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Studying in Greece

Emily Morello

Emily Morello,
Senior, Mechanical Engineering

Athens, OH 11 September 2017

This past summer was probably the best summer I have ever had. The first month of May consisted of traveling to Greece with my best friend for a study abroad internship. This happened through the OU Global Consulting Program which Dr. Costas Vassiliadis, from the electrical engineering department, supervised.

It was an incredible experience that I will never forget. The program was two weeks long and took place in the city of Thessaloniki. Thessaloniki is located in the upper peninsula of Greece right on the coast. The city is beautiful!

During the day, all the students met at the American College of Thessaloniki (ACT) to work on our consulting projects. We were split up into groups of 5-6 students and 2-3 of those students were from the ACT. Each group was pared with a different company to consult.

My team was pared with the Chalkidiki Flour Mills. This company is a global flour mill company that produces specialty flour blends that they ship out to other places. My team had to implement a new Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) program for the company. It was a great learning opportunity.

Other than the project, we had socials, special dinners, and traveled to other cities in the free time. I also loved shopping in the city after class. Another great opportunity was being able to tour monasteries and Mount Olympus on the weekend.

After the two weeks were over, my friend Gabby and I island hopped for an extra week. We visited Ios, Santorini, and Mykonos.

Ios was incredible because it was a mountainous island that a lot of college students liked to travel to. It was cheaper than the other islands, so we stayed for three nights. We did not want to leave. We stayed at a family-owned hotel that had a gorgeous view on top of a cliff. One of our favorite things about Ios was renting ATVs to ride around the island on.

Santorini was our next stop, but we only stayed for one night. Santorini is located on a cliff and it was not what I expected at all! When looking at the city from the water, it looked like little bird nests were located on the peaks of the mountains. As we moved in closer, we were amazed by the beautiful architecture and colors of the buildings. I loved this city, but it was very touristy.

Our last stop was Mykonos before heading to Athens. Mykonos was my favorite island. We met students from the University of Barcelona that hung out with us every day. I think being with a fun group made this island the best. Mykonos is very hilly with a beautiful town located on the shore. I loved all the white
buildings and beautiful beaches. I definitely want to travel back to this island.

Athens was our final destination. Dr. V was our tour guide since he lives near Athens. He showed us the Parthenon, monuments, and the museum.

Studying abroad was probably one of the best decisions I have ever made.

A Summer Abroad

Brandon Mahr

Brandon Mahr,
Senior, Engineering Technology & Management

Athens, OH 6 September 2017

This past summer, thanks to the Cutler Scholars Program here at Ohio University, I was able to study abroad in Sorrento, Italy for 5 weeks. In Italy, I studied a Business/Sustainability course in order to fulfill a requirement for my minor.

My experience in Italy was absolutely amazing, and I would advise any college student to at least consider studying abroad. For engineering students, it’s often difficult to find a program that caters to your major and needs, but Ohio University’s Office of Global Opportunities (OGO) is absolutely amazing and offers an extremely wide variety of programs/courses. From working with a manufacturing company in China, to applying engineering solutions in Ghana’s impoverished areas, to studying fine arts in Great Britain, and everything in between, OGO has it.

When you are studying or volunteering abroad, not only do you have to the opportunity to grow and learn in the classroom, but you also can grow as a person. I learned a lot about business and sustainability this summer, but I learned even more about myself.

Italy

I became a more confident and adventurous person, and I did a lot of things that I may have never done before, like cliff diving off a Roman Villa into the Mediterranean, or swimming a couple of miles to visit several underwater sea caves, or engaging with complete strangers in deeply personal discussions. I really challenged myself this summer when I was in Italy, and grew a lot from it. Study abroad this summer certainly changed my life, and I would advise anyone interested in studying abroad to do it, and you definitely won’t regret it.

Preparing for Summer

Brandon Mahr

Brandon Mahr,
Junior, Engineering Technology & Management

Athens, OH 27 March 2017

The cherry trees are blooming, the birds are singing, and fest season is upon us, which means one thing: summer is right around the corner. This semester has absolutely flown by, and my plans for this summer are finally starting to come together. This summer, I plan to study abroad in Italy for six weeks studying business, hopefully intern for a couple of months, and also spend some time relaxing with friends and family.

This summer I have to travel abroad in order to fulfill a scholarship requirement. After months of planning, I finally decided to go to the Santa’Anna Institute in Sorrento, Italy to study business in the European Union. The Office of Global Opportunities (OGO) here at OU is top-notch, and they helped me throughout my search. I eventually came upon the Sorrento program through OGO, and I never looked back.

As an engineering student, it is often times difficult to find an abroad program that caters towards your program, but studying abroad can be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and has many, many benefits. Think outside the box, and think of taking classes abroad that could perhaps help you achieve a minor or certificate.

I am also hoping to co-op with Toyota for a couple months before I travel abroad. I am in communications with them currently, and am trying to work out a position that lasts for only two months. Remember that intern or co-op terms typically last 3-4 months, so keep this in mind for summer plans.

Also, don’t forget to relax and spend some time with your family and friends over the summer. You only have 4 summers until you are thrust into the “real world”, so enjoy them.

Global Consulting Program

Emily Morello

Emily Morello,
Junior, Mechanical Engineering

Athens, OH 19 February 2017

Out of all the courses I am taking this semester, my favorite is my Global Consulting Program Greece Course. It’s not that I don’t enjoy engineering–I find all my courses very interesting and have great professors. It is, however, refreshing having a class that is not math or science based.

I will be studying abroad in Thessaloniki, Greece for two weeks in May for a global consulting internship through the College of Business. Before we leave for the trip, it is required for all students to attend a course that teaches us about the program.

The class meets every Monday from 6-8 pm. The first hour is dedicated to learning everything we will need to know before starting our consulting project in Greece. We were each assigned a team of four or five students to submit mini assignments throughout the semester. Some of our assignments include a team charter; country and city report; pestle analysis; decision matrix; and a presentation at the end. This course is set up similar to a “cluster”, which are team based courses that business students take for a semester at Ohio University.

The second part of the course is to learn the Greek language. This is my favorite part of my Mondays. Our professor is very personable and passionate about this trip. He makes the class fun so everyone is willing to learn. We started out learning the Greek alphabet and then learned how to spell our names. Next, we were taught simple words to hear how Greek sounds.

Each week we add on to the previous week’s topics. We learn a little about the history, cultural differences, and enhance our vocabulary. Our final exam for this course is to be able to say each phrase on a sheet that is front to back that we received the second week of class.

I am very interested in the business section of class. Ultimately, I would like to earn my Masters in Business so I can become an Engineering Manager at some point in my career. I believe that these courses and this internship will help prepare me for my MBA in the future.

I am also very excited about the travel. Like I’ve stated in my previous posts, I do enjoy traveling a lot. I cannot wait to see a different part of the world and grow as an individual. Lastly, I am very excited for all the great relationships that I will gain due to this experience.

Travel Opportunities

Emily Morello

Emily Morello,
Junior, Mechanical Engineering

Athens, OH 13 November 2016

One passion that I have always had is traveling. Ever since I was little, my family has always loved going on vacations to interesting places. My family is from Warren which is a smaller city located in northeast Ohio. There really is not much to do in this area, so any chance we get, we like to go places.

My mom’s side of the family is from Quintana, Spain. Some of my Spanish family lives in Ft. Lauderdale so we go there quite a bit to vacation. I always loved listening to their stories about living in Spain; it made me want to visit the country very badly.

One summer, however, my mom decided to switch up our usual Ft. Lauderdale visit. She is a Spanish teacher at the high school I used to attend and she organized a school trip to Europe for all of the students. When she told our family this news, we were extremely excited.

During this trip, we traveled to Spain and Italy, specifically Madrid, Barcelona, Rome, Capri, and Pompeii. I was fifteen at the time and will never forget the amazing experience I had that summer.

Now that I am twenty-one and in college, all I want to do is go back to Europe to travel more. I recently applied for a study abroad program to visit Greece in May. It is called the Global Consulting Program, which even includes an internship opportunity. I am supposed to find out if I was selected for the program sometime before Thanksgiving break. Hopefully it works out!

Summer Research in Copenhagen, Denmark

Nathan Arnett

Nathan Arnett,
Junior, Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering

Athens, OH 16 September 2016

In my opinion, one of the greatest components of the Russ College and Ohio University in general is the approachability of the professors and staff. In Fall 2015, I went to my academic advisor, Dr. Gerardine Botte, and told her I really wanted to get a research internship abroad for the summer. She thought it was a good idea, and she put me in contact with Dr. John Kopchick because of his extensive network of colleagues overseas.

After meeting with Dr. Kopchick, we reached out to various researchers from all along the globe asking if they would be interested in hosting me. After weighing the options, we decided the best fit for me would be in Copenhagen, Denmark.

So this past summer, I was fortunate to spend two months at the Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Basic Metabolic Research! Being a Chemical Engineering student on the Biological Track, I felt that experience in a molecular biology lab would be very beneficial learning experience—and I was right. I gained a vast amount of knowledge and experience in the field and I’m excited to see how it helps me in the future.

All of my time wasn’t spent in the lab, however. I got plenty of free time to explore the city of Copenhagen, go to concerts, and meet incredible new people! Travelling is one of my favorite hobbies, and being able to do so through the helpfulness and approachability of the Ohio University faculty is a prime example of how valuable of a resource your professors can be.

Appreciating Architecture in Georgia

Jannat Al Barwani

Jannat Al Barwani,
Junior, Aviation Management

Athens, OH 30 August 2016

This summer, I went to Georgia (the country in Europe, not the state). I found Georgia pretty peaceful and wonderful for nature lovers.

When I was going around Georgia and exploring the beauty of it, I realized that it has a fascinating location between three countries and a diversity of Italian, Turkish, and Russian culture. In fact, those have affected the architecture of its buildings.

Georgia

The country has a combination between the old and modern life. For example, Tbilisi, which is the capital city of Georgia, has old forts and hoods in the middle of a modern city. They have many spectacular buildings that are designed by great architects.

Georgia

Although I saw many spectacular designs in Georgia, especially in Tbilisi, the churches there are the ones that have caught my attention the most. Not a day passed without me visiting a new church. Most of the churches I have visited were pretty old and have a fascinating design.

Georgia

I was amazed by the material that the churches are built from and how strong they are. That, for sure, shows how the civil engineering for those old churches were far more advanced than their times.

Georgia

The holy trinity cathedral of Tbilisi is the third tallest and the largest building in the world. That made me think how talented the civil engineers, who were included in construction of this church, are. They must have studied the geology of the place very well and had a great virtualization of the building. I went there only for a week, but until now I am still fascinated by the architecture there.