By Linda Coutant
The 10 newest Chancellor’s Scholarship recipients at Appalachian State University are studying abroad in Dublin, Ireland Oct. 11-16, 2016.
The goal is to offer students “an international experience that will hopefully help them to start planning future study abroad experiences early in their academic career, and also to start thinking about the global connections of possible majors and career paths,” said Dr. Angela Mead, director of student services in The Honors College.
Mead is leading the program along with Dr. Mary Valante of the Department of History. Together they teach a one-credit hour honors course in fall semester related to the Dublin experience.
In the course, students have selected a general topic about Irish history or culture to explore. Each has made a short presentation on this topic to their peers and with plans to explore it more deeply in Ireland.
“Students have chosen topics ranging from myths and legends to music and literature to language and history,” Mead said.
Upon returning to campus, students will create an individual poster presentation based on what they learn and write an essay reflecting on the experience and how it relates to their academic interests at Appalachian.
Ireland’s capital city was selected because of its history and culture, ease of transportation, and thriving business, arts, sports and other modern opportunities, the professors said.
During the week, the students are visiting the National Museum of Ireland, Book of Kells, Newgrange world heritage site, Dublin and Christchurch cathedrals, the coastal village of Howth and more.