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The Globe -------------- WCU International Studies Program Newsletter ------------------April 2019

2019 Dean's Scholar for International Studies
Congratulations to Skyler Lucas, the winner of this year’s Dean’s Scholar award for International Studies.

Skyler Lucas, a senior from Florida, was recently honored as the Dean’s Outstanding Scholar for the International Studies Program. She is also majoring in Spanish and in Japanese Studies. As if that weren’t enough to keep her busy, Skyler is also in the Pride of the Mountains Marching Band and has been instrumental in the formation of a new Spanish Club and reviving the International Studies Club this year. Her life has been spread over multiple countries, as she used to live in Okinawa, Japan, and she studied abroad in Valencia, Spain last summer. Aside from that stint in Spain, she’s also traveled extensively in Europe, as well. Skyler is also a gifted photography aficionado, which comes in handy with all that traveling.

Our Graduates, Catamount Pride

Jansen Haneline

Jansen Haneline - Jansen double majored in Anthropology and International Studies and minored in Political Science. While at Western, Jansen studied German and traveled abroad with Dr. Lehman on his faculty-led trip to Stuttgart. Jansen also spent a semester in Oulu, Finland. After graduating this May, he will be working with International Program and Services as an Assistant particularly focusing on Study Abroad programs. Next, Jansen plans to attend the University of Gothenburg pursuing his Masters degree in International Administration and Global Governance with a concentration in Social Anthropology.

Jansen Haneline - WCU Class of 2019

Luis Cruz-Mejia

Luis double majored in Management and International Studies. While at Western, Luis studied Spanish.

Luis Cruz-Mejia, WCU Class of 2019

Tyler Wright

Tyler double majored in Spanish and International Studies and minored in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages. While at Western, Tyler studied Spanish and studied abroad in Valparaíso, Chile. After graduating this May, he will be teaching English in Daegu, South Korea.

Tyler Wright, WCU Class of 2019

Elizabeth (Beth) Taylor

Beth double majored in Psychology and International Studies. While at Western, Beth studied French. After graduation Beth will be working in Hong Kong as a teacher at prestigious international school. Next year Beth is also planning to apply for a Fulbright Teaching Fellowship in Cote D'Ivoire.

Beth Taylor, WCU Class of 2019
IMPORTANT DATES

May 3: Last day of classes

May 11: Commencement for International Studies graduates, 10 AM in the Ramsey Center

If you have any news or announcements you’d like to submit for the next edition of the newsletter, please send that information to Dr. Bego (ibego@email.wcu.edu). Thanks!

STUDENT ACHIEVEMENTS
Scholarships

Congratulations to the following students for receiving the Global Catamount Study Abroad Scholarship ($500) to help fund their study abroad experiences this Spring and Summer semesters:

Brittney Collins - Brittney is studying at Weingarten University in Germany. For more information, see Brittney's blog at: https://thelifeofarandomblogger.wordpress.com/

Cristina Werthwine - Cristina is studying in Sevilla, Spain.

Sarah DeArmon - Sarah is studying in Niece, France.

Jacob Anderson - Jake will be traveling to Rome with Dr. Robert Clines this upcoming Summer.

Internships

Congratulations to Greyson Rowlands on receiving a Summer Internship with the Foreign Service Institute's School of Languages NEA division in Washington D.C.!

STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: Tyler Wright

Q&a WITH Tyler

1. Why did you choose to major in International Studies?

I chose to be an International Studies major after meeting with my freshman year advisor. I started as a Spanish and Psychology Major, and she told me about the International Studies major and how it might be more beneficial to me. I instantly agreed to add the major and drop psychology.

2. What is your second major and projected graduation date from WCU?

My second major is Spanish, and I’m graduating on May 11th, 2019.

3. Did you study abroad and what did you learn?

I did study abroad, and I did so in Valparaíso, Chile. Studied abroad was the best experience I’ve ever had, so narrowing down one thing is difficult, but other than my Spanish language acquisition, I learned that most people are great people and that the world isn’t one big scary place. I learned that most people have more in common with you than not.

4. What are your plans after graduation?

I’m teaching English in Daegu, South Korea for at least one year.

5. Name one International Studies class you’ve really enjoyed during your time at WCU. What stands out to you about that class?

Global issues was one of the most interesting classes I took, and I loved the map quizzes, as it immensely helped me with geography, something that I now think I’m fairly good at.

6. What’s one piece of advice you have for INST majors who are just starting the program?

Go into the major without many expectations, and be willing to learn about new topics, be willing to be uncomfortable, talk about subjects that you might not like talking about, and put forth the effort to culturally engage yourself.

q&A with beth

1. Why did you choose to major in International Studies?

I wanted to major in International Studies because it gave me an opportunity to study many different things like development, the environment, and human rights under different scopes and it didn't force me to decide on specific subjects.

2. What is your second major and projected graduation date from WCU?

My second major is psychology and I am graduating this spring, in a couple of weeks.

3. Did you study abroad and what did you learn?

I did not study abroad while at Western.

4. What are your plans after graduation?

I am moving to Hong Kong. I have a job lined up at a Pre-school Kindergarten where I will be teaching.

5. Name one International Studies class you’ve really enjoyed during your time at WCU. What stands out to you about that class?

The two classes that I really enjoyed was my Model UN class and International Political Economy. Model UN was a fun and educational experience that helped me with public speaking and research skills. My International Political Economy class informed me a lot about how economics and politics are intertwined and really gave me a deep understanding and ability to speak on the subjects throughout the rest of my college career.

6. What’s one piece of advice you have for INST majors who are just starting the program?

To commit to their second language, it really does increase employment prospects and helps you gain a deeper understanding of different cultures. I would also recommend taking all sorts of classes, this major is a lot more free than other majors and you should take it as an opportunity to learn about things you know nothing about.

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