The W’International fun has begun

Caitlin Bailey, Staff Writer

The W’International trips have finally been revealed. Rising juniors wait in anticipation every year to learn what exciting places they can go. This year was no different.

The reveal, held on March 28, started with Leslie Reynolds and Jennifer Armentrout from the International Studies Office, going over the new changes to the process and explaining how to register for W’International.

The biggest change this year is that there will be no more running to sign up. Registration will be done online. Students who successfully completed the campout will be sent a unique link for them to sign up for W’International. This was sent out at 7:45 a.m. on Tuesday.

Another change this year is that roll call at the campout will be done by hole-punching wristbands that will be given at check-in. The wristbands have to be worn until check-out at 6 a.m.

A very helpful addition this year is registering to campout. This can be done online prior to campout to help speed up the process.

The final change this year is that there is a scholarship lottery. If students campout starting at 3:30 p.m. and are present for 2.5 hours from 3:30-9:00 p.m. and through the night then they could possibly win a $500 scholarship for the trip. Five scholarships will be given out.

After Jennifer Armentrout and Leslie Reynolds spoke, each professor came up to  introduce their trip. “My favorite part of the W’International Reveal was the anticipation I got before each country was revealed” said sophomore Michelle Buttry.

Dr. Christy Cobb went first. Her trip is to Italy and will be over Winter Break. Not only will students go to Rome but Florence, Siena, and Tuscany as well. Students will learn how Christianity became the largest religion and get to eat delicious food.

Dr. Joseph Ellis went next. His trip is to Estonia. Students will learn about Estonian culture and Russian culture. Some of the places students will visit is the capital Tallinn, Marba which borders Russia, and Saaremaa Island. One of the most exciting parts of the trip is that it will be during the 150th anniversary of Estonia.

Third to go was Dr. Catherine Wright. Her trip is to Ireland. After this trip, she believes students will “walk differently.” Students will learn about Celtics and the Irish landscapes, as this trip will be focused more so on the countryside.

Next to present was Mrs. Marilyn Hartness. Her trip will be to Greece. Students will go to Athens, the Bay of Corinth, and Delphi. They will get to see the Parthenon and the Monastery of Mega Spileo. This is the only other trip besides Italy that will be over Winter Break.

Fifth to go was Dr. Allison Kellar who introduced her trip to England. Students will not only visit London but Bath and Oxford as well. They will learn about British plays, movies and literature. They will read Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing. Students will see Jane Austen’s House and the Hampton Court Palace, as well as many other things.

After that, Dr. Taura Napier presented her trip to Ireland. Unlike Dr. Wright’s trip, this trip will be going mainly to the cities of Ireland- most specifically Dublin. Students will learn about Irish mythology, animals like wolfhounds, and see ancient sites.

Dr. Matt Davis went next as he introduced his trip to Denmark. His trip focusing on parks and recreation. Most of the time they will be in Copenhagen, but students will get to go to Sweden as well. Students will learn about health, happiness, and outdoor engagement. They will walk, kayak, bike, and eat lots of pastries.

Last to go was Dr. Edwin Bagley. His trip is to Japan. Students will go to Kyoto, Kobe, and Osaka. They will also learn about how to be a pilgrim without being religious and look at Zen Buddhism. One of the most exciting things students will get to do is share a meal with monks and take a lesson in meditation.

There are so many great options for students to choose from this year. “It was so exciting and informative. I can’t wait to go on W’International now!” said sophomore Erin November.

Edited by: Brea Childs

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