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Summer Study Abroad

Two recent Haverford grads and two rising juniors will travel to Exeter, England, this summer thanks to scholarships awarded by the University of Exeter. LinKai Jiang and Kendra Norrell (both ’11), and Maria Etienne and Emily Starace (both ’13), will attend the University’s International Summer School with the help of the scholarships, which allow students to enroll in a three-week program in one of five topics: climate change; life and environmental sciences; international management; law; and Shakespeare and his world.

LinKai Jiang, who studied in Vienna, Austria, as a junior plans to take the international management course while abroad this summer. Jiang says he chose Exeter, which is just two hours south of London by train, because he wanted to travel to a new place and study international economics. He received a bachelor’s degree in Philosophy during Haverford’s May commencement ceremony with a Senior Thesis titled Civic Participation, Ideal Education and Well-being. Upon returning from Exeter in August, Jiang plans to apply to graduate schools and pursue a career in education.

Kendra Norrell, who says she was not ready to study abroad during her junior year, hopes to take advantage of the summer study experience to “see how people deal with global change from an international perspective.” Norrell received a bachelor’s degree in Biology with a concentration in Environmental Studies and wrote her Senior Thesis on the damaging effects of vehicle exhaust. In Exeter, she will be enrolling in the “Life and Environmental Sciences: Living with Global Change” program, and eventually hopes to pursue a career in the environmental field.

Emily Starace, a double major in German and linguistics, who also plans to study abroad during the 2012 spring semester in Berlin, Germany, will be taking a course on “Shakespeare and his World.” She says she is excited about the opportunity to experience a new place and challenge herself academically this summer. Starace is also very interested in comparative literature and hopes to use the Exeter course to cross disciplines and apply what she learns to her major. “Shakespeare’s works greatly influenced German culture and literature, as well as the English language,” says Starace, “So I’m hoping to better understand the global effects of Shakespeare and to then incorporate this knowledge into future classes.”

Maria Etienne, a history major from central Texas, and a rising junior, will also be traveling to Exeter.

--Jacob Lowy ‘14

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