily in the sunStudying abroad is a life changing experience. While studying abroad in Granada, Spain, I realized something: there is a difference between vacationing and actually living somewhere. When visiting a country for vacation, you do not get to experience the culture, the places, and the people. A majority of vacation time is spent visiting the touristy places and ordering food similar to our own. While living in Granada for almost five months, I immersed myself in the culture, so that by the end of the experience, I felt I was part of the Spanish culture. Besides the touristy places, I visited the local area and met local people. I spoke Spanish 24/7 with my host mom and I ate authentic Spanish food which was a huge plus. Most importantly, I had the opportunity to understand another country’s government, social problems, and traditions.

Why is this important? Learning to understand and interact with a different culture helps us to work better in a diverse environment. The ability to speak a different language helps you to become more aware of the world. In other words, you will become worldly and more marketable.

Embracing differences is rarely negative; in fact, it often strengthens and broadens our knowledge and skills. Another positive about studying abroad is that it teaches you to appreciate other cultures. I always knew I wanted to study abroad. Learning about other cultures always fascinated me. When I went to Spain, I was open to experience something different than my own. In fact, while in Granada, I participated in the University theater group, I volunteered in a senior center, I took flamenco classes, and on top of that, I was a full-time student at the university. The result: the best experience of my life so far.

Footprints

Studying abroad will ultimately enrich you with adventures and a great sense of independence. One thing I discovered in my journey abroad was my identity. There were many times when I reflected about my life, my goals, and where I was heading. I am clearer on where I want to go now. It was a journey full of surprises, challenges, and happiness.

Do not be afraid of the unknown. Go to the Study Abroad Office and learn more about what they offer. Search programs and talk to your relatives. Who knows, next year you might be on a plane going abroad for an amazing journey!


Liliana Peralta-Zapata, class of 2014, is a public relations major with a double minor in theatre and Hispanic studies from the Bronx, New York.