Nora Clarke ’12 recently wrote for the Carmarthen Journal (UK), while participating in the study abroad semester in Carmarthen and Wales. The article introducing her as a member of the editorial team notes, “after studying at Trinity St. David University and working on the paper, she writes about her time in Carmarthen and Wales.”
Clarke’s inaugural article describes the differences between her home in New York City, her college home in Geneva, and Carmarthen, as well as what it is like transitioning to study abroad.
“At HWS about 30 international students come for a short time or for four years. Now, having lived abroad myself, I now see how things must be from their perspective – trying to understand the culture, education, and the social scene of a new place,” she says.
Clarke is a studio art and English major with an interest in fashion editing and has taken darkroom photo classes at the Fashion Institute in New York. She has held an internship at Infomat, a fashion website, and had the opportunity to attend many fashion shows. She has also worked at a children’s camp in Pennsylvania in the summer.
Her full article in the Carmarthen Journal follows.
Carmarthen Journal (UK)
New yorker tells of her time spent as a student in Wales
April 27, 2011
The Journal recently welcomed into the editorial team New Yorker Nora Clarke, on a placement with her university. After studying at Trinity St David University and working on the paper, she writes about her time in Carmarthen and Wales.
Born and raised in New York City, you don’t expect any other place to be like home.
And while Carmarthen is small in comparison, it makes up for its size with beautiful landscapes and landmarks.
Back home, I study at Hobart and William Smith Colleges (HWS). It is about five hours away in a town called Geneva, upstate New York.
Living in New York City you come accustomed to being able to just walk outside your apartment and do anything you want at any hour of the day.
Carmarthen, like Geneva, doesn’t have quite as much going on. But it has made an effort by adding a new shopping centre with a fabulous movie theatre and restaurants. This has drawn in a younger crowd.
I chose to study in Wales for the educational opportunities; my majors fit perfectly to the classes offered at Trinity St David University, which I am attending until May. The town of Geneva reminds me of Carmarthen in many ways.
Hobart is a small, liberal arts school with 2,000 kids who have come from all over the United States, as well as other countries.
Studying abroad is very common for Hobart students, and people usually do this in their third year of college.
The Princeton Review recently ranked HWS Abroad Program eighteenth in the USA, which is a huge achievement for such a small school.
At HWS about 30 international students come for a short time or for four years.
Now, having lived abroad myself, I now see how things must be from their perspective – trying to understand the culture, education, and the social scene of a new place.
From my experience it has been a testing transition adapting to the new teaching methods. Students here have more time to research their topic of interest, which has definitely developed my time management skills.
Despite the town being very small, I have been able to adapt my city-girl busyness to a calmer state of mind.
I have come to enjoy my time in Carmarthen.
Copyright Â© 2011 Northcliffe Newspapers Company