The results of the first Bloomsburg University Study Abroad Photo Contest are in. We had some great submissions and here are our winners. From Rome to Australia, our students sent in images from their travels. Read more about their adventures with each of the winning photos.
First Place: “Trevi Fountain”
Coin Tossing Champions: When in Rome, the group of Honors students tossed coins into the breathtaking Trevi Fountain hoping that their wish of returning to Italy would someday come true.
“In today’s international society, it is important to possess the skills to understand various cultures. Studying abroad in Europe encouraged me to be adventurous and independent. It was an opportunity to form new and rewarding relationships with students from other universities as well as people from around the world.”
~Meredith Salmon, senior, Honors Program, Secondary Education in Biology.
Second Place: “Feeding a Wallaby”
This picture is of myself feeding a wallaby at the Rainforest Habitat in Port Douglas, Queensland, Australia. This was part of the 5 day trip my group took en route to the Great Barrier Reef in Brisbane.
“My study abroad to Fiji and Australia was truly an unforgettable and unexplainable experience. I stepped outside of my comfort zone to engulf myself with new cultural surroundings and made friends and memories that I am positive will last a lifetime.”
~Cari Berkowitz, senior, Communication Studies, Organizational Communications
Second Place: “Family”
This picture is really important to me and my experience in Ireland. I went into the experience meeting seven strangers that I would be spending two months of my life with. After the 8 weeks, those same seven strangers became my family.
“My experience in Ireland is one I will never forget. I am so lucky to have been able to fulfill one of my lifelong dreams of traveling to a different country to work and live. I learned so much during my time there, and I experienced and saw things that some people may never see. I created memories that I will surely carry with me forever. I had the time of my life, all while paving the road for the next part of my journey, the journey after graduation. I will use my internship experience to help guide me in the right direction as I work towards my professional future.”
~Kendall Ferraro, senior, Mass Communications
Second Place: “Spanish Houses”
This is in front of family housing in Rota, Spain. I was able to travel here before starting my studies in Jena. It was amazing to the local Spaniards that I was so in awe with their own house. It wasn’t anything special to them but the houses were beautiful.
Without my study abroad experience through Bloomsburg University, I would have never gotten to travel the world while enriching my education which will set me apart from other applicants in the post-graduation job search.
~Lynsey Goble, senior, Management and German
Second Place: “Quadalquivir River”
This is a photo I took one day on a river tour of the Guadalquivir River in Sevilla that runs through the center of the city. The bridge in the picture is Puente de Triana and the building is el Museo del castillo de San Jorge which is the remains of the first headquarters of the Spanish inquisition during the 15th Century.
“In life, sometimes you need to break out of your comfort zone in order to fully be able to appreciate your surroundings. I realized during my time abroad, I am stronger and much more independent person than I gave myself credit for. In Spain, I lived every moment to the fullest, and I am a stronger person because of it.”
~Michelle Peralta, senior, Spanish Secondary Education
Palazzo del Campo
This picture was taken at Palazzo del Campo in Siena, Italia. It was in this main public square where I came across this couple that attracted my attention. In the US I feel as though I never get the chance to just sit back and observe the scenery around me but when I was in Italy, I was more drawn to the people and the actions around me. […] After taking this picture and later looking at my camera, I found that there was an arrow pointing to this couple; it was the perfect way to acknowledge the importance of this couple.
“There are not enough words to describe the experience I had studying abroad and there are not enough ways I can express how thankful I was being allowed to embark on such an amazing journey. […] I never felt so alive in my life. I have taken more out of this experience than ever imaginable: enjoying life to its fullest and appreciating what our world has to offer. If there is one thing I can express most, it is that there are so many opportunities out there, ready to taken; it is just a matter of not being afraid and having the power to overcome those obstacles along the way.”
~Donielle Tubioli, senior, Early Childhood Education