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And we're off to China!

Posted by Dr. Dana Winters on Mon, May 21, 2018 @ 03:11 PM

And we’re off! Over the next two weeks, Dr. Junlei Li and I will be supervising a group of seven students on an educational service trip through China. The students come from a variety of backgrounds and majors – from early childhood education to psychology to biology – and have all worked with us for the last few years in the Incubator 143 Research Lab at the Fred Rogers Center for Early Learning and Children’s Media at Saint Vincent College. We all look forward to learning as much as we can while visiting preschools and kindergartens, village orphanages for children with disabilities, and community hospitals through Shanghai, Qingdao, and Beijing. Over the last year, the students have been working together to prepare for our journey – training with Simple Interactions, an initiative of the Fred Rogers Center that promotes and affirms the human connections between adults and children as the foundational building block of children’s development, learning about Chinese culture and history, and considering how we can best be helpful and spread the legacy of Fred Rogers through neighborhoods different from our own. As we travel and learn together, we will share our experiences and journey, our own learning and growing, and the importance of carrying Fred Rogers’ legacy of helpful appreciation across geographical borders. #FredWithoutBorders

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Topics: study abroad, fred rogers center, China, Saint Vincent College, saint vincent students, bearcats on the road, service trip

First week in Cape Town, South Africa

Posted by Floyd Nichols on Mon, Feb 26, 2018 @ 03:50 PM

This week was my first week in Cape Town, South Africa. It has been an amazing experience so far. It has also been quite interesting to see the contrast between the Parisian culture and the South African culture.

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Topics: study abroad, bearcats on the road, cape town, south africa

Snow in Paris

Posted by Floyd Nichols on Thu, Feb 22, 2018 @ 02:29 PM
This week in Paris has been fantastic! I have really grown accustomed to the Parisian lifestyle. Unfortunately, I only have one more week left before I leave for Cape Town, South Africa. However, on a more positive note, it snowed in Paris this week! Although, coming from Pennsylvania that does not sound impressive at all, for Paris it is almost unheard-of to get snow in the winter, let alone any other time during the year. It has definitely been wonderful, as Paris is one of the most beautiful places when it snows. 
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Topics: study abroad, Paris, bearcats on the road, snow

Mexico: Week 3

Posted by Cristy Marsh on Mon, Jan 22, 2018 @ 09:29 AM

This week in Mexico brought some fun times out with the group. 

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Topics: Mexico, travel abroad, travel abroad in college, bearcats on the road

Getting Used to Life In Mexico

Posted by Cristy Marsh on Wed, Jan 17, 2018 @ 10:43 AM

I’ve become incredibly comfortable with my routine in the Mexico.

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Topics: study abroad, Mexico, travel, travel abroad in college, life, bearcats on the road

First Week in Mexico

Posted by Cristy Marsh on Wed, Jan 03, 2018 @ 12:07 PM

This first week in Mexico was quite the adjustment. It’s one thing to learn about culture shock, but another to go to a third world country and experience it. Seeing small children being “street performers” on the side of the street gives you a new perspective and appreciation for everything we have in the states. 

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Topics: spanish, study abroad, Mexico, Benedictine

Taking in the beauty of Sevilla

Posted by Paige Casario on Tue, Feb 07, 2017 @ 10:08 AM

Every day I basically have to pinch myself (multiple times in fact) that I’m actually here LIVING in Spain. For as long as I could remember, I knew I always wanted to study abroad in Spain and, to me, it always felt like a dream of the distant future or a day that would never come. 

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Topics: study abroad, Spain, Alcázar Gardens, cathedral, Paige Casario, Seville, Sevilla

Why I Chose to Study Abroad

Posted by Nicole Reitz on Wed, Jan 18, 2017 @ 10:00 AM

In the weeks leading up to my flight, I was asked multiple times, “What made you want to study abroad?” Almost instinctively I’d give the same generic response of, ”To see ways of life different than my own. I want to experience other people's culture on their terms.”

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Topics: study abroad, England, Nicole Reitz, Edge Hill University, Ormskirk, Edge Hill

Be Not Afraid - My Trip to World Youth Day 2016

Posted by Helena Shoplik on Tue, Aug 09, 2016 @ 10:13 AM

When I signed up for World Youth Day in Kraków last fall, I never expected “fear” to be in the equation. I had been to Poland several times previously, and I had never been overly concerned about my personal safety or the safety of others on my trips. Poland, and the rest of Europe, seemed to be a very stable area and so I never gave terrorism another thought. 

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Topics: Catholic, faith, pilgrimmage, World Youth Day, Krakow, Helena Shoplik, Poland, Be Not Afraid, Pope John Paul II

Traveling to Kraków for World Youth Day

Posted by Anastasia Jaeger on Thu, Jul 28, 2016 @ 04:00 PM

This trip to World Youth Day (WYD) 2016 in Kraków, Poland, seemed to come quite suddenly. I had just gotten back from Rome on May 29. However, college is all about making memories and doing as much as possible. 

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Topics: Campus Ministry, Pope Francis, Catholic, Anastasia Jaegar, Salt Mine, World Youth Day, Krakow, Poland, Shrine of the Divine Mercy

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Paige Casario is a junior International Business major with minors in Spanish and Operational Excellence. She is studying Business and Spanish and living with a host family in Sevilla, Spain, for the spring semester. She is very excited for this opportunity and experience and can't wait to venture all over Spain and Europe.

Hi! My name is Nicole Reitz and I’m a junior psychology major at SVC. This spring, I’m studying at Edge Hill University in England.


Hi! My name is Gianna Boburka. I am an international business major with minors in operational excellence and entrepreneurship. I will be studying abroad in Thessaloniki, Greece, this summer for five weeks. In addition to taking two classes abroad, I will be exploring many different sites around Greece.









Theresa Thimons is a sophomore majoring in mathematics. She is the proud little sister to nine siblings and aunt to seventeen nieces and nephews. Theresa believes that each encounter she has with another human is an opportunity to better understand the heart of Jesus, as every person is the result of God’s love. In whatever career path she ends up taking, she looks forward to solving problems and hopefully inspiring more people to explore the world of fun that is found in math.








My name is Sam Geer. I’m from Murrysville, Pennsylvania, and I’m a junior at Saint Vincent. I’m getting my major in Environmental Science and minoring in Public Administration. I’m a work study at the Winnie Palmer Nature Reserve and am a member of the Benedictine Leadership Studies Program. This summer, I'll be traveling to Bhutan in the Himalayas of Central Asia, home of the bearcat, where I’ll be studying environmental sustainability and Bhutanese culture. 













Hi! Im Gabrielle Kohl, an avid reader who loves to travel around the world! I love to experience new culture, literature, people and food. I aim to make a positive impact in the lives of people with whom I interact in order to make the world a happier place.












Hi! My name is Nicole Berry and I am currently a junior studying communication and psychology. I also am minoring in children studies. I am a commuter and currently live in Delmont, PA. I am hoping to graduate in May 2017 and go on to graduate school for my Masters in Social Work and Juris Doctorate.









Anastasia Jaeger is a junior English education major with a minor in German and a minor in peace and justice. She has always dreamed of being able to travel around the world and is thankful that Saint Vincent College has these opportunities available to students. When she is not at college, she is likely working her part-time job at a local bakery. In the future, she hopes to travel more and do humanitarian work or teach high school students English.