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    reflections from study abroad

marist international programs 2011
     1   Why Study Abroad?
     3   MIP Information
     4   Letters from the
     5   Scholarships for
         Study Abroad
     7   Student Essays
    15   Interview with Prof.
         Luca Zoccadelli
    17   Fall 2010 Semester
         Study Abroad
    19   2010 Short-
         Term Program
    20   2011 Short-Term
    21   Program Spotlight
    23   Student Essays
    35   MIP Student Photos

i    globetrotter 2011
2011 issue
      Editors:               Photo Contributors:
      Emily Fiore         Nora Barry
      Jaimie Little       Colleen Bunce
      Ray McGale          Andrew Clinkman
                          Jacel Egan
      Essay Contributors: Emily Fiore
      Andrew Clinkman     Erin Fitzgerald
      Emily Fiore         John Florio
      Megan Francis       Danielle Francese
      Katie Gallagher     Megan Francis
      Kelly Gallucchi     Katie Gallagher
      Lauren Hall         Cassandra Jesmonth
      Jaimie Little       Jaimie Little
      Ray McGale          Carly Marshiano
      Sarah Parsloe       Rayna Mengel
      Samantha Tobia      Christina O’Sullivan
      Nick Webster        Sarah Parsloe
                          Kayna Pfeiffer
                          Jonathan Porras
                          Brittany Thomas
                          Samantha Tobia
                          Nick Webster

      Want to be a Contributor?
      If you went abroad or are planning to
      go abroad, you can be a Globetrotter
      contributor! Take some great photos, write a
      fantastic essay, and submit your work for the
      next issue of the Globetrotter. Contact the MIP
      office for more details.

      MIP Office:     845.575.3330

      Front Cover Photo: Samantha Tobia

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    Why Study Abroad?
       John Peters                   Dean of International Programs
       While study abroad was once                  core, major, minor, elective, or a combination
    considered a luxury, it is increasingly seen    of these types of courses abroad and have
    in U.S. higher education, the private sector,   those courses reflect directly on the Marist
    and government as a lifetime opportunity        transcript and fulfill degree requirements.
    that college and university students
    cannot afford to miss. At Marist College,          Several     types      of   study       abroad
    study abroad is a priority, evidenced by the    opportunities are available to Marist students.
    fact that approximately 45 percent of the       Approximately a third of Marist study abroad
    graduating class of 2010 studied abroad         students engage in some type of internship
    through Marist International Programs           or other “hands-on” experience as part of
    (MIP) sometime during their Marist years.       their program. MIP encourages this, as the
    One of the reasons Marist is able to send       combination of classroom and experiential
    such a high percentage of students              learning, in the context of a high-quality study
    abroad lies in the institution’s commitment     abroad program, is particularly powerful.
    to making study abroad affordable. Our          For example, through our Hansard Scholars
    goal is that with the exception of airfare      Program, students interested in politics may
    and incidentals, a semester abroad              choose to study British and international
    should cost no more than a semester on          politics at the London School of Economics,
    the home campus. As such, in most cases,        coupled with an internship in British Parliament.
    financial aid in terms of a student’s grants,   Likewise, an art student may choose to study
    scholarships, and loans are available to        conservation and restoration at the Marist
    support the student’s abroad experience.        College branch campus at Lorenzo de’
                                                    Medici Florence, and combine classroom
      Marist students participate in a variety      lecture/discussion with hands-on experience
    of types of study abroad programs,              in restoration of important works of art, under
    according to their individual academic,         the tutelage of leaders in the field. Finally, a
    personal, and professional objectives.          student of business may engage with leading
    Depending on their field and overall            institutions of business as well as programs
    academic plan, students are able to take        tailored to the specific needs of Marist business
                                                    students at the Aston School of Business
                                                    in the UK, at Lorenzo de’ Medici Rome, or
                                                                    with the Asia Summer Abroad
                                                                           Program (ASAP), all of

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which offer experiential opportunities to            Personal development is considered to be
complement first-rate classroom work.            a hallmark of study abroad. Study abroad,
Such examples are available in virtually         where successful, challenges students to
any major or field.                              explore outside of their comfort zones, in
                                                 terms of intercultural interaction, observation,
   For students not specifically looking         problem solving, and independence. Study
to take coursework in their major field          abroad students return from abroad with new
abroad but rather hoping to focus more           skills and maturity, as well as a balanced and
on core curriculum requirements, Marist          proactive attitude. This “capable” attitude
has affiliations with many programs              of study abroad returnees can thus help to
offering coursework across a broad range         foster confidence, leadership, balance, and
of fields and core areas of study. Particular    flexibility – all qualities and skills necessary for
programs where this broad curriculum             a vibrant, engaged life.
is served quite well would include the
Marist College branch campus at Lorenzo              In terms of career development, study
de’ Medici Florence, the Foundation              abroad also holds particular advantages. Of
for International Education programs in          course, study abroad on the résumé helps
London and Ireland, as well as a number          one to stand out from the crowd and can
of Marist-affiliated programs in Australia,      be a door-opener in many cases. However,
England, Ireland, Scotland, and South            the importance of study abroad is much
Africa.                                          more profound. Careers are increasingly
                                                 both global and linked to the international
   As to the value of studying abroad, there     sphere. International experience thus offers
are particular academic, personal, and           opportunities for students to become familiar,
career benefits to engaging in a formal          on a firsthand basis, with the international
program of overseas study as part of one’s       environment and the multinational and
degree. Academically, study abroad               multicultural contexts of today’s workplace.
helps students to analyze the material from      And it is precisely the types of qualities and
multiple points of view, to become more          skills that employers routinely cite as important
familiar with international perspectives,        – flexibility, problem-solving, creativity, and
and to experience the international or           the ability to work well in teams – that is so
regional realities of a particular issue. Upon   well developed through study abroad.
returning to the Marist home campus,
students are newly equipped to better

                                                                                                        Jacel Egan
understand, explore, and engage with
the concepts and material covered in
their home campus courses. Moreover,
language acquisition in the study abroad
context can be particularly rapid; it is
highly recommended that students of
any foreign language study abroad for at
least one semester, and preferably for a
full academic year.

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MIP Information
   Marist International Programs offers a variety of study abroad experiences that support a broad
range of educational objectives, with program offerings at dozens of sites on six continents.
We offer semester, academic-year, and short-term (1- to 3-week) programs, enabling Marist
students of any major to study abroad and graduate according to their planned schedules.

   MIP staff information sessions, alumni-led information tables, semesterly Study
Abroad Fairs, and individual appointments are available to learn more
about our programs and to discuss particular educational objectives
and options. Feel free to call the office at campus extension 3330
or e-mail with any questions, and review
scheduling for information sessions at
upcoming events.

   Prior to attending one of our information sessions, it can be
useful to review Web-based information on our programs. The best
starting place is our Web site at Student
and staff photographs of our programs can be viewed at
photos/maristinternationalprograms, and our blog can be found at Interested parties are
also encouraged to follow us on Twitter (MIPstudyabroad)
for special announcements and opportunities.

  Be more than a tourist – discover what it means to live             Student Workers
and study abroad!                                                           Emily Fiore
                                                                         Salamanca, Spain
                                                                         Globetrotter Editor
       Marist International Programs
                                                                         & MIP Office Staff
            John Peters     Dean
           Carol Toufali    Coordinator                                    Jaimie Little
         Jerre Thornton     Coordinator                                    Florence, Italy
    Elizabeth Mulligan      Office Assistant                             Globetrotter Editor
                                                                         & MIP Office Staff
               Marist College -                                        Raymond McGale
              Lorenzo de’Medici                                            Florence, Italy
              Florence Program                                           Globetrotter Editor
          Meg Franklin      Director
                                                                                                     Christina O’Sullivan
                                                                         & MIP Office Staff
         Christie Alfaro    Assistant Director
                                                                          Kelly Gallucci
      Katharine Giglio      Assistant Director
                                                                           Florence, Italy
      Molly Humphrey        Resident Director
                                                                          LdM Office Staff
          Travis Mason      Resident Director
      Linda Martorano       Office Assistant                            Julianne Homula
    Joseph Giacalone        Director, International                        Florence, Italy
                            Recruitment                                   LdM Office Staff

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Letter from
                                   the Editors                            Emily Fiore, Spain
                                                                           Jaime Little, Italy
                                                                          Ray McGale, Italy
   The Globetrotter is the official student-generated magazine of Marist International Programs. It is a
great way for interested students to get an idea of all of the exciting places you can go as a Marist student.
For those of us who have studied abroad, integrating our international experiences into our daily lives is
an important part of keeping memories alive. The Globetrotter is also a part of the international community
here on campus, where we can begin to piece together the lessons we learn and how we grow as people
and citizens.

   One of the most important purposes of the Globetrotter is to ensure that the memories and stories
created by students who have gone abroad are never forgotten. In these pages are a collection of essays
and stories that fulfill the purposes of enlightening prospective students about the adventures of past
students while also reminding those who have already gone abroad of the fun and grandeur of the rest of
the world. It is important that we who have already gone abroad never forget the experiences that we had.
Keeping these memories alive is essential to remind students of the lessons learned and the personal
growth that occurred while studying in another country. It is almost a certainty that all those who go abroad
mature and grow in relation to our awareness of the rest of the world. Retaining these memories and
retelling these stories are the best ways of fostering this growth while back in the U.S.

   All three of us agree that it was an amazing experience working on the Globetrotter because we had
the opportunity to read about the many great abroad memories and experiences of fellow students while
also being able to relive our own experiences. Reading all the different articles brought us right back to the
countries we so luckily got to live in for our semesters abroad. By working on the Globetrotter, we learned
that studying abroad not only had such an impact on our own lives, but also on the many. We had the great
privilege to read each individual lesson that was so generously provided to us by the article contributors,
and smiles were brought to our faces as we looked at all the amazing photos that were submitted. The

                                                                                                                 Colleen Bunce
combination of the articles and photos really makes the Globetrotter a special way to commemorate
study abroad experiences as well as encourage Marist students to make the decision to study abroad,
which will change their lives in the most positive way. Studying abroad is important because it matures
you and allows you to get a better perspective of the world and your nationality while instilling in you an
independence you never would have felt otherwise. We hope you enjoy reading the articles as much as
we did, whether they allow you to relive your own experiences or inspire you to study abroad.

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        Dollars to Go!                  $
                                                                Pat Taylor, Graduate School
                                                                and Fellowship Advisor

             ...And Dollars to Go Back!
    F  or all students contemplating a semester or a year abroad, one consideration will always be the
       cost of these studies. While most study abroad opportunities offered through Marist International
    Programs have costs comparable to study on the Marist campus in the United States, students
    should be aware of several unique scholarship opportunities for study abroad, both as a Marist
    student now, as well as later, when the urge to return abroad recurs.

    Listed below are the details of each of these remarkable funding opportunities. If you are interested
    in pursuing any of these, you should take special note of application deadlines and requirements,
    and be sure to visit the Office of Career Services located in Suite 332 of the James A. Cannivino
    Library, at your earliest opportunity. Advance preparation for these opportunities is absolutely

    Contact us: In person in the James A. Cannavino Library 332, by phone at ext. 3547, or by e-mail at

    Resources to Get Abroad…Now!
    Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship
       The Gilman Scholarship focuses on students with demonstrable financial need (indicated by
    receipt of Pell Grant funding) and has a particular interest in students targeting less traditional
    destinations (outside of Western Europe and Australia/New Zealand). Length of stay must be at
    least four weeks, but the program expresses a clear preference for longer-term programs. The
    scholarship awards up to $5,000 with an additional $3,000 available for those studying a language
    considered by the State Department to be of “critical need.” Deadlines are twice a year, in October
    and in March.

    Boren Scholarship
       The Boren Scholarship emphasizes longer-term study abroad, less commonly taught language
    acquisition, and less traditional destinations – countries which are of central concern to the U.S.
    State Department in terms of national security considerations. Students with little to no mastery
    of the host country’s language are encouraged to apply. The Boren awards up to $20,000, and
    recipients take on a service obligation to work following graduation for a year in any office under
    U.S. State Department authority. Applications are due in early February.

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Resources to Get Abroad…Later!
Fulbright U.S. Student Program
   The Fulbright funds nine to eleven months of research abroad – or the
same amount of time for Fulbright recipients of grants for teaching English in
another country. Countries under U.S. State Department travel warnings are not
included in this competition. Students devise their own research proposal; the
proposal must be one that can be completed in the allotted time, that promises
to enhance binational, bicultural understanding, and that the student is equipped
(both linguistically and intellectually) to pursue. Virtually any field of study is
viable for a Fulbright proposal, although individual countries often have research
priorities and restrictions. Research proposals require that the applicant receive
the endorsement of an in-country host affiliation related to the student’s topic.
English Teaching Assistantships are offered in a somewhat more restricted
number of countries; ETAs are placed in schools or universities according to
the host country’s needs. Language mastery requirements for the ETA-ships
vary from country to country. All prospective applicants for the Fulbright face a
deadline falling in October of the senior year – or October of any year following

The “Big Four” U.K. Advanced Study Scholarships
  • The Gates Cambridge Scholarship
  • The George J. Mitchell Scholarship
  • The Marshall Scholarship
  • The Rhodes Scholarship
   While these four opportunities are slightly different from each other in some
respects, what they have in common is their purpose and their high standards
for the applicant. All four fund graduate study in the United Kingdom, and all
four expect applicants to be academically strong students with demonstrated
leadership qualities and a commitment to the betterment of humanity. The
applicant needs to have a clear rationale for studying at a specific university in
the United Kingdom, as well as a compelling reason for studying in the country
itself. All four of these foundations expect that recipients will one day assume
leadership roles in their respective fields of endeavor. The Gates Cambridge
                                                                                      Samantha Tobia

supports two or more years of study at Cambridge University. The Mitchell
Scholarship is tenable for a year of advanced studies at any Irish university.
The Marshall Scholarship funds either one or two years of graduate study at any
university in the UK and Ireland, while the Rhodes Scholarship is for master’s-
level study at Oxford University. All of these competitions have deadlines in
October of the senior year.

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             My Horizon
       M     ost people travel across the world to see new things. I was no different. I wanted
             to see the Sydney Opera House, the Harbor Bridge, the Great Barrier Reef, the
    Blue Mountains, and the Australian way of life. But my time in Australia represented
    more to me than an extended sightseeing holiday. I was not traveling simply to see new
    things, but to be new things: to be confident, to be social, to be adventurous, to be bold.

                                                                                                      Sarah Parsloe
    And while I learned about the quirks of the Australian culture, the landscape of the New
    Zealand islands, and the multicultural nature of Singapore, I also learned that sometimes
    you have to travel 22 hours to find yourself.

        Initially, I chose to study abroad in Australia because it offered both an internship
    program and a homestay option. I wanted to be in a place where I could completely
    immerse myself in both the family and professional lives of the people. I knew that I
    would most likely be lonely at first. And I was; it was difficult to make consistent contact
    with students I met while commuting to school. My first internship was not a good fit, and
    it felt strange to be eating food from someone else’s refrigerator. While I initially enjoyed
    exploring all the nooks and crannies of Sydney on my own, after some wandering I had
    a strange sensation that I was not quite “real.” They say that you see yourself in the way
    that others react to you. Because I had no one to engage with, I had no one to generate a
    reaction from.

        My discomfort forced me to expand. I began talking to anyone who looked friendly
    enough. I talked at the dinner table, on the university shuttle, in the classroom. Australians,
    being the friendly “blokes” that they are, responded well to conversation. I made friends
    on buses, on trains, in museums, and in my classes. My host family began referring to me
    as their second daughter, taking me to family occasions and proudly recording me as I
    sang bits of opera and Broadway to entertain their friends.
                                                                                                      Spring 2010
                                                                                                      Sydney, Australia
        My newfound attitude of outgoing curiosity worked well. It seemed that overnight
    I had developed an entire support system that had not existed the month before. I had
    friends who wanted to show me their city and their food, to feed me meat pies, lamingtons
    and Tim Tams, and to take me to rugby games, city festivals, local concerts, and national
    parks. When my internship decided they had a glut of staff and could not keep me any
    longer, my host family was ready to call the internship agency, my youth group friends
    were ready to pray over me, and my university friends were ready to empathize with me
    and trash-talk my initial internship.

        Supported by this new net of “mateship,” I flourished. When the next internship
    opportunity came along, I was no longer a timid little intern who dutifully took out the
    trash. I became a full-fledged member of the office team, making suggestions to improve
    the Web site, generating key internal e-mails, writing articles, and proofing corporate
    literature. My new self-confidence made my coworkers comfortable around me. I fit in,
    as my company’s chair of the International Steering Committee would say, “like an old

       As I grew more comfortable with my life in Sydney, I pursued more experiences
    outside of it. I planned trips to learn to surf, to go white-water rafting, to go cliff diving,
    and to snorkel at the Great Barrier Reef. I traveled to New Zealand to hike the Fox Glacier

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and to go horseback riding through the Lord of the Rings scenery. The pinnacle of the trip was
the 43-meter bungee jump from the Kawarau Bridge. The bungee instructor told us that the most
difficult part of the sport was simply persuading oneself to step off of the platform, to trust that
something would catch you as you hurtled full tilt toward the impossibly blue river. I am proud to
say that I leapt without hesitation.

   But all of this confidence-building in Australia would prove to be the dress rehearsal for my biggest
challenge: presenting my academic research paper at a major international academic conference to
be held in Singapore. In my sophomore year, I had written an original piece of communication
research that was accepted into the International Communication Association’s (ICA) conference
and had been working toward this conference for some time. The conference, to be held just eight
hours from Sydney in Singapore, is generally comprised of graduate and doctoral work. I would be
the only undergraduate with a paper in the conference, and would have to present it to a room full
of professors who were acquainted with the leading research in the field. The very idea of it gave
me sweaty palms.

    However, I was determined to represent my research. My research at Marist had been supported
and mentored by Professor Cochece Davis from the Communications Department. However, I
was overseas and Dr. Davis was traveling with a Marist spring attachment study abroad program
in Australia and Samoa. As a result, I booked my flight and accommodation, registered for the
conference, and prepared a PowerPoint largely on my own. I arrived in Singapore and checked
into my hotel, confident that I would meet up with Dr. Davis at the opening reception. He would
introduce me to his friends from various universities, offer last-minute tips on the presentation, and
help to field any particularly complicated questions from the audience.
                   “It hit me that my life in Sydney
                      had prepared me for this.”
    Unfortunately (or so I thought at the time), things did not play out quite this way. Proud to have
successfully checked into my hotel room, I purchased a few minutes of Internet time to check
messages. An urgent e-mail from my professor informed me that he had been grounded in San
Francisco and would not make the conference in time for my presentation. Suddenly, I found myself
alone in a foreign country, with no cell phone and no mentor, and in the most intimidating situation
I had ever faced.

    Although there was a moment of stark panic, it only lasted a moment. It hit me that my life in
Sydney had prepared me for this. After months of navigating Australia, I had little trouble figuring
out Singapore and getting to the conference on time. At the opening reception, I simply talked to any
friendly-looking person, just as I had done in Australia. I soon had a notebook full of business cards,
an invitation to a party hosted by Michigan State University, and a young doctoral student friend
who enthusiastically agreed to tour the city with me. I realized that I could do this, and do it well.

    When it came time to present my paper, I stood and faced an audience filled mostly with people
I had already befriended. It was not particularly intimidating simply explaining my research to
friends who nodded enthusiastically from their seats. Halfway through the presentation, I realized
that though I would have liked to have had my professor there during my presentation, I was capable
of presenting and discussing my work, confidently, on my own. I was a researcher in my own right,
and I had earned my place at the podium.
                                                                                                           Sarah Parsloe

    During my time in Australia, I petted a kangaroo, learned what “fair dinkum” means, and ate
emu pizza. I tried to play the didgeridoo, saw a show in the Opera House, and went on a river safari
in search of crocodiles. Although I will always remember these travel adventures vividly, what will
remain with me more fundamentally is what I learned about my own limits. More specifically, I
learned that by simply stretching out of my comfort zone, I can meet the most amazing people and
achieve things I had thought were beyond me. In the end, I became a person who is willing to take
the calculated risk, knowing that only by leaping out into the unknown can we discover that part of
ourselves that catches us before we hit the river.

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Bridging the                                                                                  Lauren Hall
                                                                                              South Africa

                            Great Divide
Short-Term 2010 Spring Attachment

    I just met kids who treat Kit-Kat chocolate bars like
      edible gold, and I return home to a new Jeep Liberty.
The thoughtful gift from my parents (the Jeep) jolted me
                                                                though they have had some success, “equality” is still a
                                                                distant dream.

from Sub-Saharan Africa back to the suburban comforts of           Most citizens gained legal freedom only recently, with
my hometown. I see perfectly placed pansies and clean-          Nelson Mandela as the first democratically elected leader
cut lawns, tricycles, and basketball hoops, brick houses        in 1994. But history proves that legal freedom does not
filled with families and (one hopes) love. Returning to the     ensure the sort of ideological and social equality idealized
USA from my short-term study                                                             in government documents. An
abroad program in South Africa                                                           up-and-coming hip hop artist I
challenged my conceptions of                                                             met in Zula Nightclub phrased it
poverty and freedom. The impact                                                          best: “The black youth are free
of my abroad experience still                                                            physically, but they are not free
resonates in my life today.                                                              in their minds.” Never have I
                                                                                         ever enjoyed a more genuine and
    Similar to most countries                                                            intellectual conversation at a dance
compared to the U.S., South                                                              club than I did that night. Nino,
Africa’s poor are often poorer.                                                          the hip hop artist, exuded passion
While touring townships and                                                              when explaining his reason for
cities, my eyes suffered from                                                            becoming a musical artist. He
trying to adjust to the radioactive                                                      wants to free minds.
glare of wealth one moment and
the bleakness of poverty the                                                                 Similarly, as Professor Lee of
next. Bolts of ultraviolet rays                                                          the University of Western Cape
would blare off platinum-silver                                                          explained to our group of Marist
Escalades and leave unsettled                                                            students, hundreds of years of
shadows on the shanty-towns                                                              a ruling culture insisting upon
(groups of makeshift houses                                                              the inferiority of one race can
constructed of off-cut wood and                                                          “fundamentally undermine” some
corrugated iron), sometimes                                                              South African blacks’ ability
located less than 200 feet away.                                                         to fully value their culture and
                                                                themselves. In so offering this strong statement, Dr. Lee
   But economic status is not the only division between         alluded to the reality that the major players in apartheid
those with fancy cars and those with shanties in South          worked so hard to create. During apartheid, whites in power
Africa. Race and ethnicity also divide. Although black          worked to hold blacks down; their tactic of oppression
South Africans outnumber white South Africans eight to          was to convince blacks that they belonged on the bottom.
one, in terms of wealth distribution, this ratio turns on its   H.F. Verwoerd, commonly referred to as the “Architect
head and seemingly buries its denominator. Three hundred        of Apartheid” and the man charged with the development
years of colonialism and 60 years of a tyrannical apartheid     of the black South African educational system, vowed “I
regime segregate people ethnically, economically, and           will reform it [black education] so that they will be taught
ideologically. Social movements, led by change agents           from childhood that equality with Europeans is not for
such as the awe-inspiring Nelson Mandela, Walter Sisulu,        them.” What he proposed, and what he indoctrinated, was
and Desmond Tutu, combat the injustice of apartheid. And        ideological genocide.

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                                                                                                                                  Nora Barry
   Compared to a world in which Mommies and Daddies              and give them gifts. I am not critiquing my parents, as (trust
shower their children with everything from candy to (often       me) I am appreciative of the gift. “Jenny the Jeep” takes
overstated) compliments, Verwoerd sounds like a villain          me to a job, an internship, to friends and family, and to
in a child’s story. His hate makes him seem like an evil         adventures which all enrich my life. My parents, in trying to
man from an evil place that enslaves the naughty children        quell my confusion and frustration after receiving the Jeep,
who will not eat their vegetables. His mantra of black           explained their reasoning: I deserved it. Their gift was not
education is incomprehensible. His words are an outrage          meant to dote, but rather to empower. Empower me to see,
and a tragedy, but to South Africans, his words and policies     do, and achieve more.
were reality.
                                 “My abroad trip engendered                                             Moving forward, I am
    Experiencing      South       a sense of responsibility, and                                     able to utilize this new
Africa brought the history
lesson of apartheid to life
                               reminded me that opportunities for                                    understanding by using
                                                                                                     words and education
for me. My reality has         making a difference can be found                                      to support and discuss
been changed. To be sure,        not only abroad, but also right                                     these complex issues
villains like Verwoerd scar                                                                          with others. While I
almost every country; the                here at home.”                                              have worked with at-
U.S. has had a longer time for similar wounds to heal.           risk youth from the Poughkeepsie School District for some
Even now, in post-civil rights America, after we have had        time, I will now approach that work with a renewed vigor.
hundreds of years to untangle and diffuse the racial tension     Education does not inherently produce a better society
instigated by 400 years of slavery, electing a black president   and better individuals, but it acts as a foundation for both.
was celebrated (or scorned) as a milestone.                      My abroad trip engendered a sense of responsibility, and
                                                                 reminded me that opportunities for making a difference can
   Americans generally experience less poverty and enjoy         be found not only abroad, but also right here at home. I will
more freedom; my welcome-home gift was a Jeep Liberty,           now be able to engage in a greater amount of community
not a Kit-Kat bar. My intention is certainly not to bash         work, and with the help of the convenient transport afforded
parents of better economic means who love their children         me by my parents’ most generous gift.

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                                                                                                                   Nick Webster
                                                                                                                 Florence, Italy
                                                                                                                 Spring 2010
Looking Through a
   I  n the weeks before returning
      home, I had talked to friends at
Marist who had recently returned from
                                          Different Lens
                                              The first thing I noticed on my      some getting used to. Another initial
their abroad experiences. Each of them
                                          Alitalia flight home was the national    jolt I received was the realization that
told me how they had experienced
                                          pride I felt for my country while        people no longer paid in euros, but U.S.
some degree of “reverse culture
                                          observing Italian passengers admiring    dollars instead. Obviously prices were
shock” as a result of returning home.
                                          the first sights of New York from the    now displayed with the dollar sign too,
I had no idea how this was possible,
                                          plane window. I was proud to call        rather than the euro.
but of course I had not yet returned
                                          the U.S. my home and be a part of
to the United States, having spent the
                                          everything for which this country            On the drive home from the airport,
past four months of my life studying in
                                          stands. Upon landing I immediately       it was a welcome comfort to see
Florence. When first arriving in Italy,
                                          noticed airport employees speaking       so much green along the Thruway.
culture shock did not hit me very hard
                                          English, which had not been the norm     Although Florence was very beautiful,
at all, so I was confident I would be
                                          for me over the past few months. While   it is composed primarily of stone and
able to handle whatever America had
                                          walking the streets of Florence, I had   brick. With the exception of the famous
to throw at me when I came back home.
                                          become accustomed to people speaking     Boboli Gardens, there is very little
Readjustment to the United States had
                                          a variety of languages. It was a nice    green space to be found. I had never
presented not only challenges but also
                                          relief to hear a language I completely   been so struck by the vibrant green
opportunities and new insights.
                                          understood again, although this took     Thruway landscape.

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    After a few more days, I began to       It made me very grateful to know I had       Now that I have studied abroad and
look at the American flag differently.      seen this part of the French Riviera     have had the opportunity to see other
Obviously it has always been a symbol       with my own eyes. Another such           countries and experience different
of national pride to me, as an American.    moment occurred when I noticed a         cultures, I feel I am able to see things
However, the U.S. flag is no longer the     van with an advertisement portraying     in a more “balanced” way. Before, the
“default” flag in my mind, since I have     a building I knew I had seen before.     United States was the only country
observed many different                                                                       I knew. After studying in
flags while spending time in
those respective countries.
                                   “I really did learn to                                     Florence for a semester, I now
                                                                                              have a strong appreciation for
I now understand it to be       expect the unexpected.”                                       different ways of life, as well
my nation’s flag, but have                                                                    as an enhanced appreciation of
a stronger awareness that it is not the     Almost immediately, I recognized         my own. I really did learn to “expect the
only one in the world, and that pride       the picture and wanted to yell “LA       unexpected” during my study abroad
in a citizen’s flag is not limited to the   SAGRADA FAMILIA!” - the Catalan          and will carry this positive attitude
United States.                              church famously designed by Gaudi.       forward. I do miss the small things
                                            I have enjoyed both the reflective as    from my study abroad, like being able
    After studying abroad, I definitely     well as the lighter moments since my     to look down on the streets of Florence
see the world through a more nuanced        return in thinking through the meaning   from my apartment’s balcony each
lens. Visiting different countries          of my time spent abroad.                 morning. However, I am confident that
has aided me in developing a strong                                                  one day I will have the opportunity to
admiration for cultures other than my                                                relive these experiences again, and am
own. I have also enjoyed a couple                                                    thankful for the new perspective I have

                                                                                                                                 Nick Webster
of lighter, “aha” moments that have                                                  gained.
reminded me of my time abroad. For
example, shortly after my return to
the United States, I went to the movie
theater to see Ironman 2. I enjoyed
the movie, but what I found
particularly exciting was seeing
the scenes filmed in Monaco,
where I had been less than
three months prior.

                                                           globetrotter spring 2011
                                                               globetrotter 2011                                    15
Morocco and Roll                                                                                Andrew Clinkman
                                                                                                Rabat, Morocco

Spring 2010              Adjusting to a New Lifestyle
   I t was like a scene out of a film
     when one’s life is drastically and
immediately changed. As I gazed out
                                            developed country than the USA.
                                            While there are similarities such as
                                            taxis, nightclubs, McDonald’s, large
                                                                                       not have been a problem if we had
                                                                                       possessed a kitchen with all of the
                                                                                       appliances with which I was familiar
the window at Casablanca, Morocco,          financial buildings, and groups of teens   (or at least a microwave and oven).
it seemed surreal that I would spend        at beaches, the material differences can   However, instead of putting dinner
the next four months of my life in          be striking. The Muslim nation is run      into the microwave for five minutes,
North Africa. I thought I was mentally      by a moderate monarchy that is making      my roommate and I would spend hours
prepared for the different, slower-         many positive, modernizing decisions       preparing food for a meal. All told,
paced, less technological lifestyle.        for the African nation. However,           our sparse kitchen came complete
From the plane, I saw highway exits         unemployment, living conditions, and       with dishes, a refrigerator, a cold-
consisting of dirt roads; exiting the       health issues remind the sojourner of      water sink, and a hot plate. In most
plane, I walked forward into this new       Morocco’s economic realities. During       American kitchens, this would be seen
culture. This essay will reflect on my      my time there, I struggled with seeing     as inadequate. However, in Morocco,
growth as an individual in a country        families sleeping on the streets and       this was the norm.
where most citizens’ material wealth        relying on handouts to survive.
does not approach that which I once                                                        Learning to cook without a well-
took for granted. I initially struggled         An example of adjusting to life        stocked kitchen was initially difficult.
in this context, but over time I realized   without the comforts of home was           In the beginning, our meals never
that reflection on these differences        the absence of something that college      ceased to involve pasta or hot dogs.
was imperative to my personal               freshmen are rarely without in their       However, as time went on and as
development.                                dorm: a microwave. I realized this         we longed for something tastier, we
                                            problem the moment I walked into my        journeyed outside of our comfort zone
   To understand my study abroad            apartment in Rabat. My roommate,           to the local souks (markets), butchers,
experience, it is important to remember     Cody, and I were to subsist on food        bakeries, and fresh fruit and vegetable
that Morocco is a far less economically     of our own cooking, which would            stands. Going to one of these shops

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was always an adventure. Sometimes          my friends and family at all times was    as important when I returned home. I
we would end up with mystery meat           initially a shock, but it was something   am constantly reminded that I should
and other times an overabundance of         I learned to enjoy. There was a feeling   be gracious for the opportunities
spices. Over time, however, shopping        of liberation when I was no longer        that I enjoy and lose my attachment
in the markets became routine as the        controlled by the Internet and cell       to unnecessary things such as cell
shop owners became accustomed to            phone. I had some contact with friends    phones, microwaves, and other non-
seeing us, two American students            and family while abroad, but I did not    essential items. Witnessing firsthand
making fools of themselves using a          stress over a lack of constant contact.   the struggles of people to feed their
combination of hand gestures, French,       In many ways, the world in Morocco        children is a vivid memory that will stay
Arabic, and English to formulate            seemed more pleasant than the hectic      with me forever. In the wider context,
requests. By the end of our semester,       lifestyle of the northeastern United      my experience allowed me to better

    “Not having the ability to keep in touch with my friends
         and family at all times was initially a shock.”
however, cooking matured to the             States. Sure, it was a hassle at times    appreciate the fruitful, wonderful life
point that our hotplate acted as our        not being able to receive e-mail,         that I live in the USA. I look forward
stove, oven, and microwave. We              check out sports scores, or log onto      to the day when I will again walk the
made delicious meals such as chicken        Facebook but, as with the microwave,      souks of Morocco and live the less
parmesan, beef stews, and authentic         I was surprisingly able to survive        technological life, but even if that day
Moroccan dishes. By the end of our          and flourish. Over time, I was able to    never comes, I will always remember
stay, it was the thought of eating          achieve a balance in communication as     the lessons of my sojourn.
chicken nuggets or hot dogs on a            my Study Abroad Center provided free
regular basis that seemed foreign.          Internet during the week that easily
                                            took care of my needs.
    Beyond the culinary context,                In Morocco, I learned something
another area of my life in Morocco that     unexpected about my life. I found the
required perseverance was in adjusting      things which were essential in my life
to life without the Internet, television,   before going abroad were no longer
or steady cell-phone service. Not
having the ability to keep in touch with

                                                                                                                                  Andrew Clinkman

                                                                        globetrotter 2011                             14
Interview with Luca Zoccadelli
       (Visiting professor from Florence, Italy)
1. Have you enjoyed your experience thus far at Marist?
 Yes, it’s the first time that I’m in the States not as a tourist but working and living here for a longer period. I’m
experiencing daily what the USA is like.

2. Did you experience any culture shock when you first came to the U.S.?
   Yes, I experienced some difficulties adjusting to the local way of living and organizing public and private
 services. The biggest thing that initially disappointed me and made me feel frustrated, which I still can’t get used
 to, is when people greet me, they say “how are you,” and as I start to answer the question, I see they run away
 careless of my answer. I understand that this is not a question but just a way to say “Hi,” but still I wonder why
 people just don’t say “Hi.” In my country this behavior would be strange, disrespectful, and unacceptable, and
it struck me as such.
   I had another funny experience when paying at stores. Generally, one is supposed to swipe his own credit
card, whereas in Italy the clerk always does it for the customer. I often found myself in an odd situation where I
was handing my credit card to the clerk who was staring at me, in silence, with an inquisitive face as if I were an
alien. I felt very provincial.
   Apart from these and other banal episodes, I could easily grow accustomed to the new American culture and
uses. Positive shocks were, one, finding very efficient customer service everywhere and, two, that waiters are
polite, or I would say, overwhelmingly enthusiastic and attentive, asking every other five minutes if it’s okay.

3. What are the biggest differences between teaching at LdM and teaching at Marist?
  It’s difficult to generalize, but I think that American students I’m used to teaching belong to a special group of
people who decided to make a great and challenging experience of studying abroad. This makes them different
in the motivation they have for studying Italian language and the possibility they have to experience it out of
the classroom. Their attitude in class towards classmates and professor is more open, active, and cooperative. I
didn’t expect that it could be so difficult to communicate some aspects of Italian culture outside of Italy.

4. What are the biggest differences between living in an American city such as Poughkeepsie and an
Italian city such as Florence?
  Most Italian cities have antique origin and they have a historical center where you can admire beautiful
palaces, picturesque streets, and wonderful monuments, or lounge in one of the coffee and pastry bars, tasting
delicious treats. In Poughkeepsie, or even in New York, they have different ways to
enjoy and spend their spare time. In Italy people tend to have a more relaxed
schedule, whereas in the States, especially in big cities like New York, people’s life is
more frenetic, and I discovered myself planning too many things in one day: trips,
museum visits, cocktail parties, dinners, bars, clubs, and concerts.
  Another relevant difference I found, compared with Italy, are the big distances
one needs to drive to reach places for basic needs. If I didn’t have a car I
couldn’t go shopping to the supermarket or to the farms.
  Concerning landscape and countryside around both Poughkeepsie
and Florence, I was very happy to find beautiful woods and a
reservoir where I could hike or practice horse riding.

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5. What’s your favorite thing you’ve done so far in the
  Visiting gospel churches in Harlem was an amazing
experience. I was also struck by how all museums are
wonderfully organized in space, showing and lights! In
Italy we have a lot of pieces of art in small museums so
that sometimes it’s difficult to appreciate them properly.

6. Will you have a different view of American
students studying in Italy after teaching in
  Sure. My working experience at Marist College for             Prof.
Fall 2010 has been a very interesting opportunity
which allowed me to observe firsthand and
better understand students’ expectations, our                                   elli at
respective cultures, and learning environments.                                           Marist
My cooperation with Marist College contributed to my
personal and professional development. Working in Marist
College in a totally different professional environment and with
new colleagues led to a proficient exchange of ideas and thoughts, from
different points of view.

7. What will you miss most about America?
  The pragmatic spirit of people and their way of communicating directly, less
ceremonious and formal than Italians. Italians sometimes are slaves to their social
or professional role and this affects their attitude, making them more formal, or at
least worried, of their image and self-representation.

8. What will you miss least about America?
  Watching some TV news such as CNN broadcasts caused me great anxiety,
always warning on threats and possible attacks by Muslim terrorists. Commercials on
TV made me feel the need to remodel my house and buy a new super-safe bathtub,
even if I don’t own a house.
  It was funny to read constant reminders on obvious everyday life facts: coffee is
very hot and could burn, watch the step, watch before crossing the street, objects
in mirror are closer than they appear. But when I attempt to know the ingredients of
what I eat, I find vague information on what I’m putting in my stomach. Many foods’

                                                                                                              Cassandra Jesmonth
packaging shows that the product is “good source of ...something...” such as vitamins,
minerals, or antioxidants.
  Finally, when I needed to go to the hospital the first thing they asked me for at the
reception was my insurance and my credit card, and I had to ask permission to my
insurance company before I could benefit from it.

9. Would you want to come back to America to visit? Any final words?
 Yes, the States are so big that I have experienced a little part of this universe. I basically
got to know Poughkeepsie and several areas and towns upstate, NYC, and Salt Lake
City with its state parks, lakes, and mountains. There are so many more places left to be

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Fall 2010 Participants
Argentina             Greece                   Toniann Carlone
                                               Christina Carmona
Buenos Aires          Athens                   Daniel Collery
Cultural              University of            Nicholas Corso
                                               Cherilyn Crema
Experiences           Indianapolis             Danielle Dacchille
Abroad                Lindsey Flanders         Marissa DeAngelis
Krista Boni           Nina LaMonica            Milena DelVecchio
Australia             Ireland
                                               Rebecca Demetriades
                                               Amanda DeTurris
Melbourne             Cork                     Thomas DeVaney
Deakin University                              Emily Dinova
                      University College       Tena Elman
Vincent Ginardi       Cork
Thomas Graziano                                Kristen Epifania
                      Katherine Wetzler        Melody Felix
Lynde Kayser
                                               Leigh Fleming
Gregory Sulik         Dublin                   Lauren Foster
Queensland            Foundation for
                                               Margaret Frenzel
Griffith University                            Erika Giannelli
Kimberly Conlon
                      Education                Lisa Glover
                      Janeen Featherston       Jaclyn Goldbaum
Nicole Romano         Colin Fitzgerald         Megan Grogan
Sydney                Limerick
                                               Elizabeth Hemmer
                                               Brenna Igoe
Australian Catholic
University            University of Limerick   Jack Kensil
                      Sarah Black              Jessica Kent
Rebecca Dimler                                 Lina Kirby
Julie Doboszczak      Shannon Tota
                                               Jessica Kliwinski
Larissa Gojdycz
                      Italy                    Lisa Koehler
                                               Alexis Kroll
University            Florence                 John Lacey
Lauren Chicolo        Lorenzo de’ Medici       Katherine Leonard
Kacie Reilly          Stephanie Accetta        Gina Luciano
Samuel Rodriguez      Grace Andruszkiewicz     Hannah Magargel
Caitlyn Rowan         Nicole Aquila            Lauren Mazzola
                      Stephanie Bacilo         Richard Minieri
Czech                 Jacqueline Barrett       Robert Nixon
                                               Kaitlyn Northrop
Republic              Lindsay Blevins
                      Hillary Boz              Gina Orlandi
                                               Michael Ozolnieks
Prague                Patricia Brennan
                      Christopher Bryan        Christine Palermo
CIEE                  Deirdre Burns            Ashley Lynn Paveglio
Meghan Barbour        Mariam Calleja           Daniela Pereira
Laura Formanek        Kerry Caputo             Kaitlin Pfister

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Krystin Prastil      Granada                  Carly DeCoursey
Ariel Puccio         Academic Programs        Madeline Deneen
Taylor Raab          International            Brandon DeWitt
Vincent Ricciardi    James Morrow-Polio       Megan Fuchsius
Steven Rizzo                                  Melissa Gallagher
Samantha Rooney
Ayla Rosen
                     Madrid                   Katelyn Gillet
                                              Patrick Gonzales
Ryan Royce           Universidad Carlos III   Rebecca Gretschel
Lindsey Sacco        Stephanie Caraballo      Emily Knapp
Kristyn Sarro        Kristy Cosgrove          Katherine Kondraske
Angela Scherba       Kristine Horwitz         Erin Lynch
John Sowulski        Jennifer Levine          Jessica Mennis
John Vernazza        Lindsay Piasecki         Kaitlin Mullan
Stephanie Waring     Peter Rottenbucher       Oludara Oni
Kristen Wieber       Marissa Sala             Morgan Powers
Nicole Zuar          Molly Sloan              Nicole Radassao
                     Nicholas Smith           BreeAnne Rodriguez
                     Lauren Strumpf           Stephanie Rosen
Rome                                          Mary Roth
Lorenzo de’ Medici   Seville                  Sarah Schmidt
Storm Heitman        Academic Programs        Paula Somlo
                     International            Laura Sumich
                     Angela Borge             Rachel Sweeney
Japan                Katie Meena              Kaitlin Vanderhoff
                                              Stacey Vespe
                     Allyson Swedler
Tokyo                Alexandra Vucetic        Elizabeth Wesley
Temple University                             Amanda Weston
Caroline Kim                                  Nicole Wilson
            United                            Hansard Scholars
New Zealand Kingdom                           Programme
Canterbury                                    Kelsea Burch
University of        London                   Matthew Freed
Canterbury-          Foundation for
Christchurch         International            University of
Sophie Ordway        Education                Westminster
                     Vanessa Adamo            Peter Vinnicombe
Spain                Allyse Bamonte
                     Crystal Barnett
Barcelona            Kaitlin Barrett
                     Madeline Bergeron
IES                  Jacqueline Brophy
Margaret Kolb        Teresa Cardillo
Renee Remi           Michelle Carpenter
Academic Programs    Carolyn Chisholm
International        Christina Choi
Danielle Provost     Emma Curtis

                                      globetrotter 2011          18
2010 Short-Term Participants
Australia,              Alyson Laverty
                        Kimberly Lyons            London and
New Zealand,            Shaun Morrison
                        Mary Roth                 Barcelona
and Samoa               Katelyn Rotondaro
                        Samantha Sitler
                                                  Global Fashion
                                                  Prof. Sonia Roy
Advanced                Kaley Skoglund
                                                  Lindsey Anderson
Communication           Jessica Stevenson
                                                  Emily Banas
and Culture
Prof. Cochece Davis
                        India                     Jacquelyn Dubicki
                                                  Samantha Gioffre
Toni Ann Arrigo         Global Aspects            Julia Janicelli
Jenna Colin             of Technology             Brooke Kristensen
                                                  Amber Lopez
Thomas Durante
Cassandra Fernandez
                        Management                Victoria Minkel
Melissa Hansen          Prof. Beate Klingenberg   Ashley Newell
Patrick McDerby                                   Nicole Percacciolo
                        Prof. Eitel Lauria        Sara Roberts
Amanda Nasner           Laurie Andreola
Andrew Peters
Renee Rumpf             Ryan Bingham
                        John Bubenheim
                                                  Paris, France
Christopher Sharkey
Ryan Sharkey            Luis Castillo             The Paris of Impressionist
Necla Uluc              Theresa Dowden
                        Philip Horgan             Painters
Barbados                Sampathku Swaminathan
                        Jeffrey Weiss
                                                  Prof. Anne Bertrand-Dewsnap
                                                  Arianna Cesa
Psychology of                                     Cynthia Dagenais
Interpersonal           Israel                    Milena DelVecchio
                                                  Caroline Martin
Communication           Jesus and the Prophets    Alanna Miller
                        Prof. Tim Massie          Nicholas Seinfeld
Prof. John Scileppi                               Melissa Sonier
James Barrett III       Myriah Anderson           Julianna White
Nicholas Basile         Matthew Lubrano           Kristen Zirkel
Kimberly Birch          Nicholas Mayr
Sean Cox                Scott Mayr                Paris Fashion
Matthew DeMayo          Timothy Owen              Prof. Radley Cramer
Samuel Green            Shannon Tota              Patricia Fairclough
Courtney Jackson                                  Lauren Foster
Colleen Kopchik
Brendan Regan
                        Japan                     Laura Knight
                                                  Andrew Ludington
James Reid              Visions of Japan          Kaitlyn McGann
Patrick Sheehan         Prof. Richard Lewis       Gina Orlandi
                                                  Jennifer Williams
Berlin and Prague       Maxwell Carow
                        Jessica Chiarella         Kate Zagami
Principals of Judaism
Prof. Steve Sansola
                        Rachael Chiarella
                        Tonimarie Chiarella       Peru
Elyse Brendlen
                        Sam Curcio
                        Peter Esposito            Business and Culture
Thomas Dekeyser         Anthony Figalora          Prof. Joanne Gavin
Darcie Derrico          Caroline Greer            Adam Barlow
Storm Heitman           Nicole Khoueiri           John Cram
Gregory Kaplan          Amanda Letchko            James Daly
Taylor Raab             Brian McMillan            Ashley Huffman
Jesenia Sanchez         Keith Moran               Emily Kaplan
Kim Stagg               Jonathan Porras           Melissa Kark
Michael Steier          Rebecca Smith             Kelly Motley
Edward Ybarra                                     Daniel Parcells
Greece and              London, England           South Africa
Turkey                  Prof. Richard Grinnell    South African Culture
                                                  Prof. Eddie Summers
Intercultural           Sophia Bulahan
                        Caitlin Colquhoun         Nora Barry
Communications          Emily Dinova              Nelson Benitez
                                                  Janeeka Benoit
Prof. Subir Sengupta    Michelle Gebele
                                                  Brittany Bonesteel
Julia Capodicasa        Katrina Kass
                        Katherine Leonard         Emily Callahan
Stephanie D’Adamo                                 Cara Cannone
Alexandra D’Ercole      Victoria Mather
                        Tiana Pappas              Lauren Hall
Katharine Fox                                     Jeannie Lukin
                        Daniel Pearles

                        John Sowulski             Bryan McCarthy
                                                  Myles Williams

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2011 Short-Term Programs/Directors

Winter Intersession                   Ghana
Barbados                              Politics, Community
Psychology of Interpersonal           Development, and
                                      Prof. Eddie Summers
Prof. John Scileppi
                                      Culturally Responsive Education
Spring Break                          Prof. Martha Girardi
                                      England, Scotland, and Ireland
Dubliners and the Literature of
Ireland                               Business in England, Scotland,
Prof. Tommy Zurhellen and Prof. Lea
                                      and Ireland
Graham                                Prof. Joanne Gavin

Israel and Jordan                     Paris, Geneva, and Amsterdam
Religious Studies                     Intercultural Communications
Prof. Tim Massie                      Prof. Subir Sengupta

                                      Turkey and Greece
                                      Religious Studies
Spring Attachment                     Prof. Tim Massie
Brazilian Fashion: Workroom to
Runway                                More information on our short-term
                                      programs can be found at:
Prof. Sonia Roy and Prof. Radley
Cramer                                shortprograms

Shakespeare in London
Prof. Richard Grinnell

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The Asia Summer Abroad Program
                                                                         Kelly Gallucci, Office Staff
   A      fter working in the abroad office
          for nearly two years, I know the
drill. At the start of each semester students
                                                     The program, a joint effort between
                                                 Marist and program founder Dr. Wesley
                                                 King from the University of Dayton, offers
                                                                                                      With such a large focus on travel and
                                                                                                  visiting various countries, many students
                                                                                                  applying worry about how classes will
begin rushing into the office with questions     students a way to expand their résumés,          be conducted. Each student is expected
about application dates, deadlines and –         making them attractive to employers              to enroll in a minimum of four courses,
the million dollar question – where they         looking for students with diverse                but these courses will be unlike anything
should go?! Most majors adapt fairly             international experience. David Newman,          they have ever experienced. Classes can
easily to the constraints of going abroad.       a Marist student and alum of the program,        meet on the road, on the weekends, in
Literature majors find England’s past            believes that it did just that. “Globalization   the early morning, or late at night. As for
authors inspiring, fashion merchandising         is upon us,” Newman shared. “We must             the traditional classroom setting, students
majors find fashion courses in Italy. But        compete for jobs globally; this program          should leave all ideas of that behind. From
what about those majors who struggle             shows participants how competitive Asia is       business conference rooms to the roofs of
to find the place where their future goals       in the global market.”                           Buddhist temples, these “classrooms” are
join with a cultural experience? For                                                              sure to keep students interested in what
business majors, they                                                                                               they are learning.
may find this melding in       “But what about those majors who
the Asia Summer Abroad
Program, or ASAP.
                               struggle to find the place where                                                       Newman concluded
                                                                                                                  by saying that he could
                               their future goals join with a cultural                                            not think of a single
    As the name suggests,      experience? For business majors, they                                              downside to the program.
ASAP occurs over the                                                                                              He came away with
summer and is a full-          may find this in ASAP.”                                                            excellent skills such
time semester abroad                                                                                              as adapting to diverse
experience that has been taking business             Newman discovered the program when           and dynamic international situations
majors and minors to Asia since 1998.            searching for an abroad opportunity that         and “learning to communicate with
Under the helpful guidance of five to six        catered specifically to business majors.         people without understanding a common
U.S. university professors, students do          He had always wanted to go to Asia, and          language or culture. The world is vast and
not simply settle down in one country, but       the program seemed to be a perfect fit.          I walked away from the program with a
rather travel to a variety of places, learning   “Nothing was as I expected,” Newman              new understanding of what it means to be
about business administration, economics,        said. “Each country was different because,       American.”
communications, religion, and cultural           despite being in Asia, every culture is
differences along the way. The tentative         unique. Everything was challenging,                  Interested in applying? Shoot an e-mail
itinerary for the upcoming 2011 summer           whether it was ordering food or trying to        to if you have
includes the countries of Cambodia, China,       be polite in situations that do not exist in     any questions. More information on the
Japan, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand, Tibet,           the U.S.”                                        program is also available on the Marist
and Vietnam. Students generally                                                                   International Programs Web site (http://
leave for the program halfway                                                               
through May and return in                                                                               html). Happy travels!

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The Florence Freshman Experience
                                                                          Kelly Gallucci, Office Staff
    A     s the stress of finals begins tearing
          at us all, we tend to forsake
our homework for moments of wistful
                                                  also appreciated the variety of opportunities
                                                  the school offered for involvement. She
                                                  was an active member of the Cinema Club,
                                                                                                    Florence and still not see everything there
                                                                                                    is, with secret hideaways and fun stores
                                                                                                    tucked away.”
dreaming. Perhaps you think of your warm          Writing Club, and Dance Club during                    While the cultural exploration of Italy
bed, or of eating in a place other than the       her year abroad. Once back at Marist she          is a key part of studying abroad, so is the
basement of James Cannavino Library,              followed the same pattern and today is the        school. Students are expected to take 12
or (if you are like me) perhaps you think         vice president of the student body.               to 16 credits each semester. With over 400
of someone handing you a plane ticket                                                               classes to choose from, it’s easy to find
and saying go to Europe and leave school               Florence has proven to be an excellent       something that fulfills a requirement. Most
behind. In my senior year of high school,         location for freshman travelers because they      take a language class to help them get by,
this is exactly what happened.                    find themselves accompanied by a variety          and many students, like me, do use some
                                                  of other Marist students. This is because         electives for things like cooking class! This
      I received a phone call that seemed         Florence is one of the top study abroad           is mostly because there are no meal plans
like a hoax. A woman was telling me that          locations for students and has been for over      in Florence – and why should there be?
instead of spending my freshman year at           15 years! So if you missed out on the FFE         Once in Italy, you’ll be surrounded by such
Marist College I could board a plane for          program, there are plenty of chances for you      amazing food it will inspire you to try your
Italy. Sure I would still be in                                                                                       hand in the kitchen. So
school and have homework.         “You can spend days just in Florence                                                pack a cookbook because
But I would be spending                                                                                               experimenting          with
a year in Florence, Italy,        and still not see everything there is.”                                             recipes is one of the best
where Dante penned the Inferno, where Da          to find your way over there later on.             parts of the experience.
Vinci painted and Michelangelo sculpted?
I said yes immediately and two months                   Once the hub of the Renaissance,                 Are you itching for a plane ticket yet?
later I was leaving JFK with 20 strangers         Florence continues to be rich in a variety of     Are you ready to experience an Italian slice
for Marist’s Florence Freshman Experience         art forms: from music to fashion to writing       of pizza or some smooth gelato? Can you
(FFE) program, hoping I had made the              to painting! Essentially, if you want to do it,   handle an impromptu conversation with
right choice.                                     you can do it in Florence. Because the city       your favorite grocer, who teaches you the
                                                  is constantly alive and abuzz with activity,      Italian words for apples and oranges? Can
      Today, I am a senior back in                classes often go on field trips for more          you afford to miss the opportunity to try?
Poughkeepsie, and spending a year in              hands-on learning. It’s a location designed
Florence was the best decision of my life.        for students who are highly motivated and              If this sounds like a chance you
I gained confidence, made friends I will          interested in absorbing another culture.          can’t live without, head over to Marist
never forget, and carry with me stories           Julianne Homola, a Florence alum, found           International Programs. Current Marist
that entertain and amaze all whom I share         herself never wanting to leave the city.            students hoping to get away soon, ask for
them with. A huge part of why my time was         “There is always something to do                       Carol Toufali or call 845–575–3330
successful there was the fact that Lorenzo        in Florence,” she said. “You                            to schedule an appointment. Any
de’ Medici (the school in Florence) is a          can spend days just in                                     future Marist students reading this
branch campus of Marist. This means                                                                           who want to try for the Freshman
that one floor of its academic building is a                                                                  Experience, shoot an e-mail to
Marist office, stocked with staff who were                                                           Happy
always ready to leap to my aid whether                                                                         travels!
it was worries over living in Gartland
or Foy (I chose Gartland) or what
classes I needed to complete my
major on time.

     Heather Staats, a fellow FFE
alum, had the same experience.
“My advisor was fantastic!”
she shares. “She helped
me make a plan for the
next three years at Marist
(a plan I still follow
religiously).” Staats

                                                                                 globetrotter 2011                                       22
 The 24 of March th
          Samantha Tobia   Spring 2010

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    O      n March 24th all work and classes are cancelled in Buenos

                                                                                                                                                                   Samantha Tobia
           Aires, Argentina. It is a different type of holiday. There are no
super-sales at car dealerships, no mad rushes of busy buyers at department
stores. No traditional dishes are prepared, no particular gifts are given,
and no special clothing is worn. The only thing that is different from the
rest of the sweltering, hot, fall days is what takes place in the Plaza de

    As I scale the stairs out from the subway, I can already hear drum
beats and shouts. It has a beat, a rhythm, a message. The pace of my
footsteps and the pace of my heart quicken. Barely any cars are passing
on the busy streets, but people are everywhere. I have five minutes until
I need to meet my professor and classmates on the corner of Avenida de
Mayo and Tacuarí. Our assignment for the day: observe. Be a part of what
is going on. Pick a street, march on it, and end in the Plaza de Mayo.

     The Plaza de Mayo is located at the tip of the city, right on the coast of
the Rio de la Plata. While not in the center of the city, it is the heart of the
city. The presidential building, the Casa Rosada, sits regally at the head
of this rectangular plaza of manicured lawns and palm trees. In 1810,
the plaza was the starting point of the revolution that led to Argentina’s
independence. It is here where Eva Peron delivered her many passionate
speeches in the late 1940s. Yet, on March 24th, 1976, President Peron
was overthrown in the Casa Rosada, and the pride and passion of the
citizens quickly transformed into fear and silence.

 “No matter how packed the
 street may be...or how tired                                                      their perfect viewing spot on the top of a metal, green newspaper stand.

  we are, it doesn’t matter,                                                       The huge lenses cover their serious, professional faces.

  because we are all here.”                                                            Words are everywhere – on signs, on flyers, on banners, in songs,
                                                                                   in chants, in shouts, in protests: juicio, castigo, no olvidamos, justicia,
    March 24, 1974 marked the official start of the military dictatorship          memoria, los desaparecidos, la verdad, nuca más. Faces are also
or “dirty war” that trampled on human rights, used fear as its most                everywhere. The hopeful face of a young man who is holding the framed
powerful weapon, and ultimately led to the “disappearance” of 30,000               picture of someone he resembles to his chest. The passionate face of a
people. Mothers of the disappeared can still be seen protesting each               middle-aged woman, with a megaphone pressed up against her mouth,
Thursday evening in this plaza, wearing white headscarves. Light blue              as she leads an LGBT group in song. The tear-stricken face of an elderly
numbers that have been delicately stitched into the headscarves detail the         woman, who is crying because she is now so heavily reminded of her
day, month, and year that their daughters or sons disappeared. While               25 year-old pregnant daughter, who has been missing for the past 34
the military regime has long ended, the testimonials of survivors have             years. There are also the eerie black and white faces of the disappeared
not. They are still echoed in court rooms, documentaries, museums, and             themselves – one banner of portraits runs the length of the street, lifted up
history books, as well as present in the shouts, drum beats, dances, and           by hundreds of marchers.
marches of the thousands of citizens that rally each year in the Plaza de
Mayo.                                                                                  The ebb and flow of the marching ends in the Plaza. Everyone
                                                                                   congregates to hear the words of mothers, fathers, siblings, friends, and
    The streets are packed with people and a contagious energy. There is           survivors who clearly remember what this country was like 34 years ago.
this feeling that something fantastic is about to happen. No matter how            I have no idea what they went through. I cannot even begin to comprehend
packed the street, no matter how bright the sun, or how tired we are,              what it is like to have someone you love disappear suddenly, never to
it does not matter. We are all here, alive, and able to be a part of this          return. So while March 24th was a day I know I will always remember,
together. We are all able to remember that this happened together, tell our        I also felt rightfully disconnected. It was almost as if certain emotions
children about it, and hope that it never happens again.                           were reserved for those in the march who had actually lived through this
                                                                                   experience. Yet while my participation in the commemoration alongside
     Thousands of people march from three separate streets and pour into           Argentineans on March 24, 2010 was essentially that of an observer, I feel
the Central Plaza. Young adults start chanting a song to the beat of the           the better for it and appreciate the new perspective I have gained. And
drum, while waving their handmade banners above their heads. Children              indeed, if perhaps we better document and better remember what little
sit on the shoulders of their parents, holding the black-and-white portrait        mistakes or terrible atrocities we have committed, we, as members of the
of a family member – perhaps an aunt they never met – who disappeared              human race, can prevent similar events from occurring in the future. “Sin
years before they were even born. A group of photographers have found              memoria, no hay justicia ni futuro.”

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Cultural Lessons in                                                                              Megan Francis

                                 Unlikely Places
Florence, Italy
Spring 2010

   B    efore living and studying in a
        foreign country, I gave little
thought to what makes U.S. culture
                                            meeting point was not clearly marked. I
                                            felt agitated. When we finally did board
                                            a shuttle, we stood and gripped overhead
                                                                                              When I arrived home after 7:00 p.m.,
                                                                                          I was overcome by the realization that, as
                                                                                          an American, I have very little patience.
unique. And when I did give it thought,     handles for the full 45-minute ride. I felt   I need fast-paced environments and short
I could not quite put my finger on what,    like I had completed a full-body work-        lines. Or at least, before studying abroad,
in some sense, unites us as a collective    out by the time of our arrival at Ikea.       I thought I did. Now, I have come to
people in the U.S. I have learned that      While I had never been to an Ikea store       learn that a little waiting can be good for
understanding culture is akin to holding    before, I was hoping to be in and out         the soul — especially when the sort of
a book too close to one’s face and          within an hour.                               lingering involves sharing a five-course
trying to read it. Just as holding a book                                                 Italian dinner with dear friends, family,
further away sometimes displays the text        My expectations did not fit the           and a bottle of Italy’s finest Vernaccia
more clearly, grasping cultural traits is   reality. I was in Ikea for close to four      wine.
sometimes also best when viewed from        hours. It was congested — seemingly
a distance. A semester of study abroad in   more crowded than American highways               My next cultural breakthrough
Florence and three insightful encounters    during rush hour. Finding things was          occurred in a café called Piero and
abroad later, I have gained new insight     difficult for me, as everything was in        Sandra’s Bar. My teacher was Piero, a
into not only Italian but U.S. culture as   Italian and there were many aisles and        portly, balding, Italian man – probably in
well.                                       sections. On top of all this, it struck me    his fifties or sixties. I remember the first
                                            that Italians appeared to walk much more      time we met, it was a rainy Saturday and
    After only one Sunday in Italy, I       slowly than many Americans. Agitated,         I wanted nothing more than a large cup of
was already starting to discern potential   tired and with little patience, I walked      American-style coffee. I walked into his
cultural nuances about Americans that I     out of the store at about 5:30 p.m., the      bar very nervous to order my first coffee
had not noticed before. I had my first      shopping experience taking me nearly          the way the Italians do. Piero spoke
epiphany during an excursion to, believe    four times longer than I had expected. It     broken English but was sympathetic
it or not, Ikea. The morning started off    was another two hours before I made it        to my same inability to conquer the
great; we missed the first shuttle as the   back to my apartment.                         language barrier. He brought me my

                                                                                                                                         Megan Francis

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Café Americano within minutes. Then            seems driven by superficial elements           culture is all about the fast train. Living

                                                                                                                                            Jaimie Little
he started singing to me, in Italian. I had    such as time and money, but beneath it         in Italy, and meeting the happy man that
no idea what he was saying. Overcome           all, we are all people who could benefit       makes leather boxes for a living, helped
by the amount of attention he paid to me,      from interacting with someone as nice as       me realize that the option to live slower
one foreign customer, I was too startled       Piero.                                         in other countries is certainly something
to say anything more than “bravo” to                                                          underappreciated.
him. We exchanged names and smiles,                My final cultural lesson came from
and I continued to come back to his            a man who makes leather boxes for                  American culture is something I
bar a few more times that same week.           a living. I met this man as part of an         cannot change. However, as I write this
Then I started coming multiple times           educational excursion for one of my            and sip my Starbucks frap with Facebook
a week for the rest of the semester. He        art courses in Florence. This man was          minimized, after having just sent five
was very eager for me to learn Italian so      one of the happiest, self-fulfilled men        different text messages to friends, I
that we could have more in-depth                                                                      realize I have the power to
conversations. But that took time        “I have come to grasp                                        change my own life. I may not
and patience, of which, to my                                                                         ditch the cell phone and laptop
surprise, he had a lot. I brought       American culture with a                                       tomorrow, or bike 15 miles to
my friends to his bar, and they fell   newfound understanding.”                                       work like the man who makes
in love with Piero’s gentleness                                                                       leather boxes, but I can definitely
and jolliness just as I had. I even brought    I ever met, yet I only spoke with him          be friendlier to my Starbucks barista.
my parents to meet him. After only             for about an hour. I learned that it takes     Sure, he probably won’t sing to me, or
two months, I was able to have basic           three weeks minimum to complete one            teach me a second language, but I am
conversations with Piero in Italian, and       leather box by hand, but he enjoys what        optimistic that there are other things he
he was just as thrilled as I was about that.   he does so the time does not bother him.       could teach me. I still hope to never go
                                               Every day he rides his bike 15 miles to        into another Ikea for a long time, but now
    I will never forget my most prized         and from work, and at noon he takes a          I do not mind if people walk a bit slower
lesson I learned from my interactions with     break from working to have a homemade          in front of me. Thus, a sincere thank
Piero: how humbling genuine friendships        lunch with his mother. In his spare time,      you to all my teachers: the Ikea store,
with complete strangers can be. As kids,       he learns as much English as he can. His       Piero, and the happy man who makes
many Americans are taught “never talk to       love for learning is almost as deep as his     leather boxes for a living. I have come to
strangers,” and, as New Yorkers, we are        love for living the “simple life.” As he       grasp American culture with a newfound
taught to avoid eye contact when walking       phrased so nicely, in Italy, there are two     understanding, and better understand
the streets. I have come to see much of        options for transportation: the slow train     both Italian as well as other perspectives
that as a tragedy. I think about America       (which costs less), or the fast train (which   and world views. Whether the Italian
and its coffee shops lined on every            gets to a destination in half the time but     way is a better or worse way to live, I
corner. Though the workers at these            costs double the price). My leather box-       will leave that to the reader to decide.
shops are always friendly, I could never       making friend prefers the slow train           What I can say for certain is that there is
picture myself developing such a bond          – both literally and metaphorically. In        no single way to live, so appreciate the
with a Starbucks barista. However, after       American culture, the slow train is often      differences, and take a step back to see
my trip, I do look at strangers differently.   not an option. We are a country where text     them firsthand, and in full view.
Who knows — maybe the Starbucks                messaging, instant messaging, social-
barista really does want me to have a          networking, and other technologies get
great day. On the surface, our culture         faster and more popular each month; our

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                   A Volcano of
                           Katie Gallagher Spring 2010
                                    Dublin, Ireland

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   “I came to understand how valuable it is to completely
   immerse yourself in the culture as much as you can for the
    time you are there. It slips away too quickly, but the
           memories you make will last forever.”

   M       y four exciting months of studying abroad
           in Dublin, Ireland ended quickly. From
traveling all over the country, as well as all over Europe
                                                             the chance to live in another country for, literally,
                                                             months. Use the opportunity to the fullest extent by
                                                             truly interacting with your surroundings. Do not just
to countries such as Italy, Spain, Holland, England          “study” the culture, but become a part of the country in
and more, the days slipped away too fast. I packed my        which you choose to stay. Try not to latch on to other
luggage to make the trek back to the U.S. I checked the      Americans entirely; this is the easy route, but you will
flight status before going to bed to confirm my plane to     miss out on a big part of your study abroad experience.
Dublin, the plane which would take me home in just a         While I made sure I visited all of the typical points of
few short hours. To my surprise, at the crack of dawn on     interest, one of my fondest memories of Ireland was
April 17th, I woke up to find that the flight from Newark    having breakfast or lunch at a neighborhood café where,
had been turned around mid-flight due to the ash in the      after four months, the owners knew my usual order, and
sky from a volcanic eruption in Iceland.                     the people greeted me with familiar smiles and nods.

    It is not every day your flight gets cancelled due to        Further, upon reflection I also realized just how
a natural disaster. The emotions shared among fellow         important the internship that was required as part of
American study abroad students were a mixture of             my particular study abroad program was to my overall
fear, excitement, anxiety, and confusion. The airport        experience. An international internship is a great way
was bombarded with                                                                          to feel the soul of the
panicking       Americans,                                                                  city and culture in which
some       looking     into                                                                 you are living. For my
booking a boat back to                                                                      internship, I worked as a
the States, others trying                                                                   teaching assistant at the
to book flights to other                                                                    Dublin Business School

                                                                                                                               Katie Gallagher
European       destinations                                                                 and had the opportunity
that may have had a                                                                         to converse with college
better chance of flying on                                                                  students and professors
to the U.S. No one knew                                                                     from Ireland. It was a great
what to think or expect.                                                                    way to familiarize myself
We had no idea how long                                                                     with Dublin, and to get a
it would be until planes                                                                    sense of college life from
would start flying again.                                                                   the perspective of Irish
                                                                                            academics and educational
    In retrospect, however, I am quite thankful for the      administrators and staff. Rushing down the busy streets
extra week I had to spend in the Emerald Isle. Indeed,       of Dublin or crowding onto the Luas during rush hour
my study abroad program had given me the opportunity         to or from my internship gave me a sense of the rhythm
to learn about the robust Irish culture, but it took an      of the city. My advice is to dive into the culture head-on
erupting volcano for me to realize how incredibly            and get the real experience. Do not be on vacation…
blessed I was to have the greater opportunity to live        live it!
among the incredible people of Ireland. During the
additional unexpected week I spent in Dublin, the Irish                 Following the “bonus” week I spent in Ireland
people went out of their way to make sure we were            due to the volcano eruption, and after five days of daily
comfortable and at ease. I was glad that I had spent the     trips to the airport therein, I finally got on a flight back to
previous weeks learning, working, and living with the        the U.S. with the help of a kind and caring ticket agent
citizens of the Emerald Isle.                                at the Dublin airport who recognized me in a long line
                                                             of hopeful passengers and managed to book me on the
   I came to understand how valuable it is to completely     next plane out. While I will never be able to pronounce
immerse yourself in the culture as much as you can for       the name of that volcano in Iceland, I will always fondly
the time you are there. It slips away too quickly, but       remember the name of my Irish ticket agent – Catherine
the memories you make will last forever. You have            MacDonald, a true Dubliner!

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                Living Under a                                                                                                Jaimie Little
                Florence, Italy
                Spring 2010                                     Stereotype
                    I t’s not hard to write about all the
                      amazing experiences one has while
                studying abroad. However, it is important
                                                                    foot on the ground off the sidewalk, I
                                                                    heard the infamous bicycle bell sound
                                                                    as well as the shrieking voice of an old
                                                                                                                   reality, and I was forced to learn from the
                                                                                                                   experience and move on.

                to realize that not all experiences are, at first   woman. When I turned my head to see                One obvious lesson that I learned was
                glance, positive in nature. I found through         who was yelling, I saw an older woman          that I shouldn’t be talking on a cell phone
                studying abroad that it is possible to learn        on a bike, which was clearly abruptly          while navigating around the streets of any
                and grow from all types of experiences,             halted, screaming at me in Italian for         city because it becomes very distracting and
                and here, I would like to share one difficult       getting in her way as I was crossing the       causes an unawareness of surroundings.
                experience and discuss the lessons I’ve             street. I stood in awe with one foot on the    Because it distracts you from what’s
                learned from it.                                                                                                     going on around you, you

                    It was a particularly
                                                “I realized that there was something                                                 put yourself as well as
                                                                                                                                     others in danger. Once I
                busy day in Florence; I had
                class from early morning
                                                to be learned and appreciated                                                        had a clear head after the
                                                                                                                                     incident, I realized that
                until the afternoon, and I      about the way Italians live.”                                                        a large majority of the
                had decided to pick up a                                                                                             woman’s anger toward me
                package sent from home after class. Little          sidewalk and one foot on the street I was      could have been a reaction to the danger
                did I realize how far I had to walk in order        attempting to cross. I could hear the sound    I was putting both of us in by talking on
Jaimie Little

                to pick up the package, and the further I           of my mom’s voice in my ear rattling off       the phone and thus becoming distracted.
                walked the more I became convinced that I           directions, but I felt like I could barely     The other lesson I learned is that media and
                was lost. I called my mom so that she could         hear her. I was dumbstruck as this woman       the actions of some Americans have caused
                look up the address and tell me if I was            continued to scream at me. I apologized in     a certain stereotype of Americans in other
                going in the right direction. As I was on           Italian, and even with the language barrier    countries, just as some nationalities are
                   the phone, I started to walk across the          I could tell that in her response she was      stereotyped in the U.S.
                                  street, and before I barely       mocking me. She angrily sped off on her
                                                     put one        bike, and left me standing there feeling           Perhaps the woman who yelled at me
                                                                    like I was going to burst out in tears. The    partially did so due to a possible stereotype
                                                                           sound of my mom’s voice brought         of Americans as loud, irresponsible, and
                                                                                              me     back     to   culturally insensitive. It is possible there
                                                                                                                   is something to this stereotype, stemming
                                                                                                                   from the way some American travelers
                                                                                                                     before me have behaved and carried
                                                                                                                            themselves overseas.

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     Therefore, when my friends and I            in. I realized that there was something        However, it was an interesting experience
encountered any negative or discriminatory       to be learned and appreciated about the        being treated a certain way by some
attitudes while we were abroad, it was           way Italians live; they work to live rather    Italians because of my nationality. I learned
important for us to realize that it wasn’t       than living to work, their society is more     what it was like to live as an immigrant
personal but rather a reaction to a stereotype   relaxed as a whole, families are closer,       or minority. Because of these lessons,
that’s been developed over the years, just       and meals are meant to be long periods of      my point of view about the United States
as stereotypes have been developed in            time where families and friends can gather     and its diversity shifted. I learned how to
America about certain nationalities.             and socialize. Rather than contributing to     be more welcoming in my own country
                                                                                                             and how to be more humble
     After studying abroad,                                                                                  about, though appreciative of,
I also realized that fellow                                                                                  my nationality and country of
American students had a                                                                                      residence.
tendency to stereotype Italians.
One      popular      stereotype                                                                                Through studying abroad, I
is that Italians are crazy                                                                                  learned how to appreciate the
drivers. Just as Americans                                                                                  way I live in America while
feel unfairly stereotyped in                                                                                also realizing that people live
foreign counties, Italians                                                                                  differently from my way of

                                                                                                                                                Kayna Pfeiffer
and many other nationalities                                                                                life. These are very important
feel unfairly stereotyped by                                                                                and difficult lessons to learn,
Americans. Instead of getting                                                                               and I am grateful I had the
offended or discouraged by                                                                                  opportunity to learn them. Just
any rude remarks or adverse                                                                                 as this is only one point of
attitudes, my friends and I                                                                                 view of an American student
considered them a chance for                                                                                who studied in a foreign
a learning experience. Each                                                                                 country, read the interview
time we were treated unfairly                                                                               with Luca Zoccadelli on page
because of our nationality, we                                                                              18 to read about the viewpoint
realized that this is how some                                                                              of an Italian professor teaching
minority groups feel in our                                                                                 in America; it definitely allows
own country every day. As                                                                                   Americans to gain enlightening
such, we all made a promise to treat all with    a stereotype that’s already been created, I    perspectives of their country.
respect when we returned. We learned that        absorbed many positive Italian influences
although we often laugh about stereotypes        and took back parts of their culture.
of other nationalities, it’s not as funny when
you’re part of the nationality being targeted.       Studying abroad was an experience
I also personally promised to change             that taught me a lot about living in another
the way Americans are viewed in other            country as well as how other countries
countries; I made a promise to change the        view America.
stereotype. I acted the way I wanted to be
perceived. I had fun but I wasn’t obnoxious,          Of      course   discriminatory
and I made an effort to show respect for         attitudes   and actions were not
and adapt to the culture I was immersed          present     in every Italian
                                                 citizen I    came across.

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                A Night in Rome
                            Ray McGale
                                Spring 2010
                                     Florence, Italy
Jaimie Little

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   “This situation alone boosted my sense of self-
  awareness and ability, and the rest of my stay in
          Italy followed in the same fashion.”
   W      hen I first decided to go abroad, I was not all that
          convinced of my capacity to succeed on my own. I
had survived for two and a half years on my own at Marist,
                                                                      We wound up back at the station close to midnight, out of
                                                                  luck and lacking a place to stay. We decided we would hang
                                                                  out in the station, where it was slightly less homeless-filled
but there was always some sort of fallback, something to          than the streets, until the first trains started at around 4:00
bail me out if I messed up. This time I was on my own in a        a.m. I was not particularly happy about this but it was at least
foreign country trying to figure out how to handle whatever       a plan. This worked for a bit, until it was announced over
situations may come my way. Although my confidence level          the loudspeaker that the station would be locked up in a few
was not very high before I left for Europe, I was incredibly      minutes. My stomach dropped when I heard this, thinking of
surprised when I returned home. When I came back home,            having to wander the streets of Rome for hours in the dead
I felt more able, conscious, and aware. I felt like a different   of night. This seemed to be our destiny until a man walked
person.                                                           up to us offering us an inexpensive hotel room. Although
                                                                  this man seemed fairly nice, I immediately had a flashback
    In 2005, the horror movie Hostel was released. It tells the   to the movie Hostel. Still, we needed a place to stay, so we
story of a group of college kids backpacking through Europe       talked the price down to 20 euros each in broken Italian and
who, through a series of bad choices, wind up not making          followed him to the building. “Sketchy” would describe this
it back. The focus of this movie is on these kids hastily         “hotel.” However, we were able to get into the room, make
checking into a creepy-looking hostel and in turn being           sure we were secure, and get a little sleep. A few hours later,
manipulated by the staff. The whole movie is implausible,         we were on a train back to Florence.
but it does point to the importance of planning and exercising
caution. One might relax in the thought that you could pretty         On the ride back, all I could focus on was how impressed
easily avoid having to check into a sketchy hostel or hotel       I was with our ability to handle the situation. When it seemed
with advance planning. That is a comforting thought until         like everything was going wrong, we managed to get home,
all plans fall through and one winds up having to check into      making all negotiations in another language nonetheless.
said sketchy hotel or hostel. I learned this lesson the hard      Although the situation seemed hopeless at the time, we
way in the form of missing the last train back to Florence        were able to work things out and keep our heads throughout.
from Rome one night. Over spring break, my roommate               This situation alone boosted my sense of self-awareness
and I visited Dublin. The trip was incredible, and since all      and ability, and the rest of my stay in Italy followed in the
the flights for Dublin leave out of Rome, it was an excuse        same fashion. I feel that after the experiences I had abroad,
to be in Rome for an additional few days. When we flew            I am a 100 percent more capable person than I was prior. In
back into Rome from Dublin, our plan was to take the return       conclusion, go abroad. And to anyone who has any doubts
shuttle to the train station from the airport, and then hop       about their ability to make it…you will surprise yourself.
on the first train to Florence. This plan was great in theory,    Believe me.
with emphasis on the phrase “in theory.” Unbeknownst to
us, the trains to Florence from Rome stop at roughly 9:30.
Unfortunately, we arrived back at the train station at roughly
9:35 p.m.

    Upon realizing that we were stuck in Rome for the night,
I was more annoyed than freaked out. It seemed like more of
an inconvenience than a threat. However, after a few subway
rides, we soon realized that most hostels at this point, being
spring break and all, were either booked or extremely
expensive. This was when annoyance turned into worry.

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There’s No Place Like
                                Emily Fiore
                                      Fall 2009
                                  Salamanca, Spain

33   globetrotter spring 2011
   M        y plane ride home from Spain
            was easily one of the most surreal
experiences of my life. I was suspended, in
                                                 coming from? We wandered around trying
                                                 to decide what to buy, and suddenly we
                                                 were all very cranky, our respective blood
                                                                                               Spain and trying to figure out ways to go
                                                                                               back. Living and interacting with me on a
                                                                                               daily basis was likely horrific in those early
all senses of the word, between my two           pressures steadily rising. My friend looked   days following my return, and I have since
lives: one I had been given and one that I had   at me and said, “Is this what going home      apologized to all those affected.
made all by myself. Now leaving the latter       is going to feel like?” I do not precisely
and returning to the former, in a sense, I       remember how I responded, but it was              After three months of moping,
felt like I was being “dumped.” The people       likely something reassuring and vague. But    however, I came to appreciate how unique
around me happily chatted about their            I remember thinking that I knew that this     my time in Spain was and how much I had
plans for Christmas or their own semesters       was EXACTLY what home would feel like,        changed. Once I began to form a picture
abroad in Greece or Italy. Clearly, they         and I did not like it one bit.                of who I wanted to be, I was impressed
just did not “get it,”                                                                                                at how “fearless” I
and how could they?      “I returned with a head full of new ideas,                                                   had become through
They had not tasted
Paquita’s (my host       and the confidence to admit to myself                                                        my study abroad. I
                                                                                                                      left Marist unsure of
mother’s) bocadillos     and everyone else that in some ways, I                                                       myself, very worried
or made friends with                                                                                                  about how I was
the baker on Calle             was more confused than ever.”                                                          perceived, and with a
Zamora, or studied                                                                                                    false sense of identity.
at an 800 year old university, or become                                                       I had been putting up a “front” to make
accustomed to the most wonderful of                  I landed in Newark weary and haggard;     sure no one knew that I had no idea what I
cultural habits – the siesta. I felt blank,      it was snowing and my luggage was lost.       wanted from life. I returned, however, with
thinking of all my new friends spread out        Perfect. My lovely family was there to        a head full of new ideas, and the confidence
all over the country, and Paquita all alone      greet me with a sense of patience and         to admit to myself and everyone else that
in her apartment with no one to watch TV         understanding. They had seen my life in       in some ways, I was more confused than
with.                                            Salamanca and understood that I was not       ever. Some people come back from study
                                                 eager to leave it. We got into the car and    abroad with a clear direction and a sense of
    I had experienced a little taste of what     I fell asleep, emotionally and physically     purpose, and that is beautiful. I was not one
going back to the States might be like on a      exhausted, and I largely remained that        of those people, but I was, and am, ready to
weekend trip to Cordoba, a tourist city in       way for the next three months. For some       admit this, which is almost as liberating as
the south of Spain known for its enormous        time after my return, people would asked      being on my own for four months. While
mosque. Shortly after our arrival, we settled    me if I was happy to be home, and I would     I am still decently confused, I feel I have
into our hostel and went looking for the         answer, “Frankly, no.” I spent most of my     been set on the course of exploration. My
only grocery store in town, which happened       time communicating with my friends from       intention is to continue to explore (literally
to be situated in a “super shopping center”                                                    and figuratively), engage in further travels,
– a Spanish version of a mall. The five of                                                     and keep my Spain memories fresh as my
us stood for a minute, overwhelmed with                                                        journey as global citizen continues.
anxiety. Why is it so loud and bright? What                                                    There’s no place like home?
are all these people doing here? Where

                                                                                                                                                 Emily Fiore
is all of this heinous Christmas music

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                                Third Place, Nora Barry, South                                                           Fifth Place, Christina O’Sullivan, Holland,
        Photo Contest Winners

                                Africa, “Children”                                                                       “Tulip Field”
                                                                 Fourth Place, Samantha
                                                                 Tobia, Bolivia, “Market”

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                                                                               First Place, Cassandra Jesmonth, Italy,
Photo Contest

                                                                                                                                                                 Second Place, Brittany Thomas,
                                                                                                                                                                 Morocco, “Stairs”

Photo Contest
                          Honorable Mentions

                                                                 Nick Webster, “Mediterranean Sea”
                                                                Rayna Mengel, Italy,

Jacel Egan, Ireland, “Trees”
                               Colleen Bunce, France, “Bikes”

                                                                                                           Jonathan Porras, Japan, “Food”

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Other              Amazing Photos
                         From Abroad

                                        Nora Barry, South Africa, “Cape of Good Hope”

                                                                                       Nick Webster, France, “French
Samantha Tobia, Argentina, “Natural
Salt Deposits”
                                             Danielle Francese, Italy, “View of Lake

Jonathan Porras, Japan, “Mouth of the

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Jaimie Little, Italy, “Roma at Sunset”
                                              Carly Marshiano, Italy, “Graffiti at Piazza

Erin Fitzgerald, London, “Statue in London”

Andrew Clinkman, Egypt, “The Great Pyramid      Brittany Thomas, France, “Eiffel Tower”

and The Sphinx”

                                                   globetrotter 2011
                                    Erin Fitzgerald, London, “Graffiti”

Nora Barry, South Africa, “Zebra”

                                    Melissa Sonier, France, “Versailles”

Jacel Egan, Germany, “Berlin”

                                    Colleen Bunce, Italy, “Venice”

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Brittany Thomas, Spain, “A View of Seville
from El Catedral”
                                             Cassandra Jesmonth, “Monaco”

Mark McGoldrick, “Ireland”

                                             Samantha Tobia, Argentina, “Japanese
                                             Gardens in Palermo, Buenos Aires”

Nick Webster, Italy, “Florence”

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