LEARNING OUTSIDE THE CLASSROOM SWITZERLAND & FRANCE
English faculty member Ann Jordan took a group to Switzerland and France to explore the sites that American novelist F. Scott Fitzgerald and his wife, Zelda, visited as Zelda’s health declined.
The group flew to Geneva and then traveled to Lausanne to visit the Hotel de la Paix where Fitzgerald lived while his wife was hospitalized. They then took the train to Paris to visit the sites and see where Fitzgerald lived.
“My classmates and I barely knew each other before the trip, but the excitement of Europe quickly brought us together,” said Aubrey Hamrick.
The group encountered challenges due to a transit strike and had to walk or negotiate unexpected means of transportation.
A university commitment to global learning has led to more exciting and life-changing overseas trips — led by faculty and staff — for students.
The travel experiences showed the students new ways to view topics, cultures and traditions to broaden their horizons and to expand their world view.
Read more about the places students explored over the recent winter break.
“We bonded over our traumatic experiences on the buses and metros, we fell in love with the great museums and monuments of Paris, and we explored the eerie depths of the catacombs together. This trip transformed 20 strangers into 20 life-long friends.”
ENGLAND & FRANCE
Also visiting Europe were the junior and senior Close Scholars who spent time in London and Paris to visit museums, art galleries and memorable landmarks. The travel, called Global Close Scholars, was a new component to the prestigious Close Scholars community service-focused program.
Maya Whaley ’19 said the exploration signified a few changes in her life. “I was no longer going to be a stranger to overseas traveling and navigating land not a part of the U.S. I loved being immersed in the European culture of London and Paris,” she said.
Editor’s Note: The following trips that you will read about occurred before the COVID-19 pandemic became a worldwide health crisis.
“From tasting the food to meeting new people, the memories are unforgettable.”
“This trip signified a new turn in my life. I am grateful for this opportunity, and I cannot wait to see where life and hard work take me next!”
The Springs Close Foundation established the Close Scholars program 20 years ago to combine community volunteer service along with a Winthrop education. In 2019, the foundation decided to enhance the scholarship by adding a new component for scholarship recipients to travel internationally.
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