Studies abroad brought home

Photo courtesy of Cynthia Sularz

Seton Hall students are known for holding various internships in NYC, their helping hands at Service on Saturday in the local nursing home, and definitely for their love of the basketball team when they storm the Prudential Center every home game. However, SHU students have also been making their mark outside of the state and even out of the country.

This past fall semester SHU students traveled all around the world and are now ready to bring back what they’ve learned and apply it to the Seton Hall community.

Junior Megan Ferguson spent this last semester in Taiwan.

“I felt as if I learned not only on an academic, linguistic level, but also on a personal, human level,” Ferguson said.

She said she has always wanted to study abroad and SHU helped make her dream possible.

The Office of International Programs at Seton Hall encourages students to study abroad through many programs, whether it be a faculty led tour, an exchange agreement, or as Ferguson took advantage of, a third-party provider.

“I prepared to study abroad through a program outside of SHU and so most of my preparation was done individually. When I did need help, the Office of International Programs was fantastic,” Ferguson said.

Through living in Taiwan for a whole semester, she was able to partake in activities that she could have never dreamed of being involved in.

Ferguson was able to learn in the classroom, but one of her most rewarding experiences involved partaking in a volunteer group reading to elementary school children to help them learn English.

Junior Cynthia Sularz spent the last four months studying language and culture in Freiburg, Germany.

“It was difficult at times but also extremely eye opening. I truly cherish each experience,” Sularz said.

While abroad, Sularz even had the opportunity to sit in on the European Parliament.

“It was amazing to hear the European leaders comment on the economics,” she said.

Both Sularz and Ferguson are excited to bring back what they have learned with them abroad and apply it to the SHU community. No matter where the students spend their time abroad, the attitude they bring back with them is infectious and they are excited to use it to help enrich the Seton Hall community.

Siobhan McGirl can be reached at siobhan.mcgirl@student.shu.edu

Author: Staff Writer

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