Why Study Abroad: Netherlands Edition

Here’s one more satisfied study abroad student explaining why she thinks everyone should study abroad.

For information about Shoreline’s study abroad programs and the scholarships that can help you pay for them, contact us at studyabroad@shoreline.edu or just drop by our office on the top floor of the PUB in room 9302!

Advice From Barcelona

Marquis Harris participated in the Washington State Community College Consortium for Study Abroad fall 2015 Barcelona program. Two Shoreline students spent their fall quarter in Barcelona as well, and they have just recently returned to the U.S.

Both of them, by the way, got thousands of dollars from the Gilman scholarship program. Do you want to get thousands of dollars to help you learn valuable life lessons overseas? Contact us at studyabroad@shoreline.edu to learn how!

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New Year’s Traditions Around the World

Fireworks shooting from and around the Space Needle

By Shannon Kringen from Seattle (seattle new years eve 2011 Uploaded by X-Weinzar) [CC BY-SA 2.0 ], via Wikimedia Commons

In Seattle, we welcome the new year with a bang. Actually, with a lot of bangs (and booms and oohs and aahs). Every year, the fireworks display at the Space Needle brightens the dark winter night and gives us Seattleites a brilliant finish to the old year and welcome to the new.

People around the world have many different traditions and rituals to bring good fortune in the new year. When I lived in China, I was always reminded to wear some new clothes on the first day of the new year (of course, that was the Chinese lunar calendar, not the Gregorian calendar). Because I often forgot about this, I usually bought something at the last minute, and it was usually socks.

To learn more about the many ways the new year is welcomed, have a look at this article from Discovery.com and this one from Business Insider. I particularly like the Columbian tradition on the Discovery list: Run around the block with some empty suitcases if you want your new year to be filled with travel! Come the stroke of midnight on January 1st, you might find me tearing down the streets with some Samsonite!

AW80D: Moscow, Russia

After a long hiatus from his world travels, during which he enjoyed the beautiful Seattle summer, Dolphie is visiting Moscow, the capital of Russia. For almost 1,000 years, this city on the banks of the Moskva River (from which its name is derived), has served, on and off, as a political and power center in the area we now call Russia.

Dosphie & St. Basil's Cathedral

Here, Dolphie is visiting The Cathedral of Vasily the Blessed, also known as St. Basil’s Cathedral. The cathedral was built in the mid-16th century in honor of the capture of Kazan and Astrakhan. (Doesn’t that sound just a bit like something from a Harry Potter book? Harry Potter and the Capture of Astrakhan! On a tangent here, many made-up words and names in English fantasy novels are based on other languages. For example, J.R.R. Tolkien drew inspiration for one of his Elven languages from Finnish. Perhaps J.K. Rowling looked to Slavic languages for some of her names.)

(Two things: 1 – AW80D stands for Around the World in 80 Dolphies, wherein we follow the international adventures of Dolphie, mascot of Shoreline Community College; 2 – Credit where credit’s due, so thanks Wikipedia, and if you’d like to see where I got my information, just click the links.)

Winner of the Generation Study Abroad Student Voices Video Challenge

Now an English teacher in Korea, Christine O’Dea says that “the world is made up of stories,” and that hers really began when she first studied abroad. As one of two winners of the Video Challenge, Christine got $1,000, an iPad, and a trip to Washington, D.C., where she addressed the first Generation Study Abroad Summit. See her winning entry below, but be warned: You might just inspire an incurable case of wanderlust.

Welcome New Students!

Today is the first day of Shoreline Community College’s New Student Orientation for Fall 2015!

We at Shoreline Study Abroad welcome you to our college and wish you the best of luck in your academic careers here! The best way to ensure a great Shoreline Community College experience is of course to study abroad. Just ask this guy:

Shoreline student having a good time on his Shoreline Study Abroad program in South Africa in September 2015

Shoreline student having a good time on his Shoreline Study Abroad program in South Africa in September 2015

If you’re interested in studying abroad, fill out our interest form and we’ll send you some information on any programs you’re interested in, as well as links to scholarships that can help make your dream of world travel a reality!