FYSAE Participants Appear in Local News

October 14, 2011

Kate Slenzak '15 and Samantha Maguire '15, two First Year Study Abroad Experience (FYSAE) participants, recently appeared in their hometown newspapers.

International Studies/Pre IPCR major, Slenzak, an  is spending her first college semester in Stirling, Scotland. She is resident of Wilkes-Barre, Pa., and a graduate of James M. Coughlin High School.

Slenzak is one of 12 freshmen who started her global pursuit by departing on Aug. 29 for Scotland where she is experiencing multicultural, contemporary and global Stirling as her campus.

“I chose to study in Scotland because I wanted an adventure for my first semester in college, and Scotland is such a beautiful place,” says Slenzak.  “My goals over the next four years are to prepare for my graduate career and to study abroad as much as possible in order to gain a more global perspective of the world.”

Read Slenzak's Story in The Times Leader (Wilkes-Barre, Pa.).

Maguire, an Education major, is a resident of Jefferson Township, N.J., and a graduate of Jefferson Township High School. She is spending her first college semester in London, England.

Maguire is one of 30 freshmen who started her global pursuit by departing on Aug. 29 for England where she is experiencing multicultural, contemporary and global London as her campus through Arcadia’s London Now program.

Students are housed with other American students studying abroad through Arcadia in one of two Arcadia-run facilities.

“This experience will most definitely make my time in the classroom more exciting when I become a teacher for I will have had firsthand knowledge on countries other than my own,” says Maguire. “I am right now sitting in one of the greatest cities in the world. I love everything about it here and find myself quite at home. My classes meet once a week, and I am currently studying Shakespeare, History of Britain, Creative Writing, and Sociology. One of my reading assignments is the Russian novel Anna Karenina. My professor says, ‘thirty years from now, over tea, you will be quoting this book.’”

Read Maguire's mention in AIM Jefferson (Morris, N.J.)

Arcadia's FYSAE program is now in its ninth year and provides a rigorous educational experience in an overseas setting that allows freshmen, irrespective of their intended major, to make normal academic progress toward an Arcadia bachelor’s degree while expanding their cultural awareness and independent learning ability.