"I love leading shortTREC programs, because they provide tremendous learning opportunity for students. I also enjoy getting to know students in non-classroom settings," said Minjoon Kouh, Associate Professor of Physics
Summer shortTREC's here at Drew are nothing short of a hot commodity. As a senior I still vividly remember all the advice I received from people before entering college. The most common themes were:
1. Learn how to do your laundry before you go, and don't let it pile up.
2. You don't have to be best friends with your roommate, but you must respect them.
3. Study abroad at least once-- it will change your life.
These things really stuck with me and although I let my laundry pile up once in a while I have stuck by this advice. As someone who has already been on two of the ShortTRECs here at Drew, I can attest that they are life changing. This past summer, your fellow Drewids were accepted into programs in Italy, France, Barcelona, London, Greece and South Korea.
The professors that lead the TREC's have nothing but the greatest intentions for students to have amazing cultural experiences outside of what they are used to. Professors like Minjoon Kouh, Associate Professor of Physics, Muriel Placet-Kouassi, Visiting Associate Professor of French and Emanuele Occhipinti, Associate Professor of Italian, who are given the opportunities to invite students into their home countries and experience their cultures. While Professors like Courtney Zoffness, Assistant Professor of English, wants every student to have the chance to fall in love with a country she grew so fond of during her own study abroad experience. "I came to know Greece through literature,” said Zoffness about her love for Greece. “But after spending three consecutive summers on the shores of Thassos, I have developed a deep affinity for the country: its landscape, people, music and food. It's an idyllic setting in which to think and write and commune with history."
For language trips such as the ones to Italy, Spain and France all professors agree that by the time the students leave, their language skills improved heavily after weekly oral and comprehensive courses in those languages. If you do not believe me or the professors urging you to take one summer ShortTREC in the future listen to some of what your peers have said and then decide.
"Exploring another country in a foreign language was an experience that I would do again in a heartbeat. Although I had been taking French for over eight years, textbook French is completely different from the real deal,” shared Virginia Leach (’20) about her study abroad experiences. Being forced to speak it in museums, restaurants and in every store made it impossible to not be immersed in the culture. Seeing France off the beaten path was a cool experience."
"I chose to go on the ShortTREC to London and Edinburgh because of how much both cities have to offer in terms of theatre, there is so much to learn and see there,” Louk (’20) commented on her experiences in London. “We visited the annual Edinburgh Fringe Festival and it was a mind-blowing experience. I would recommend this trip to anyone! Not just to people who study theatre"
"I would totally recommend this trip to anyone, it was life changing and probably one of the best college experiences,” said Rachel Villatoro (’19) of her time in Barcelona. “Living with a host family really added something special to this trip as well as the director of the program Professor Cantero, she is such a lovely and caring individual."
COURTESY OF RACHEL VILLATORO
If anyone would like to find out any additional information on these trips I suggest attending info sessions and taking a trip to Stacy Fisher at the Global Education office in Embury 102.