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Joseph Squillace, Brooklynn Allen, Megan Evans, Ashley Wittekiend, Peyton Spitzner, Ravin Kibbons, Ali Morton, Luis Carbajal, Ezechukwu Nwagbaraji and Cody Zulkowski.
This fall, Dr. Joseph Squillace, director of the social work program and associate professor of social work, will accompany nine MacMurray College students to Canterbury, England, for the semester. This study abroad opportunity is a new cooperative program between MacMurray College and Canterbury Christ Church University. “We know the profound impact that experiential learning has upon students long after they graduate,” Squillace said. “Having a global perspective is more important than ever and we are excited to be able to give these students the opportunity to study abroad for a full semester.”
While in Canterbury, students will live on campus with other students from across the world and take classes at Canterbury Christ Church University. They will also have the opportunity to explore much of England and the surrounding areas. “The students will go on a number of University trips,” Squillace said. “They will visit Jewish London, prehistoric Stonehenge, Dover Castle and take a ferry ride over to Belgium, just to name a few. They will also have access to exceptional instructors and facilities while at our partner institution.”
Senior social work major Megan Evans, of Arenzville, is looking forward to meeting new people from different cultures. “I’m curious to see how their culture differs from American culture,” Evans said, adding, “and get an idea of how they grew up and what they have experienced in their lives.” Of course, she feels a little anxious, as well. “I have been away from my family for a week or two at a time, but never for this long,” Evans said. “So, I’m a little nervous about being away from them for three months. But I know I’ll feel better once I get settled in and see how everything is going to work.”
The nine senior students studying abroad are: Brooklynn Allen of Decatur, Luis Carbajal of Chicago Heights, Megan Evans of Arenzville, Ravin Kibbons of Bourbonnais, Ali Morton of Chambersburg, Ezechukwu Nwagbaraji of Springfield, Peyton Spitzner of Clay City, Ashley Wittekiend of Peoria, and Cody Zulkowski of Decatur.
Follow along with the students’ experiences studying abroad in Canterbury this fall by visiting the MacMurray College blog, Highland Happenings, at www.mac.edu/blog. Also, for more information, visit www.mac.edu/studyabroad. Squillace can be contacted at 217-479-7108 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.