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Study Away Bloggers

For a number of Susquehanna students each semester, their classroom is the world. Read blogs written by Susquehanna students detailing their GO experiences as they progressed.

Follow our Live Bloggers as they document their abroad experiences in spring 2015:


Holly JohnstonHolly's Trip Abroad

Holly Johnston
Where: Amman, Jordan
Major: International Studies - Developing World Studies; Political Science
Why: "I chose to study here because I love anything and everything different. Middle Eastern cultures are something I hope to understand after my trip as well as learn Arabic."


Ethan EastwoodMusings in Macau

Ethan Eastwood
Where: Macau, China
Major: History; Political Science
Why: "I chose to study at the University of Macau because I study Chinese History and I wanted to study abroad in Asia. This program met my two requirements of lower cost and classes in English. "




Kathleen FarrellDa Roma

Kathleen Farrell
Where: Rome, Italy
Major: International Studies - International Trade and Development; Art History
Why: "I chose to study in Italy because I love art and the opportunities that an international city as big as Rome provides. I enjoy learning about new people and Italy is such a diverse country, there will be plenty of new experiences. Writing and photography are great outlets to process my thoughts and document my travels, follow me on my journey through Italy!"


Kacy ReeceKiwi Adventures

Kacy Reece
Where: Wellington, New Zealand
Major: Communication Arts - Communication Studies
Why: "I chose to go to New Zealand because of the natural beauty and I wanted to go somewhere that would be a once in a lifetime experience. Wellington was a huge cultural pull as well because it is New Zealand's capitol."


Samantha LewisAix Marks the Spot

Samantha Lewis
Where: Aix-en-Provence, France
Major: Communications - Digital Multi-Media Broadcasting; French
Why: "I chose this location because I thought it would be awesome to experience life living in the south of France away from major tourist areas and be surrounded around people that speak little to absolutely no english. I am also 30 minutes away from the European Capital of Culture, Marseille. "


Michelle GilletteMichelle Takes on Botswana

Michelle Gillette
Where: Gabarone, Botswana
Major: Ecology
Why: "I chose to study abroad in Botswana for a few reasons. Since a young age there was something particularly intriguing about Africa and I have always wanted to visit. To me studying abroad is about getting out of your comfort zone and experiencing a new culture unlike your own. I had never really heard about Botswana until searching for places to study abroad but knew pretty much right away that this is where I wanted to GO. This country, located right about South Africa, promised many interesting classes centered around Africa and its culture I could take and a few cultural excursions, including a safari."


Past Study Away Bloggers:

Allison the Ambling American

Allison Brown '15
Major: English
Where: Nicosia, Cyprus
Why: "After spending six weeks in France in 2013, I got the travel bug and knew I had to do it again. When I was searching for programs, I came across Cyprus and was intrigued by how it seemed to be an interesting combination of both Middle Eastern and European cultures. This semester I'll be on the Semester in Europe program, so I'll be living in Cyprus as well as traveling to other European countries throughout my time there. I can't wait to set off on what is sure to be the adventure of a lifetime."

Diary of my Travels

Janis Harley ‘16
Major: Communications – Public Relations
Where: Cape Town, South Africa
Why: "Living in central PA my whole life, I knew that I wanted to go somewhere completely different than what I grew up with. I chose Cape Town because on top of getting to live a city lifestyle, I'm also surrounded by numerous outdoor activities with beautiful mountains and beaches along the Western Cape. You can tour art galleries and hike up one South Africa's landmarks in the same day!"


My Journey to Mt. EverestNepal

John Rehm '15
Communications - Public Relations
Where: GO Short Sherpa Life and Culture, Nepal
Why: "I have always had a passion for the outdoors and wanted to GO somewhere that only a few others have. I was instantly hooked when I saw that the Sherpa Life and Culture trip involved hiking. The best part of the trip was being able to immerse myself in a world completely different from my own."

Wanderlust TalesFlorence, Italy

Katie Patschke '15
International Studies and Anthropology
Where: Florence, Italy
Why: "I chose to go to Florence, Italy, because of the art and culture.  My favorite thing about being there was the lifestyle, they had an appreciation for food, fashion, and life.  Florence is a beautiful city filled with history and elegance.  Travelling was easy if you wanted to get away on weekends but the city itself had so much to offer that I could have loved to have had a longer semester to spend more time in it.  Florence is an amazing place to study abroad and I would recommend it to anyone!"

My Adventures in The GambiaThe Gambia

Emily Crawford '15
Where: Banjul, The Gambia
Why: "I chose to study in The Gambia because I figured visiting West Africa would challenge me to think in new ways and to re-evaluate the ways in which many Americans often view Africa. Everyday in The Gambia is a new adventure, whether in an urban center, a bustling market, a family compound, an upriver village, or the university campus!"

Ma Vie en FranceMa Vie en France

Carolyn Wert '14
French Education
Where: Strasbourg, France
BCA Strasbourg

Turkish DelightsTurkey 2012 Blog

Molly Bogart '13
Political Science
Where: Istanbul, Turkey
Why: "I chose Istanbul because I wanted to explore and experience a place with which I had no familiarity.  Turkey is also often considered the bridge between the East and the West, which creates interesting political and social dynamics.  It was really fascinating to study there, especially as a political science major with an interest in sociology.  I learned a lot about how the way in which we study places foreign to us can shape our perspective and about the importance (and difficulty) of intercultural communication."

Home is Relative

Kara Brammer '13
London, England

One Hundred Thousand Words and Welcomes

Sara Kern '13
Stirling, Scotland

Sara, the Aussie

Sara Saltzman '13
Sydney, Australia

Living in London

Valarie Duquette '12
London, England

Jackie the Conquistadora

Jacqueline Newell '12
Alicante, Spain

Mangia, mangia!

Natalie Cicioni '12
Rome, Italy

The Way I See It

Melissa Starr Boudrye '12
Mendoza, Argentina

Dancing Lessons

Destiny Arturet '12

The American Man in Japan

Scott Polhemus '12Tokyo, Japan

Tokyo, Japan


Andrew Gnan '12
Prague, Czech Republic

Metropolitan Musings 

Kenneth Lakes '11
Washington, D.C.

Istanbul, Etc.

Garth Libhart '11
Istanbul, Turkey

Egyptian Semester Sequential 

Chris Sterbenz '11
Cairo, Egypt


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