CAMPUS LIFE Meredith Offers Variety in Summer Study Abroad Shea Pierson, staff writer The past decade has seen the number of study abroad participants skyrocket. Why? Studying abroad is a^reat way to experience new cultures and languages, see different parts of the world and get academic credit for it. Meredith College showcased a collection of international op portunities at the Study Abroad Fair on Nov. 14 and 15, but in case you missed it, here is what you need to know. dently for four days, spend five days at rainforest research facility La Selva Biological Station, visit the Chiquita A view of Sansepolcro- Image via meredlth.edu/abroad Meredith is offering six programs in five different countries: Costa Rica, Be lize, France, Italy and the United King dom. Each program has a different academic focus, so consider academics as well as location. Here is a list of the program dates, academic foci, costs, directors and basic information. Costa Rica - Language & Culture June 2-29 Focus: Spanish Base cost: $3,600 Estimated total cost: $4,950 Program Director: Callie DeBellis 760- 8195 Details: Learn Spanish, visit a coffee plantation and a volcano; opportunity to travel independently (to a beach, waterfall or rainforest) Costa Rica - Tropical Ecosystems May 14 - June 2 Biology Base: $3,100 /Estimated Total: $4,500 Francie Cuffney 760-2879 Start in San Jose, travel indepen banana plantations, end at the Monte Verde Cloud Forest Belize June 8-30 (tentative) Teaching and young adult literature Base cost: $2,950 No total cost estimate, as this is a new study abroad program. Dr. Kelly Roberts Spend mornings at an English-speak ing K-8 school tutoring with the Mer edith Reads program, attend afternoon classes on young adult literature and cultural perspectives. Weekly guided tours of Mayan ruins. France June 14 - July 15 Fashion Merchandising and Design $8,250 $11,120 Sponsored by Dr. Diane Ellis and Dr. Eunyoung Yang Seminars with fashion experts, work shops with stylists, private museum tours, stay a while in Italy, trips to Versailles, Belgium, and Giverny Italy May 16 - June 21 (tentative) History, Math, Interdisciplinaiy Stud ies Base: $5,300 / Estimated total: $7,425 Dr. Greg Vitarbo Stay in Sansepolcro, Italy, take group trips to see great art and architecture, travel independently for two three-day breaks, spend a week in Rome area for independent travel United Kingdom June 24 - July 27 (tentative) Interdisciplinaiy Studies, Business, English Base:$5,950 / Estimated total: $10,550 Catherine Rogers Attend morning and early afternoon classes in London, spend evenings as you like, travel independently over two long weekends (you can easily travel to other Northern or Western European countries in this time) Seniors, though Meredith’s options will not be available to you post-grad uation, you too can work, volunteer, or intern abroad through outside pro grams. See the “Programs Offered” tab on Meredith’s study abroad website. At 22 pages, the application packet is pretty hefty, and don’t forget that you need teacher recommendations and a passport. Applications for the programs are due on Feb. 1 (except for the France program, due Jan. 19) and travel award applications are due Feb. 15, so start exploring your opportuni ties now! Scholarships and financial assistance are available. The deadline for summer 2013 travel awards is Feb. 15. Contact the Office of International Affairs for more information. Office of International Affairs ■ 124 Joyner 760-2307 Meredith.edu/abroad A view of the United Kingdom - Image via meredlth.edu/abroad MEET. Meetis a new seines where Herald reporters interview and introduce Meredith College stqff members. With this column we hope to highlight stcfff contribu tions to campus and share their concerns. In our third interview of the series, stqff writer Alexus Stout introduces Deb Laube. Many of you may know Debra Laube from being a part of the Art department or Honors program. She is the Administrative Assistant for the Art Department and Honors Program here at Meredith College. She was bom in Onedia, N.Y.—a small city in . central New York. Laube moved to North Carolina in 1981 and has lived in Raleigh since 1992. The most impor tant thing in her life is her family, and the most important thing to her at Meredith is the people within her sur roundings. When Laube’s daughters were young, she worked with the Wake County Public Schools. Later, she started working at Meredith in the year 2001, in the Office of the Register. She says, “Meredith is a great place to work because of the students and my co-workers.” Before working at Meredith College she had only four jobs and all were small places. She feels that'Meredith was a good fit for her because of the small atmosphere, which she was used to from previous job experience. She notices that not only do the faculty and staff do their jobs, they are also devoted to the stu dents’ achievements and the growth of the institution as a whole. When Laube first started college she wanted to be a medical lab technician; however, she ended up changing her major to Horticulture and Floral De sign. Laube graduated from a two year college in New York in the late 70s, named SUNY. After graduating from SUNY, all she wanted to do was work. Later on in her life she decided to go back to college to seek another degree. She chose to complete another degree at Meredith College. She is a junior herq at Meredith and is still unde clared, but she has put a lot of thought into different degrees, such as English, History, Art and Family Consumer Science. She is a hard working woman that works full time while balancing her course\york. Even though she said she is only taking one course each semes ter, it can be a little overwhelming. -l She completes her course working during lunchtime, after work and on the weekends. Although things can be a little hectic, she enjoys learning new things.

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