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My Adventure to Washington, D.C. by Caitlyn Affleck*

It was early morning on Saturday when fifty or so international students from across the world emerged from Phillips-Hawkins Residence Hall and boarded onto a bus. We were embarking on the second trip arranged for the fall break by the International Programs Centre (IPC). This particular trip’s destination was Washington D.C.

After a seven or so hour bus ride we arrived in Virginia and checked into the Holiday Inn. Room assignments were arranged in groups and this allowed us to really get to know people who we may have not have had the opportunity to.

That evening we all walked to Georgetown and ate at various trendy pubs and restaurants, strolled around the area and of course did the all essential shopping. Many were excited to see brands that we recognised from home such as H&M and Zara.

Caitlyn with fellow students at the Library of Congress

Caitlyn at the White House

After all meeting back at the hotel later that night we were ready to see what the night life had to offer. Once again we followed our friendly I-Fellows down town. Although, after much walking it was decided that if you are under 21, Georgetown isn’t really the place to go! Nonetheless, we got our exercise that evening as we took in the old style streets and buildings. And the night ended sweetly when we stumbled across a delicious Haagen-Dazs ice cream store. It’s amazing that somehow it tastes even better at 2 in the morning!

After a nice sleep in, everyone was checked out of the hotel by 11 and on their way to explore what the city had to offer. Those who I was with caught the metro (something I had never heard of, let alone been on) to D.C. During the day we walked around the Mall with our cameras on standby and saw the White House, Washington Monument, Reflecting Pool, Jefferson memorial, Lincoln Memorial.... The list goes on. It was so interesting to see and be in the place where many influential moments have taken place.

By the end of the day everyone was exhausted. There were just so many things to do and see and so little time to do it! So here is my advice for future travellers: take very comfortable shoes as you will be doing a lot of walking!

After eating dinner in China Town we saw the Capital Building by night! This was very picturesque as the lights reflected off the pool. That evening we changed accommodation and stayed in a hostel close to the Mall. This was the first time I had ever had this experience and was happy to be sharing it with new friends.

On Monday, we spent a few hours in the International Spy Museum which was very informative and interactive. This was skipped by many students as it is a little pricy, but overall those who went believed it was worthwhile. We spent the rest of the day wandering around the Mall and had a picnic in the park and fed the squirrels. (This may seem like an unexciting fact, but coming from a country where these little animals don’t exist, I find them very adorable!) That afternoon we checked out the Library of Congress, the Natural History Museum and the Court House.

Even though we only had a little free time during the morning on Tuesday, we were fortunate to be staying next to where sets from Transformers 2 were being stored, so we checked out the trucks and took many photos (which made many friends at home pang with jealousy). After this, we all boarded the bus for our journey home. Overall, I had a really enjoyable time and would definitely recommend the trip to future exchange students!

The next trip for international students is to New York City during Thanksgiving break. See next's month eNewsworthy for a student perspective on the Big Apple!

*Caitlyn is an exchange student from the University of Southern Queensland (USQ), Australia, and is here for the fall semester.

UNCG students in nearly every major can study abroad at USQ. Set up a meeting with a study abroad advisor for more information!

Study Abroad Nominations

The International Programs Center would like to congratulate all the students who were selected to participate on an exchange program for the spring semester—Congratulations! After completing their applications, submitting all required documents to the Study Abroad & Exchange office, and undergoing a group interview with staff and faculty members, these students have truly earned their spot on the nominations list. These students also participated in an all-day Outgoing Orientation program either on Saturday, October 23 if they are going on a UNCG program or on Saturday, November 6 for UNC Exchange Programs.

 

Tom Martinek, Jr. and Denise Bellamy welcome students to the UNCG study abroad orientation

Students at UNCEP orientation mingle and get to know each other

UNCG students going to Japan group together for a Q&A with Japanese students

AUSTRALIA
Edith Cowan: Rachel Mauney (Dance);
EP Sydney: Glenn Woerndle (Special Programs in Liberal Studies;
RMIT: Allison Wilson (Interior Architecture);

BOTSWANA
University of Botswana: Rebecca Bennett (Art), Nicole Griffin (Sociology);

CHINA
Beijing Normal University: Cameron Green (Political Science);
Chinese University of Hong Kong: Chara Garmon (International Business), Desiree Newbie (Pre-Marketing), John Parker (English);

ESTONIA
University of Tartu: Brendan Daniel (Political Science), Sarah Gray (Psychology), Morgan Mendis (Pre-International Business);

DENMARK
University of Southern Denmark: Carolyn Handy (Sociology);

FINLAND
EP Jyvaskyla: Daniel Gobel (Communication Studies);
University of Oulu: Conrad Brooks (Biology), Jessie Hill (Human Development & Family Studies), Kristina Ragan (Pre-Elementary Education), Samantha Ruppe (Professions in Deafness);

FRANCE
Angers: Kelley Carter (Special Programs in Liberal Studies), Brian Hunt (Philosophy), Darlin Reyes (English);
EBS- Paris: Fatima Diop (Pre-Finance);
Lyon 3: Taylor Burton (Consumer, Apparel & Retail Studies), Jessica Daniel (Pre-International Business), Pablo Diaz (Physics), Christina Maul (Consumer, Apparel & Retail Studies), Megan Shepard (Art);
Rennes 2: Emily Lovitch (Spanish);

GERMANY
EP Mannheim: Rebekah Bray (Performance), Linda Cox (Nutrition), Abby Marks (International Business), Laura Pate (Pre-International Business), Diana Phelps (Pre-Economics), Anna Riley (Pre-Elementary Education), Christopher Smith (Political Science), Alisa Spencer (Pre-Accounting), Christina Thompson (Master of Arts in Liberal Studies), Samantha Way (Art);
EP Stuttgart: Emily Sykes (German);

ITALY
LIUC- Carlo Cattaneo: Caroline Cardenas (Pre-Business Administration), Rocio Galvan (Pre-Entrepreneurship), Denver Morrison (Pre-Business Administration), Taylor Wilson (Pre-Business Administration), Timothy Wilson (Pre-Business Administration);

JAPAN
Kyoto Sangyo University: Jayme Mallindine (Religious Studies);
Nara Women’s University: Corrinne Rogers (Exercise & Sport Science);
Ritsumeikan University: Brandon Staley (Special Programs in Liberal Studies);
Seinan Gakuin University: Ashley Huggins (Information Systems & Operations Management), Emily Mullis (Physics);

SOUTH KOREA
Yonsei University: Veronica Ibe (Biochemistry), Jessica Stacy (Political Science);

MEXICO
EP ITESM Queretaro: Holt Bowling (Special Programs in Liberal Studies), Jennifer Bronson (Marketing), Jarmiria Durant (Human Development & Family Studies), Tonisha Lashley (Religious Studies), Laura Sizemore (Spanish);

NETHERLANDS
HAN University of Applied Sciences, Arnhem: Peter Gratale (Pre-Entrepreneurship);

NEW ZEALAND
Massey University: Kelsey Rhode (Interior Architecture);

PERU
USIL: Leah Holmes (English), Anna Stewart (undecided), Solomon Valentine (Marketing);

POLAND
University of Wroclaw: Courtney Gardner (Political Science), William Zang (History);

RUSSIAN FEDERATION
Kazan State University: Brian Hayden (Special Programs in Liberal Studies);

SOUTH AFRICA
University of Cape Town: Winford Barr (Business Administration);

SPAIN
Universidad de Extremadura, Caceres: Ashley Hobson (Spanish), Holden Weaver (International Business);
UCLM Cuenca: Victoria Basile (Spanish), Christian Durango (Art), Alexander McKenzie (Art);
Universidad de Granada: Latesha Jackson (Pre-International Business), Shaunesha Lindsey (Business Administration), Ashley Pullara (International Business), Nia Sisomphone (French), Lauren Thomas (Pre-International Business);
UCLM Toledo: Camilo Gracia (Biology), John Isenhour (International Business), Frank Nichols (Pre-International Business), Greta White (Business Administration), Kerstine Wilson (Pre-Social Work);

SWEDEN
EP Lund: Jacob Nord (Sociology);
Linnaeus (Vaxjo) University: Kendra Hammond (Communication Studies), Ashlea Watkins (Biochemistry);

TAIWAN
National Taiwan University: Shelly Silver (Pre-International Business);

TURKEY
Yeditepe University: Ivan Gilbert (Art);

UNITED KINGDOM
Keele University: Katharine McClintock (English);
Manchester Metropolitan University: Hugh Bryant (Drama), Caitlin Davis (Communication Studies), William Paschal (Media Studies), Kara Petrisko (Media Studies), Amanda Salter (Art);
University of Plymouth: Kiana White (English);
University of Strathclyde: Rebecca Cadden (Communication Studies), Daniella DeGeorge (Psychology), Quinn Fryzel (Pre-Speech Pathology & Audiology), Jenny Hearne (Pre-Business Administration), Emily Hurst (Finance), Mary Hutchens (Business Administration), Wesley Shamlian (Interior Architecture), Meredith Underwood (History), Christy Wallace (Interior Architecture);
Trinity College: Kathleen House (Art);
University of Ulster: Haley Anderson (Nutrition), Joy Council (Psychology), Melia Danals (Interior Architecture), Sydney Gaskins (Interior Architecture), Amy Kemp (Media Studies), Abbi Kraft (Pre-Elementary Education), Sarah Quirk (Exercise & Sport Science), Rachel Sheldon (Nutrition);

URUGUAY
EP Universidad Catolica del Uruguay: Kelsey Griffith (Nutrition).

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Volume 10, Edition 2, October 2010

Volume 10, Edition 1, September 2010

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