September 30,1992 page four
Study abroad students share experiences from their travels
by Mallory Hearne
Meredith students who studied abroad in
order to improve their language skills during the
fall, spring, and summer semesters met Thurs
day, Sept. 10 at a dessert social sponsored by the
Foreign Language Department. Eleven students
shared their experiences of studying abroad.
The evening was designed for faculty to
learn more about all study abroad programs,
those set up by Meredith College and those
organized through other universities and orga
nizations but sponsored by Meredith. The fac
ulty felt it essential to know both the advantages
and disadvantages of the programs in order to
better advise their students in the future.
These programs were by no means stan
dard study abroad programs. While some stu
dents still participated in the traditional study
abroad programs in Europe, several students of
Spanish went to Central and South America.
Overall, the eleven students participated in pro
grams in France, Spain, Mexico, Costa Rica,
Guatemala and Chile.
In addition to sharing their experiences,
all of the students made suggestions for future
students and programs.
Christa Bucks, junior, started the
evening by describing how the students in
her program. Mobility International USA,
had helped each other overcome their dis
abilities so they could visit and travel in
Mexico. Bucks showed a picture of a home
made elevator in one of the homes where
she stayed. This elevator was used to lift
her up to the second floor.
Lisa Tilley, senior, also visited
Mexico this summer with the “Spearhead”
program, an interdenominational mission
organization. She said she was often late
for class or did not make it at all, for to
Mexicans, the most important thing is
spending time with family and friends, not
being on time to class.
Michele Brothers, senior, was one of
five Meredith students who spent the fall
semester in Angers, France. Brothers gave
a few suggestions for making the transition
for new students easier.
Tia Hartley, junior, Nicole
Rivenbark, junior, and Mallory Hearne,
senior, studied in Paris for five weeks
this summer and then traveled through
out Europe for a week. All three said
they loved Paris but wished the program were
better organized and less expensive.
Briles Johnson, senior, was the first student to
participate in the Meredith program in Madrid, Spain.
Johnson was there for both the spring semester and
the summer session. She described the wonderful
feeling of realizing that she no longer had to think in
Judy Schuster got the award for finding the
most economical study abroad program. She studied
and did volunteer work in Guatemala for four weeks.
Seniors Amy Ammons and Angela Denton
studied in Costa Rica, Ammons in a summer pro
gram through the University of North Carolina at
Wilmington and Denton in a spring semester pro
gram through the University of New York.
Sandra Campos, a native of Chile, studied there
during the spring semester with a program from the
University of New York, staying with relatives she
had never met.
All eleven students agreed that their study
abroad programs not only helped them improve their
language skills but also helped them grow as people.
They all urge other students to consider studying
Students interested in studying abroad to im
prove foreign language skills should contact Dr.
Burgunde Winz (x8420).
Students attend Baptist Fall Baptist Student Convention
by Amy Shepard
After attending a stimulating and chal
lenging convention last weekend. North
Carolina’s Baptist students are “Going Places.”
pver 600 students, including about 25 Meredith
students, attended this year’s Fall Baptist Stu
dent Convention, which was held at Ridgecrest
Conference Center near Black Mountain.
The speakers for the weekend were ter
rific. They led us as we explored the theme,
“Going Places.” In worship, we had the privi
lege of hearing Jon Cawley, a pastor from Mt.
Airy, N.C. At each worship service, Jon gave us
a fresh look at characters from the Bible who
had struggled in the effort of making their lives
go places. We also experienced the unusual
ministry of Paul and Nicole Johnson, who make
up a dynamic drama team. Using drama, they
bring the Bible and its teachings to life for their
We also had smaller group meetings. For
some of these meetings, we were divided into
small groups called “Ports of Call.” In these
groups, we were challenged to discuss the des
tinations that we have chosen for our lives and
how we plan to arrive at those destinations.
We found friends with whom we could
share our goals in life, our present location,
and our frustrations about getting from
where we are to where we want to be.
Through sharing, we were able to learn
from the experiences of others in our groups.
The other small groups we had were
in the form of seminars. We could chose
two seminars from a list which included
such interesting topics as abortion, AIDS,
evangelism, God and politics, God and the
big screen, homosexuality and the church,
peer counseling, and dealing with conflict.
Besides different types of meetings,
we also had some events that were mostly
entertainment. We saw the twelve-mem
ber music/evangelism team WITNESS in
the final concert of their summer season.
Saturday night’s variety show was a per
fect mixture of the hilarious with the seri
ous; one minute we were laughing, and the
next minute we were crying.
Of course, whether we were singing
in a worship service or eating cheesecake
at Denny’s, we made sure that we had lots
of fun. The convention helped us include
that fun by providing recreational events. Saturday
afternoon, we had the options of attending a square
dance, watching the East vs. the West volleyball
game, taking a hike up a mountain, or just sitting
around chatting with some friends or catching up on
the sleep we had lost the night before because we had
been chatting with our friends. If none of those
options appealed to us, we couldjoin the one hundred
people that were upstairs watching the State-Caro-
Through all of the meetings, discussions, and
fun, we were challenged to “raise our sails” and let
God be the wind to fill us and guide us on whatever
journeys He has in store for us.
the Clef Hangers
in the courtyard
4:30 - 6:15 p.m.
BRING A FRIEND!