Golden Days!

Update from Stranmillis University College:

Five American students arrived at Stranmillis in January 2014 to study on the IFSA-Semester Programme.  Recently they took part in a ‘graduation’ ceremony at Stranmillis.

The students were Brien Behling and Britney Mathieson – Drake University; Caroline Wass – Washington and Lee University; Dominic Cruz – St Martin’s University; and  Alice Bomkamp – Austin College. They selected their study options from a range of taught modules and attended classes with Stranmillis students, adding a significant international perspective to discussion and debate.  In addition to their academic study they had opportunities to undertake placements in local schools and to engage in volunteering with Stranmillis Widening Participation Partnerships.

On 16th May the students attended an IFSA ‘Graduation’ Event where they were presented with a Stranmillis University College golden ‘stole’ and a graduation certificate.  Gold is a theme that is woven through each of the US students’ graduation ceremonies. College Principal Dr Anne Heaslett highlighted the writings of the Irish author and philosopher Charles Handy who said – “To plant a golden seed is to identify a talent in someone – something they’re good at – and to point that out to them. If they trust you, it can give them the confidence to go and achieve something with it. … So go forth and plant golden seeds!”

We thank the students for their positive contribution to the Stranmillis community during their time with us and wish them success and happiness as they return to their studies in the US.

Meanwhile … Stran’s International Intern Gregg Turnbull explains how he discovered something interesting recently on Facebook:

Upon conducting my usual post-awakening Facebook check I was surprised and delighted to see that many of the graduating UVA students had donned their stoles and brought a golden little bit of Stranmillis with them to share with everyone on their special day. They are obviously highly treasured!”