Student Snapshots: EuroScholar Reflects On Netherlands Experience, AsiaLearn Video Blogger’s First Glimpses In Thailand, King’s College Circus Student Makes Local News, Canadian Degree Student Recognized By Bond Uni For Academics
EuroScholars Alumna Idu Azogu Shares Her EuroScholars Experience on YouTube
Idu Azogu, a Rutgers University psychology major with a 2010 expected graduation, was interviewed by her university’s Office of Research and Instructional Technology recently for a video on her EuroScholars experience, which involved a research project at Leiden University in the Netherlands near Amsterdam.
“What I learned from the Dutch people: They are really blunt,” she says in the video. “They will tell you like it is no matter what. So it was easy to interact with them because they are honest about what they think. It was easy to see how they interact with other people.”
Such honest feedback during her department lab meetings proved very useful, Azogu says, because it helped improve her research.
“That’s what I really liked about it,” she says, “was the positive feedback or constructive criticism.”
During her time in Europe, she also traveld outside the Netherlands to Brussels, Bruge, and Stockholm where she visited the Vasa Museum, which houses the famous Vasa ship, the world’s only intact 17th century warship.
The EuroScholars program ” was one of the biggest experiences of my life,” Azogu says. “It has changed a lot of the ways I view research, and the way I interact with people. I see it as a great networking tool, because I got to meet a lot of diverse international students, got to hang out with them, have dinner with them. Just the outlook in Europe is beautiful. I feel like I really grew up and matured while I was over there.”
AsiaLearn Video Blogger Emily Nagle Gives First Glimpses, Impressions of Bangkok
Scenes of feeding elephants, walking through racks of colorful garments in an outdoor market, motorcycles passing by.
“It’s actually been an amazing experience. The food is all diferent. The people I’ve been meeting are from all over the world, and every day has something completely new.”
Since Thailand is still a developing nation, my firends and family think I’m kind of in the middle of nowhere, or in the jungle or a village, but Bangkok is definetly a six-milion-person concrete jungle.”
Her goals while abroad are pretty simple, she says: To travel and experience as much as she can and also run in the Bangkok half marathon. She’s already training for it at a park near her flat.
“Having unique goals really connects you to the culture in ways that are different than being a tourist,” she says, “not that being a tourist is bad because I’ve done my share of touristy activities, and it’s a lot of fun, like going to the zoo, going to markets, clubs, temples. It’s just a different way of seeing Thailand.”
View Nagle’s entire video blog post here and check back here for more of her experiences in Thailand.
King’s College Junior Highlighted For Studying At National Institute of Circus Arts in Melbourne
Adriane Kinner, a junior theater and mass communications major at King’s College in Wilkes-Barre, Pa., was recently highlighted in a Star-Gazette article, “Horseheads resident does some serious clowning around in Australia,” for her studies through AustraLearn at the National Institute of Circus Arts in Melbourne, Australia.
“The AustraLearn program gives someone with little or no circus background a sense for all areas of art and gymnastics that the circus offers,” writes Jennifer Kingsley. “This includes juggling, rola bola, unicycle, clowing, silks (also known as tissues), the German wheel, the cloud swing, trapeze, human balancing and culture.”
Kinner, from Horseheads, N.Y., is the first student from King’s to participate in AustraLearn’s four-week A Taste of Circus program. To get a video glimpse of the program’s full-time students, visit here.
Canadian Degree Student From Alberta Earns Dean’s Scholarship At Bond University
Faverin graduated from the University of Calgary in Alberta with a 3.95 GPA and earned a master’s degree in corporate communications from Bond in August 2009.