Besancon, France Summer 2012
The summer after my freshman year of college, I spent two months in Besançon, France, the capital of the Department of Franche-Comté. I participated in a study abroad program through Penn State, which allowed me to live with a host family while taking intensive French language courses at the Centre de Linguistique Appliquee.
At the CLA, I took grammar and language courses as I worked towards a minor in French.
Meknes, Morocco Summer 2013
Oxford University Spring 2014
Urban Service Experience 2013-14
Hemingway Letters Project, 2013
Public Media and Development Intern, WPSU, 2015
In July and August of 2013, I went to Meknes, Morocco through the National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations. While there, I lived with a host family and took intensive classes in Modern Standard Arabic at the Arab-American Language Institute.
This was a great academic experience, but more importantly, it was the first time that spent time in a country with a very different culture from the United States. The best part of the trip was getting to know Moroccan people, and gaining experience with a part of the world that is often misunderstood by Americans.
Check-out my blog about my experience in Morocco here.
During the Spring of my Junior year, I spent Hilary and Trinity terms as a visiting student at St. Catherine's College, at the University of Oxford. During my time there, I completed weekly one-on-one tutorials with professors in British and American Modernism, which is my primary period of interest in the study of English Literature. For each tutorial, I was required to prepare an 8-10 page essay-- much more writing than was required for my Penn State classes.
Studying at Oxford gave me more academic freedom than more structured United States programs. It was also an unparalleled cultural experience. Spending 6 months in Oxford really allowed me to be immersed in a new culture.
Read about my time in Oxford here.
Penn State Service Trips is a program that gives students the opportunity to step out of their comfort zone by serving with urban and rural philanthropies during university breaks. One of our primary goals is to give students a better understanding of the social inequalities that people are facing in different parts of the country, outside our campus and hometowns.
As Education Director for Urban Service Experiences, I was responsible for planning pre-departure programs that help orient students to the specific challenges in the areas we would be visiting. During the four-day trip, I led educational sessions and group discussions, helping students reflect on the significance of the volunteer work we do during that day. Our Thanksgiving trip was to New York City, and it focused on issues related to food insecurity in urban areas.
Read by blog about Urban Service Experience here.
One of my best spontaneous decisions was signing up for the crew team last spring while I was studying abroad at Oxford. Learning to row was hard. However, I soon came to love the team work aspect of the sport.
When I returned to Penn State this year, I rowed with our club Crew Team.
The Hemingway Letters Project is the first comprehensive publication of Ernest Hemingway's correspondence. As an intern with the project in 2013 and 2015, I helped to sort, transcribe and publish letters from the beginning of Hemingway's life to 1926, the year that The Sun Also Rises was published.
This research helped me with my undergraduate thesis, which was about values in Hemingway's 1926 novel.
Read more about the project here.
WPSU is an affiliate of PBS/ NPR that produces educational public media programs, including radio shows, television series, and documentaries.
As a public media and development intern, I conducted background research for TV/web programs and communicated findings
succinctly to filmmakers, as well as analyzing copious information about funding opportunities, distribution, and viewership. I worked closely
with the project development manager to identify areas of community interest, vet potential projects, and produce impactful documentaries about diverse public issues, from early childhood education to hydraulic