Centenary University Study Abroad Experiences

The 2017-2018 school year has been extra special for four EOP students at Centenary University who participated in a Study Abroad program for experiential education. Their experiences forever changed them into mature global citizens who got to travel, explore foreign countries and historical landmarks, and understand and connect with new people. They all agreed that studying abroad taught them life lessons, gave them independence and the ability to make international friendships, and ultimately not only academic advancement but also cultural awareness.

Ameer CopperAmeer Copper, Class of 2018, attended Roehampton University in London, Fall 2017. Since he traveled to different countries, he loved meeting new people and found it refreshing to learn about their culture. The classes taught him the fundamentals of dance and photography. Copper found the experience gave him passion and motivation to perfect his craft as an artist. He states that, “The journey is just as great as the destination.” One of the aspects, he was impressed with was the efficiency of the public transportation. He finds that this experience taught him to be a less judgmental person. Back home, Copper has been enjoying keeping in touch with his friends from all over the world.

Eroldy DuvergeEroldy Duverge, Class of 2019, currently studying in London, has been experiencing the norm of a new culture granting him the opportunity to become more comfortable in a new surrounding where he has expanded his circle of friends from all over the world, including China, India and Sweden. He has been exploring and is truly appreciating the countless historic landmarks especially the London’s famous bridges and its history. Duverge is living by the following quote, “Why, Sir, you find no man, at all intellectual, who is willing to leave London. No, Sir, when a man is tired of London, he is tired of life; for there is in London all that life can afford.”

Romane Jean-LouisRomane Jean-Louis, Class of 2018, spent the Fall of 2017 at Richmond University in Italy where he successfully completed 17 credits. Jean-Louis embraced the Italian culture and easily adapted to their lifestyle. Studying abroad allowed him to learn about himself and grasp the opportunities in front of him. Italy was breathtaking and he found Italians to be friendly when he attempted to speak their language. He learned that meals are usually two hours and Tiramisu is the best dessert ever. The most impactful experience he had in addition to academic gain, was being an intern for PIRENE SrL, a very well-known public relations and event planning company. He agrees that besides life lessons and networking, making international friends was on one of the greatest benefits from studying abroad.

Anna StroudAnna Stroud, Class of 2019, is currently studying in Italy and is fascinated with the history of the country. She particularly loved Piazzale Michelangelo, a lookout point in Florence where she realized how blessed and privileged she was to study abroad. Stroud has a great admiration for the Italian culture, the people, art and food. She has been adventurous enough to try the many different dishes Italy has to offer. The Italian history is impressive and the museums are incredible. She is happy that other countries are so easily accessible. So far, she has travelled to Switzerland, Greece and Paris. The study abroad experience has made Stroud more willing to take risks and put herself in uncomfortable situations. She believes that this experience has opened up new doors in her future career in business and fashion.

Centenary University is so proud to share the stories from these students!

Centenary University Internship Highlight

Tatiana Garcia
Tatiana at Walt Disney World in Florida.

In the summer and fall 2017, Tatiana Garcia, from Centenary University, participated in one of Disney World’s Internships, a comprehensive, experiential-learning opportunity giving her an unparalleled enhancement to her academic and professional career.

Garcia, an EOP student in her sophomore year at Centenary University claims that completing the internship was a life changing experience. She loved creating many magical lifelong memories. She particularly remembers a time when she met a young girl dressed as Cinderella. The young girl was interested in meeting Princess Elena of Avalor and Garcia happened to be there. The young girl used sign language to communicate with her family. Because Garcia has an understanding of sign language, she asked the young girl to see her extravagant shoes and complimented how beautiful they were using her sign language skills. Garcia states, “The expression of pure happiness on the young girl’s face is something I will never forget.”

Experiences like this have made an impact on Garcia in a positive way. Moving miles away from home to a different state all by herself made her grow up and be more independent; she learned to budget her money, shop for food, cook for herself and use public transportation – a big sense of responsibility. Another aspect she loved about this once in a lifetime opportunity was meeting really amazing people who came from different backgrounds and lived all over the country.

In addition to taking classes, Garcia worked six days a week but what made it all worth it was watching all the smiles on everyone’s faces when they saw the castle, met their favorite characters, and got a photo with one of the princesses. Working so hard, allowed her to save money for a trip to California to visit one of her Disney Internship roommates. Of course, one of her favorite perks was being able to hop from park to park for free.

During her downtime, she wrote in her journal about all the amazing experiences. Garcia is so grateful for the opportunity especially because Disney holds their employees to such high standards. After she graduates from Centenary University, Garcia plans to move to Florida with the goal to dance in various shows and parades and eventually move on to dancing on Disney Cruise lines. These internship opportunities, working side-by-side with industry leaders, have enhanced students’ college experience and has broaden their global scale of learning.

Centenary University is proud to share this story about Tatiana Garcia! 

Marketa Dunbar – Example of Excellence

Portrait of Marketa Dunbar
Marketa Dunbar, Rowan College at Gloucester County (RCGC)

Marketa Dunbar started her journey at Rowan College at Gloucester County (RCGC) in the spring of 2016. She is a first generation college student. Although she has endured many struggles and challenges in her life, she has never given up on her dream to pursue a college education. As a mother of three beautiful children, Marketa has worked effortlessly to provide a better future for herself and her children.

While enrolled at RCGC, she maintained a full academic load while also working part-time. Marketa has been an exemplary student achieving a GPA of 3.5 and that accomplishment has earned her membership into Phi Theta Kappa. Marketa’s ultimate goal is to become a Registered Nurse.

In the fall of 2018, Marketa will embark on the next chapter of her journey by attending Rutgers University-Camden campus’ Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program.  She is truly an example of what hard work and dedication can achieve.

Turning Point Program at Rowan College

The Turning Point Program at Rowan College at Gloucester County (RCGC) is a program designed for students who are on the brink of academic collapse. Turning Point’s goal is to extend a life raft to students who find themselves on Academic Probation or Unsatisfactory Academic Progress (USAP). While on this life raft, discovering root causes for poor academic performances and increasing their GPA is also the goal of the Turning Point Program.

The Turning Point Program was modeled after a program started by the Educational Enhancement Program at Rider University. The model was developed to assist those students who were under achieving realize their potential and remain in college.

The Turning Point programming takes place over a 10-week academic semester. During those 10 weeks, student are required to attend advisement sessions, check in regularly with their Academic Support Coordinator, complete an Individualized Academic Plan tutoring, workshops, study groups and structured study sessions. All students are required to sign a contract outlining the requirements of the program that they must adhere to.

How does a student find themselves needing an academic life raft?

  • Students who have a cumulative GPA below a 2.0 that have been placed on Academic Probation.
  • Students who have not earned a semester GPA of 2.0 or higher.
  • Students that are placed on USAP/USAP Progress Plan.
  • * Students who were on probation prior to the completion of an incomplete
  • * First semester freshman who did not do well academically in the EOF summer program.
    *Used at the discretion of the program.

The expectation and mission of the program is:

  • To improve academic performance.
  • To determine the underlying causes of the student’s academic difficulties.
  • To develop better study skills and daily habits.
  • To encourage the student to develop a new paradigm when it comes to their approach to learning.
  • To help students learn how to stop making excuses and take responsibility for their education.