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Study Abroad: Martel Campbell ’15

During the spring semester of 2014, I left the country for the first time, destined to spend the next 3.5 months of my life in a foreign country where I could only speak two words of the native language. I would be studying in Rome, Italy through a Temple University program and the only two words of Italian I knew were “Ciao” and “Buongiorno.” To say I was brave to go to Italy without being able to speak Italian and all by myself (I was the only Davidson student in the program) might be a bit of an understatement. After 10 hours worth of travel delays, almost losing my life in a cab ride from the airport, and the airline losing my luggage, I said to myself, “What were you thinking!? And why did my parents let me do this? Don’t they love me?” Fortunately, after all was said and done, it was actually one of the best decisions I’ve made in my life.

One of the best parts about studying abroad was the unique course selection that contained many courses not offered at Davidson. My favorite course was “High Renaissance Art in Italy.” And while I’ve never been particularly interested in fine arts, having a class lecture about the architecture of the Roman Coliseum while sitting in front of the Coliseum is a much more interesting experience than sitting in a classroom in Chambers. Throughout the course, we had weekly site visits to historic sites around Rome, as well as a class field trip to Florence, Italy.

Another great part of studying abroad was being able to travel. Given that I was studying in Italy, the rest of Europe was very easily and affordably accessible. I didn’t have class on Fridays, so every weekend it was possible to venture off for a long weekend in a different city or country. I was able to travel to 6 different countries during my time abroad!

If you have the slightest interest in studying abroad, I would definitely recommend doing it. It is genuinely a once in a lifetime opportunity that should be taken advantage of.

Written by Martel Campbell ’15

The Howard Exchange Experience: Vanessa Williams

Vanessa Williams ’13 shares her experience spending a semester on Davidson’s Howard University Exchange program.

Host: Katie Randa

Special Guests
Vanessa Williams ’13

Takeaways

The Howard Exchange Experience: Vanessa Williams

Biology Major, part 1

Host: Katie Randa

Special Guests
Dave Wessner, Professor of Biology
Malcolm Campbell, Professor of Biology, James G. Martin Program Director of Genomics

Takeaways

  • Learn about the structure of the Biology major at Davidson.
  • What experiences outside the classroom do students use to supplement the in-class academic experience? Learn about research and study abroad options which relate to the major.
  • What can you “do” with a Biology major? Review the Career Service’s Office Senior Survey

Biology Major, part 1

International Studies at Davidson, part 2

Host: Katie Randa

Special Guests
Chris Alexander, Associate Dean for International Programs, McGee Director of the Dean Rusk International Studies Program, Professor of Political Science

Takeaways

  • What academic experiences (research, internships, study abroad, etc) do students add to their in classroom experiences
  • Learn about the Dean Rusk Grant Program and the breadth of opportunities students can pursue
  • What makes our International Studies program distinct?

International Studies at Davidson, part 2

International Studies at Davidson, part 1

Host: Katie Randa

Special Guests
Chris Alexander, Associate Dean for International Programs, McGee Director of the Dean Rusk International Studies Program, Professor of Political Science

Takeaways

International Studies at Davidson, part 1

Latin American Studies Major, part 1

Host: Katie Randa

Special Guests
Jane Mangan, Associate Professor of History
Melissa Gonzalez, Assistant Professor of Spanish

Takeaways

  • Why a new major in Latin American Studies?
  • How is the major structured? Which classes must students complete to graduate with this major?
  • Learn about how the study abroad requirement of the major, including the Davidson in Peru program.

Latin American Studies Major, part 1

Center for Interdisciplinary Studies: The Senior Perspective, part 2

 

Host: Katie Randa

Special Guests
Kimberly Larkin ’11
Katie Richeson ’11

Takeaways

  • Learn about the relationship between students and their advisors within the Center major.
  • How did Kimberly and Katie determine their post graduate plans? What assistance did the Center offer?
  • Learn about the Center community and Center Events

Center for Interdisciplinary Studies: The Senior Perspective, part 2

Center for Interdisciplinary Studies: The Senior Perspective, part 1

Host: Katie Randa

Special Guests
Kimberly Larkin ’11
Katie Richeson ’11

Takeaways

  • Kim explains her History, Literature, and the Law major, and her future plans in Belgium as a Smith Scholar.
  • Katie explains her major in Computational Biology, and her future plans with a fellowship in Australia.
  • What role did research and study abroad play in their majors?

Center for Interdisciplinary Studies: The Senior Perspective, part 1