Who Studied Abroad This Summer?

Ferris students travel all over for cultural experience

by Published: Aug 26, 2013

Many Ferris stu­dents decided to study abroad this sum­mer, trav­el­ing all over Europe. We caught up with four girls who shared with us their sto­ries of being abroad in France, Germany, Italy and England. From great food to his­tor­i­cal sights and beau­ti­ful beaches, it was a sum­mer they’ll be remem­ber­ing fondly for the rest of their lives.

Ferris junior in crim­i­nal jus­tice law enforce­ment Jessica Micakovic decided to study abroad with Ferris’ Austria/Germany pro­gram. For 15 days, she spent time in Vienna, Munich and Berlin. While there, she saw his­tor­i­cally famous places such as the Berlin Wall and the Dachau Concentration Camp — the very first con­cen­tra­tion camp.

In Vienna she vis­ited Schönbrunn Palace, which houses the world’s old­est zoo. In Munich, Micakovic vis­ited Neuschwanstein Castle, which hap­pens to be the very cas­tle after which Cinderalla’s was mod­eled. While vis­it­ing the cas­tle, Micakovic fell and dis­lo­cated her knee; not want­ing to return home early, she opted to travel around Berlin in a wheelchair.

She enjoyed her study abroad expe­ri­ence so much that she’s look­ing to head out again and is con­sid­er­ing a one year program.

Before grad­u­a­tion from the phar­macy pro­gram in May, Sara Galdys spent eight weeks in Bath, England, through the International Pharmacy Exchange Program. Galdys worked in an England hos­pi­tal and com­mu­nity phar­macy and enjoyed being able to learn about their health­care system.

During her stay, she trav­eled to Trafalgar Square and fell in love with London while gaz­ing at Big Ben, Parliament and the London Eye. Galdys also trav­eled to Ireland, France and Italy for the amaz­ing sights and deli­cious food. She even got engaged while vaca­tion­ing in Italy.

Galdys hopes to some­day return, prefer­ably when there is warmer weather. Overall, she enjoyed the dif­fer­ent view­points this expe­ri­ence gave her into phar­macy and health­care practices.

Amanda Thomas roamed Italy for 14 days this sum­mer. The Ferris sopho­more in pre-pharmacy spent her days vis­it­ing famous sights such as the Trevi Fountain, the Colosseum, the Spanish Steps and Ponte Vecchio. In Rome, her favorite moment was climb­ing the cupola of the Sistine Chapel to get the entire panoramic view of the beau­ti­ful city.

When spend­ing time in Florence, she and her fel­low trav­el­ers often went in search of street musi­cians, and they even found a lively bunch of older folks with birth­day hats danc­ing to one spec­tac­u­lar musician.

Overall, one of the major high­lights of her trip was vis­it­ing Capri Island, where she hiked the Villa Jovis ruins and took a chair­lift up to Mount Solaro.

“The cul­tural aware­ness I gained was some­thing that can’t be taught in a class­room in Big Rapids,” Thomas said.

Samantha Wingerter, a Ferris sopho­more in pre-nursing and res­pi­ra­tory health, stud­ied abroad with Ferris’ French study away pro­gram for 16 days. She vis­ited France, Monaco and Switzerland. In Paris, she was awed by the Eiffel Tower and vis­ited it three times. Her other favorite place was the beach at Cap d’Ail, which she describes as breath­tak­ing with aqua blue water and sur­round­ing mountains.

Another of the many unique stops on the trip was an annual gypsy fes­ti­val, where they wit­nessed wild white horses run­ning around, women in extrav­a­gant skirts with lots of jew­elry, and even old wood wagons.

“This expe­ri­ence was def­i­nitely one of the more promi­nent ones of my trip just because of how much cul­ture we were thrown into,” Wingerter said.

The rest of the trip was spent vis­it­ing sites renowned through­out the world — such as the Notre Dame Cathedral and the Louvre — and eat­ing lots of cheese. ///

  • Thomas Wilson

    Isn’t it sup­posed to be called “study away”?