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Sojourners bring the world home to Superior

Posted on Oct 31, 2012
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Sojourners bring the world home to Superior

If you have studied away or yearn to do so someday, Sojourners, a new student organization on campus, was founded especially for you. 

Sojourners' goal is to raise awareness of the benefits of studying away. 

Meetings are held at noon every other Thursday; upcoming meetings are scheduled for Nov. 1 in YU 201; Nov. 15, YU 202; Nov. 29 in YU 202; and Dec. 13 in YU 202.

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Returnee Hannah Ness, who spent last spring semester in the Wisconsin in Scotland program, notes that "studying away gave me a passion for learning about other cultures. Being a member of Sojourners helps me continue that learning. I have the chance to hear about others' study abroad experiences, as well as learn new things through movies, trips and activities." 

Proposed future activities include volunteering at Cultural Night, foreign films or movies with a cultural theme, a trip to the Festival of Nations next spring and much more.

People interested in studying away are also reminded that a letter to Santa could include asking for the funds to apply for a passport.

Julie Gard, MFA, assistant professor of writing in the Department of Writing and Library Science, serves as advisor to the organization and has personally experienced the value of study away.

As an undergraduate, she studied in Krasnodar, Russia, for a semester through an ACM (Associated Colleges of the Midwest) program, and a few years later returned for the summer to live in Petrozavodsk, where she taught English in an orphanage through Project Harmony. After completing her MFA, she received a Fulbright Graduate Fellowship that funded a year of research and writing in Vladivostok. A highlight of her Russian travels was a wintry, 5,000-mile Trans-Siberian train trip from Moscow to Vladivostok.


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