May 14, 2018
Athens State students will be embarking on the first study abroad trip in the university’s history this summer. The group of 11 students, led by English Professor, Dr. Kevin Dupre and Psychology Professor, Dr. Vanessa Miller, will have the opportunity to explore and experience the culture of Milan, Italy while studying their choice of psychology or poetry.
“I believe that art, music, and experiencing different cultures all share the unique ability to bring out joy in people, despite whatever background they may come from,” said Caroline, a Health Science student that will be studying abroad. “That is my hope for myself and my fellow classmates – to be immersed in the rich culture of Italy, to learn as much as we can in a short amount of time, and to simply laugh and enjoy this adventure with one another.”
Emily, a Business Management student, hopes to gain an appreciation for different perspectives from the trip. “I think it’s important to be culturally aware in an increasingly global job market. I also hope to learn new things about myself and how I adapt to unfamiliar surroundings.”
The travelers will begin their journey May 28 and will be sharing their trip experiences through a blog on Athens State’s website. To keep up with their adventures, please visit www.athensstate.net/blog/studyabroad/.
The group will be trailblazers for what Dr. Dupre hopes will become an annual educational opportunity for students of all majors. Planning is currently underway for a study abroad trip to Salamanca, Spain in 2019.