Student Highlights: Group of student writers will keep Lehigh family informed about “international affairs” at Lehigh and beyond.
Allie Einsidler riding a camel in Israel.
The Office of International Affairs has hired six Lehigh students as interns to write monthly articles keeping students and staff updated about international events taking place on campus as well as global issues.
The interns include, myself, Allie Einsidler, ’12; Sarah Freeman, ’11; Dayna Geldwert, ’12; Katie Karabasz, ’11; Liz Piscitelli, ’12; and Gordon “Buddy” Stevenson, ’12—each with international experiences of our own.
Most recently, I traveled to Israel for two weeks this past summer. I also lived in Paris for a month and during that time, I traveled to England. Going to Israel was one of the best experiences of my life and living in Paris was the most independent I’ve ever been. I won’t be able to go abroad for a full semester this spring, but I look forward to traveling in the future.
Freeman enrolled in the Lehigh in Ireland program in the summer of 2009, where she spent six weeks in Gallaway, Ireland. That same year, she came home to Chicago for only two months, and then left to study in London for a year. “I applied to be a volunteer at the 2012 London Olympics, so I will most likely be going back there and I hope to have that be a starting point for a much longer trip to France and Italy,” she says.
Allie Einsidler (third from left) and her
“Lehigh in Paris” program in front of the
Eiffel Tower. Students on the program with
her included Alexandra Neumann, Will Jaquier,
Kelsey Sheridan, Stephen Kuschman, Sara
Wing and Shalini Amin.
Geldwert, who has traveled to Spain, Israel, France, England, Mexico, and Canda says: “I have been very fortunate to go to many countries across the globe.” In her sophomore year of high school, she lived in the South of France for six weeks in the city of Aix-en-Provence. “I made so many friends and perfected my conversational French,” says Geldwert, who will be studying in Rome for the spring semester. “I also desperately want to go to Morocco, Zambia, Malawi and Tanzania,” she adds.
Karabasz has family that lives in France and traveled to Paris for the first time at age 15. “It was a really great experience because I got to practice my French and I got to see a different culture,” she says. As a graduation present, Karabasz’s parents wanted her to see the Vatican and took her to Italy. During her travels, she visited Rome, Venice and Florence. “I got to see lots of museums and artwork, but what was really cool was that there was artwork everywhere, not just in the museums.”
Allie Einsidler (second from right) at
Versailles in France with her “Lehigh in
Piscitelli says: “I haven’t had much study abroad experience, but I’ve done a decent amount of traveling.” Her international travels have included time in Croatia, Italy, Turkey, and two Greek Islands, including Santorini. Unfortunately, Piscitelli won’t be able to go abroad for a semester because of her commitment to the Lehigh tennis team, but she plans to spend next summer abroad in Prague.
Last, but not least, Intern Stevenson, hasn’t had many international experiences yet, however, he plans on studying abroad at the University of Queensland in Australia for the spring semester. “I think studying abroad is going to be a great opportunity to travel and see parts of the world that are completely different than what I’m used to,” he says. Through this internship, Stevenson hopes to gain a better understanding of global issues.