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2017-2018 Study Abroad Orientation was a success!

Study Abroad Orientation

For the 2017-2018 study abroad orientation, the Center for International Programs created a new and exciting process! The meeting was held in the SPC Collaborative Lab in the Epi Tech Building with the option of attending morning or late afternoon meetings. A huge thank you to the Collaborative Lab Staff, along with Center for International Programs (CIP)   staff for coordinating and presenting during these meetings! The combined sessions included students from separate stuStudy Abroad Orientationdy abroad programs; Australia-Vet Tech, Costa Rica, Greece, Italy-HS program, New Zealand, and Spain. Prior to the presentation, students were able to speak with one another and discuss the various study abroad programs from this year as well as previous years. This interaction allowed students the opportunity to discuss other programs of interest in the future and offer advice to one another! The presentation began as students enjoyed an interactive fun facts “quiz” to test their knowledge of the six separate countries with the chance to win SPC “bling!” Students were introduced to the unique way of enhancing their global distinction through the Global Citizen Program  Center for International Programs director, Dr. Ramona Kirsch, shared stories of her past travels in combination with what to expect, safety, packing, online resources, finances (Currency Converter), and power for each country. Communication through Whatsapp, Facebook and individual service providers was another topic of discussion as students were encouraged to download the apps, contact providers and join the private Facebook group. CIP staff discussed the application process for international health insurance and conveniently, many students were able to register and pay using their laptop/cellular devices without leaving their chair! To close the presentation at the Study Abroad Orientation, students were reminded of important tasks to complete prior to departure, but most importantly, to enjoy themselves and celebrate the opportunity of embarking on a life changing experience! Following the presentation, students linked up with their groups to introduce themselves, exchange contact information, ask questions and collectively share their excitement! Thank you to students for showing up, sharing your knowledge and having fun!

Madeline Ishmael

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Following My Dreams And Going To Spain With SPC!

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Hello everyone, my name is Jessica Bichsel, and I am studying abroad this summer in Spain to complete my foreign language requirements. I am a full time, second year, pre-bachelor student majoring in Psychology, as well as a mother and nurse.  When Prof. Albrecht introduced our Spanish 1 class to the opportunity to study abroad I was awestruck. I have never traveled to a foreign country. I decided at once that somehow, some way, I would participate in this program.

Everyone I have encountered in the Study Abroad program has been helpful and informative. I was daunted by the cost of the program and my personal finances, so I applied for scholarship assistance and was awarded two scholarships from SPC Foundation! Because of the financial help I will be receiving from these scholarships I am able to fulfill not only a dream of exploring the culture of Spain but also being able to fully immerse myself in a language I have had trouble learning.

The support I have received from the SPC International Studies Dept. and the SPC Foundation  has inspired me to pursue my goals and realize that I can do anything I put my mind to. These scholarships have helped ease the burden of travel costs tremendously, and I am forever grateful.

I plan to hit the ground running this June, when I arrive in Madrid. I want to soak up as much culture, history, and of course the Spanish language as much as possible. This trip will be a life changing adventure for my education, career, and personal life. Being a nurse for almost 15 years I have encountered several patients where language has been a barrier, and thinking ahead of my future career in psychology, I could see where this barrier could arise again. The study abroad program will help me help the people I care for, by breaking those barriers, as I will be able to communicate effectively and fluently.

I encourage all my fellow SPC students to study abroad. Cast your fears and doubts aside and just do it. You will be pleasantly surprised with the ease of the process, the scholarships that may be available to you, and the experiences you will create.

-SPC study abroad student, Jessica Bichsel 

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A Life Forever Changed. I Am Going To Spain With SPC!

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SPC student, Keith Martin, is ready to leave for Spain with St. Petersburg College after receiving a study abroad scholarship:

“Undeniably, the day one discovers their soulmate or hears the first cries of their newborn baby forever impacts their life’s journey. However, life changing events are not always grand ordeals planned out months in advance with seating plans, caterers, and a multitude of coordinated reservations each dependent upon the other. Rather, such moments are thrust upon one as a small-town fire whistle echoes through the valley a few minutes before midnight, or as silence overwhelms the hearts of intensive care unit nurses through the din of alarms from ventilators, monitors, and infusion pumps.

The echoes of that fire whistle and the cry of the engine’s siren as I hastily buckled the straps on my air pack, mask, and helmet with practiced care forever marks the night I would decide to become a pediatric nurse. As the helicopter lifted off from the gravel parking lot of the feed store, with the critically ill child, I pledged to serve others in a new way.

The cacophony of alarming ventilators, pumps, and monitors from an active pediatric intensive care unit faded away as the mother of a recently deceased child asked me if “I would be okay” following weeks of caring for her critically ill son. “No,” I replied. Though her English language skills were limited, her words were still so powerful. Thus, I embarked upon a journey towards fluency to repay her kindness with understanding, seeking to no longer face the eyes of a terrified parent without the ability to effectively communicate.

Such events set the stage for my aspirations at St. Petersburg College. With a pursuit of Spanish language fluency solidified, I happened upon the Spain study abroad program just days before the application deadline. Reviewing our finances into the early hours of the morning, my wife and I struggled to determine where the funds for such a venture would emanate from despite the great value of an immersive language program. Thus, with hope in my heart, I applied for both the study abroad program and the many scholarship opportunities available. I practically jumped into the air as I read the email congratulating me on receiving a scholarship to study abroad in Spain.

With both fear and excitement, I look forward to studying Spanish language in Spain. All great goals should be a bit scary or perhaps one’s sights have not been set high enough. No longer will I experience Spain’s culture and language through Hemmingway’s eyes, but with my own! I anticipate an explosive expansion of my Spanish language skills and a deeper understanding of the Hispanic culture. While the intellectual growth and development I will attain during this experience is valuable in and of itself, the benefit to the children and families I care for in our area ultimately drives my pursuit of this experience.

Study abroad and change your life. Study abroad and change someone else’s life! The intellectual and cultural knowledge you gain may have far reaching impacts, yet untold.  Plan a life changing experience by studying abroad and keep your eyes open for the unplanned life changing moments all around you. Live a life that serves and inspires others. Change yourself, change the world!”

-SPC study abroad student, Keith L. Martin

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SPC Scholarship And Hard Work Are Taking Me To New Zealand!

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SPC student, Londa Edwards, shares her experience in receiving a study abroad scholarship for the SPC program to New Zealand:

“I have always dreamed of studying abroad, but it always seemed unattainable to me. The college I attended before SPC offered a few trips per year, but they were overpriced, had extremely packed itineraries, and offered no scholarships to help with costs. I don’t work in a traditional job, so my cash flow is very little. I volunteer at a non-profit in my community in exchange for housing, food from the food bank, and a small stipend. I absolutely love the work I do, teaching and mentoring girls in the community, but I don’t have any excess funds to save for things like travel.

When I saw the study abroad trip for New Zealand, I was so excited! Ever since I saw the movie Whale Rider when I was 12 I was fascinated with the people and culture of New Zealand, specifically the Maori people, but New Zealand was so far and so expensive, it never made the list of places I wanted to travel. So, when I saw the trip, my heart soared…and then I saw the price. Wow. How could I ever raise that much money? Even with the scholarship offered by SPC I would have to raise/earn around another $4000.  I decided to leave it up to fate. I would apply for the trip and the scholarship. If I received the scholarship, I would do everything in my power to raise the rest of the money. Luckily, I did receive the scholarship and I immediately started cutting down on expenses and raising money to fund the rest of my trip.

I am crafty, so I’ve been selling jewelry, hair bows and baked goods to the local farmers markets when I can. I am also a seamstress so I do alterations and creations when people need them. I have also applied for a scholarship from the local Rotary club as they love to help fund student studying abroad. So far I have been able to raise almost the entire amount for the trip and I’m now trying to raise enough to extend my stay by a few days in order to explore a bit on my own. I mean, how often am I going to be in New Zealand? I was also able to get my flight at a good price at the right time by using STA Travel to book my flight with a deposit and finish paying later, as I didn’t have the full amount in time.

I am beyond excited for this trip, and it has really opened my eyes. If I can make this expensive trip work, I can definitely do it again with cheaper trips. I can travel the world like I’ve always dreamed. One of my main goals with the girls I mentor is to show them that they can do anything if they work for it. They can go to college, explore the world, their only option is not to get pregnant before they graduate and struggle to feed their families. They are capable of more and there is so much out there beyond our neighborhood. Now I can actually show them what is possible, as I do it, and I can’t wait to get back and share my experience with them!”

-SPC study abroad student, Londa Edwards

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I Am Studying Abroad In Greece With SPC And Can’t Be Happier!

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In a few months I will be studying abroad in Greece, and I could not be more excited. Greece is a land steeped in ancient traditions, cultures and  history. One of my favorite classes was the study of Ancient Greece. I loved learning about the myths and legends of Greek gods and to be standing on the same soil where stories of Athena , Artemis and Demeter were created would be an awesome experience. Although many of the temples and ancient structures are now in ruins, I think just seeing them will bring to life those ancient stories.

I have always wanted to go there and wasstudying abroad in greece thrilled to learn that not only was I accepted to the class, but had also won the scholarship that would allow me to finally visit and see Greece came to live. When I found out I got a scholarship I got so excited, I got my luggage down from the attic and started to pack it. I then realized it would be a few months before I would need to pack, and I don’t even know what to pack.

I confess. I love trying Greek food here in America, and can’t wait to sample  authentic food. I want to see not only the monuments, but also experience today’s  Greek culture.I have already started researching the different types of foods and customs from the country, and I am even trying to learn some of the language. Suffice to say I am not speaking like a native yet, but as everyday passes the more excited I get. I give my heartfelt thanks for the scholarship that is allowing me to go on a new adventure and the opportunity of a lifetime.  Everyone should aspire to see and participate in different cultures, it can alter your views and form new ideas of how to deal with obstacles in your life.

Thank You and I look forward studying abroad in Greece and sharing my experience with others when I return.

-SPC study abroad student, Antoinette Barnes

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International Student From The Caribbean Enjoys SPC!

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Hey everyone, my name is Huey Yu, and I am an International student. I traveled here from a small island called Saba. It is only a 5 square mile island, and it is a beautiful island in the

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Caribbean. Saba is an entity of the Netherlands or Holland; most people do not know they are the same, and that we are governed by them even though we are hundreds of miles away. Saba is also known as “The Unspoiled Queen” of the Caribbean. The name comes not only from the size of the island, but also from the beauty and the untouched nature life on the island. Saba is a great place to go for vacations because it is a place where you can go and just feel free.

 

 

What drove me here to SPC is that it is a community college where there is a lot of potential to meet people from the same country you are from. I made several friends who were from the Caribbean such as Jamaica, Puerto Rico, St. Maarten. SPC is fantastic because it is smaller than a university, and it is very affordable. The atmosphere is great, and it is very relaxing and fun at the same time. Do not be discouraged, enjoy the time that you are going to have at SPC and the career that is ahead of you.

The transition to America was a little hard. When I first started, it was a little difficult making friends. Fortunately, in my first ESL class, I was able to make a few friends right away. I want to say to not be afraid to talk to others in your class. Living here in Florida is great. I get the feeling of being home because of the warm weather, and I live with my siblings which made me even more comfortable.

international studentAs a student you do not want to worry too much about not fitting in or thinking that people will not like you. Being a student here at St. Petersburg College, I was able to meet many fellow students and was able to make friends quickly. At first, I was that one guy that was shy and closed off because it was a new environment, and I was worried that people would judge me. Once I got comfortable in class, I was able to open up and start talking to several other students and became very social.

All you need to know is just be yourself and enjoy the life as a international student. Do not over think what could happen in the future. Just stay focused on the task at hand, and just take it day by day. Enjoy your time here and just keep in mind that you are here to become better and to learn what you want to learn, not what you need to learn. Follow what your heart wants and you will be able to get to where you want to be in no time.

-SPC international student, Huey Yu

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Foundation Scholarship Is Making Me Study Abroad In Greece!

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The 2017-2018 year is my first year at SPC, and starting here was a completely new and exciting experience. I remember early in the fall semester I kept seeing the Foundation Scholarship advertised and I applied to as many as I could, mainly focusing on academic scholarships. While applying like a maniac, I saw the option for Study Abroad scholarships, which I had never seen before and didn’t think would be available with a community college. I was surprised but intrigued, and seeing the many exotic and interesting trips and locations made me want to apply right away for a scholarship. I didn’t think I would receive any scholarship to travel abroad but I had a “why not?” mentality, and I’m glad I did because I was notified a few weeks later that I was being considered to receive $2,000. Less than a week later, I was told I officially received it!

Out of all the scholarships that I foundation scholarshipapplied for, academic or not, I only received one, and it was $2,000 to help me study in Greece in the summer! The SPC Study Abroad department has made things really easy for me, and anyone to receive a scholarship, and they definitely made me determined to save up the rest and go to Greece. Over half of the total cost of the trip was paid thanks to the foundation scholarship, and though I needed a little bit more work to save the rest, I have already gotten it done, and with every day that goes by, I am closer to going Greece.

My trip is May 3-13, and I chose the Greece trip not only because I was going to receive a required Humanities credit but, I had always dreamed of going to Greece. Greece is a beautiful and exotic place and I had never thought I would have the opportunity to go as soon as I have, and I feel really lucky and grateful that I opened the door when this opportunity knocked. The itinerary for this trip is insane and reading it just sounds like an opportunity of a lifetime (and there were hardly any adjectives in it to sugar coat). Overall, I am so excited and the process of applying and waiting is definitely worth it, I am just incredibly happy that I will have an amazing once in lifetime experience while I am young.

-SPC study abroad student, Lorraine Scott

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SPC Celebrated Black History Month At The Taste Of Soul Event

Black History Month

On February 8, 2018 the Taste of Soul quad Black History Monthevent took place on St. Petersburg College Clearwater Campus. The theme of the event was Black History Month which allowed every club, department and faculty to share an outstanding African American person of notability. Our college President, Dr. Tonjua Williams, was one of the feature honorees displayed. The Center for International programs shared the table with the Multi-Cultural Club. Club members made a poster board, about the famous tennis player, Serena Williams. To go along with this poster board, the club included a questionnaire based on the information club members put on the poster board. Students had a chance to take the questionnaire in hopes of winning a prize for answering all the questions correctly.

Black History Month

Multiple students participated in the quiz and the only student who got all the questions right was Sebastian Amado! Congratulations!! During the event, the students enjoyed a delicious homemade Harrison Clearwater BBQ lunch and some live music. The band “Smooth D and the Boyz” was performing live jazz music while the painter Carlos Culbertson created art commemorating Black History Month in the ES building. Carlos calls himself a Zulu painter, and he is an aerosol-based mural artist. If you are in South St Pete under the interstate of Downtown St Pete, you get a chance to see some amazing art shared with the St. Petersburg Community. We are very fortunate to have one of the artists featured, on campus, to celebrate African American History month. Throughout the full month of February, the artist Carlos will complete the work that he started to also add to the contributions St. Pete College Clearwater has made to celebrate Black History Month history.

The students had the opportunity to explore SPC Career Services including academic advisors, financial aid assistance and various club exhibits. The best club exhibit of this quad event was the Badeya club, who had an amazing presentation of African American history. Badeya club’s presentation won the award for best presentation and will receive an ice cream social courtesy of SGA.

Black History Month

Congratulations Badeya Club! None of this would be possible if Ms. Kay Morgan, the Student Success Manager of the SPC Clearwater Campus, without her effort and dedication to bring everyone together so that this quad event would be successful for all students, faculty and staff. We are glad that SPC provides this beautiful space to have fun and to have the chance to get involved with students and faculty in one place.

 

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Experience Diverse Cultures At SPC – Join CIP events!

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You don’t have to get on a plane to experience diverse cultures. They are all around us! Don’t wait and join us in the upcoming international opportunities at SPC! The SPC Center for International Programs offers a variety of free events you can attend to enhance your global view.

Here’s the list of upcoming international opportunities in March 2018! 

Event Date Time Campus/Location
Latinos United Club Meeting Weekly, Tuesday 12:30 pm – 1:40 pm Tarpon Springs Campus EP 454
English Conversation Partners Weekly, Wednesday 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm Clearwater Campus Library
Multicultural Club Meeting 3/01/18 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm Clearwater Campus ES 105
Japanese Performance Art 3/15/18 12:30 pm and 6 pm (two performances) TS Campus FA – Leepa Rattner Museum of Art
4th Annual International Symposium: Enhancing SPC’s Fulbright Footprint 3/16/18 10:00 am – 1:00 pm EpiCenter – sign up
International Careers Workshop 3/22/18 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm CL Campus LI 209
Global Citizen Program Info Session 3/20/18 11:30 am – 12:30pm Tarpon Springs Campus  DE 442B – sign up
Women’s History Month Event: International Women Leaders: The Next Generation 3/27/18 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm CL ES 127
International Club Meeting 3/28/18 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm Seminole Campus LI 113
Women’s History Month event: A Woman’s pilgrimage to El Camino de Santiago 3/29/18 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm CL ES 104

Save the Dates for these future events!

International Programs Lunch & Learn 4/6/18 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm Tarpon Springs FA 132
Multicultural Club Meeting 4/12/18 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm CL ES 105
International Programs Lunch & Learn 4/19/18 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm CL ES 105
International Club Meeting 4/25/18 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm Seminole Comm. Library
Spanish Club Meeting 4/26/18 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm Seminole Campus PW 704

Don’t wait! Join us in these upcoming international opportunities!

“Educational exchange can turn nations into people, contributing as no other form of communication can to the humanizing of international relations” – J. William Fulbright

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SPC Student Received Study Abroad Scholarship To Go To Germany!

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SPC student, Miriam Saucedo Campos, shares below her excitement for the study abroad scholarship she received to participate in SPC’s Spring Break program to Germany!  Being bilingual, she has written in both English and Spanish!

“ALL student must experience the fantastic and amazing experience of study abroad. SPC has people well prepared and friendly, they are there to keep you well informed about all the fascinating programs. They helped me and I am very thankful for them. study abroad scholarshipI am a very fortunate person for having the incredible opportunity of getting a study abroad scholarship to go to Germany with my Composition class in Spring 2018. I cannot believe I am typing this! Seriously, if these types of opportunities for students didn’t exist I would not be able to travel, enjoy, and explore new places. The process to obtain the scholarship was really simple. I encourage you to try it. If you are not selected at the first try, just keep trying. In my case, I tried about two or three times, but never gave up because I knew I was going to get it sooner or later. So, once again; you must apply! You will not regret it, on the contrary, you are going to get lots of benefits, just like me. Knowing I am going to be in the old continent, that makes my heart jump of happiness, excitement, self-motivation to continue my studies at SPC with enthusiasm. I will be in Germany! We have lots of museums visits programed. I have been reading about Germany and I discovered it is an amazing country. On this trip I will be expose to a new culture. I will get to know a little bit of a completely new world. I will meet German people, I will try German food, their music, and much, much more. I have even learned how to say “I love you” in German, just in case…I will be sharing all this learning with my son, my family, my students and my friends.

TODO estudiante tiene que experimentar la fantástica experiencia de estudiar en el extranjero. SPC cuenta con gente preparada y amistosa para informarte sobre estos programas tan fascinantes. Ellos me ayudaron a mí y estoy muy agradecida. Yo me siento muy afortunada de poder tener esta increíble oportunidad de obtener una beca para ir a Alemania con mi clase de Composición durante la primavera de este año 2018. Realmente sino existieran estas becas, yo no tendría la oportunidad de viajar, conocer y disfrutar de esta experiencia inolvidable. El trámite para obtener la beca fue tan sencillo, que yo te invito a que lo intentes. Sino resultas elegido en el primer intento para obtener una beca, por favor intenta una vez más. En mi caso yo solicite la beca dos o tres veces, pero nunca desistí porque yo sabía que tarde o temprano le iba a obtener. ¡Así que tú debes intentarlo! No te vas a arrepentir, todo lo contrario, vas a obtener mucha ganancia como yo ya la estoy obteniendo. El saber que voy a estar en el continente viejo, eso me llena de gran felicidad, gran emoción y gran motivación para seguir aprendiendo en mi escuela SPC. ¡Conoceré Alemania! En este viaje también conoceré un poco de una nueva cultura para mí. Conoceré la gente alemana, así como también su comida típica, su música, la moneda que usan, y mucho, mucho más. Todo este aprendizaje que espero poder compartir con mi hijo, mi familia, mis estudiantes y mis amigos. He estado leyendo sobre Alemania y descubro que es un país fascinante. Ya hasta he aprendido a decir “Te amo” en alemán.  Ya tenemos programados visitas a los museos. Los museos es algo que me interesa mucho conocer en diferentes países. No puedo esperar más para que la fecha llegue.”

-SPC study abroad student, Miriam Saucedo Campos

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