The Clark Athletics community has been stretching its reach across the Atlantic Ocean, with the women's soccer team leading the way. Four female soccer players, who spent the spring semester studying abroad in England, Germany, Ireland and Spain, are returning to campus with unforgettable memories and a new perspective on the world around them.
While immersing themselves in their new environments and taking full advantage of the learning opportunities, Sara '20, Megan '20, Katie '20 and Maya '20 traveled all over Europe and Northern Africa having the time of their lives and witnessing first-hand how they can utilize their education at Clark to help others. Experiencing different cultures is a large part of what makes Clark such a diverse learning atmosphere and a key factor in teaching students how to challenge convention and change our world.
Sara Conroy '20, Political Science/ History
"I spent four months abroad in London, England. While I was there, I took four classes in the sphere of European government and politics while interning part-time with the Local Government Association. I absolutely loved my internship; I got to work so closely with an amazing group of Brits and another American intern. We even got to sit in on one of former Prime Minister Theresa May's speeches. I think being thrown into a completely new environment definitely forces you to make those closer connections with co-workers and I'm so grateful for those professional relationships. I was also fortunate enough to spend some time in Belgium, Hungary, Italy, and Sweden. One of the cool parts of traveling to the other European countries was that I saw first-hand a lot of the political activism and movements that my Professors taught about in class. My favorite country to visit was by far Italy and that has mostly to do with the food."
Megan Marocco '20, Psychology/ Education Minor
"I was in Seville, Spain from January through May this past Spring semester. I resided with a Spanish host family a 30-minute walk from the city center. I was able to take Psychology, Art History and Cooking courses taught in Spanish at the Universidad de Pablo Olavide. I was fortunate enough to volunteer and work with Spanish youth in a nearby school system. In addition, I was able to train with the soccer club, FC Sevilla, during my time abroad. In addition to attending professional soccer games, I also attended Seville's most important holidays: the Semana Santa processions, and Feria festivals, along with the second annual Women's March of Seville.
Outside of Seville, I was able to travel to other Spanish towns or cities like Madrid & Barcelona, as well as multiple cities and communities in Morocco, Portugal, France, Germany, and Ireland. However, my favorite place was Seville. It felt like home by the end of May because I was able to immerse myself in the Spanish speaking culture. I love and miss Seville's unique architecture, gardens, restaurants, monuments and people."
Katie Barber '20, Political Science
"I studied abroad in Dublin, Ireland. While there, I studied Irish Language, Art History, and the Geography and Culture of Dublin at Griffith College. I also completed an internship at an Irish law firm. While studying abroad, I was able to continue playing soccer by participating on a women's team at my college where we played other local Irish universities. I had the amazing opportunity to travel to so many different countries including England, France, Germany, Italy, and the Netherlands. My favorite places were Sorrento and Capri in Italy. I'm so thankful Clark provides study abroad opportunities for student athletes and I'm so happy to say I have found another home in Ireland!"
Maya Mashkuri '20, Geography/ International Development & Social Change
"I was studying in Berlin, Germany, and lived in the neighborhood of Bergmannkiez. I interned for a professor I met there who started Wild and Root, a creative food lab and event agency. We focused on different food concepts, intertwining art, local vendors, thought provoking questions and changing the way we eat at the dinner table. I spent most my time exploring the parks as Berlin is one of the geographically greenest cities in Europe. I also met exceptional people at creative events while taking in the heavy, but riveting, history Berlin holds. I was able to experience the sun in Seville and Barcelona, hike national parks in Zadar, Croatia, and enjoy great food in Prague and Nice, France. My trip to Marrakech, Chefchaouen, and Tangier, Morocco was unlike anything else because I spent my time meeting locals, drinking my weight in mint tea, playing some soccer, and trying to stay cool in the 105-degree weather. Each and every country held beautiful people and spaces, and I feel very lucky to have gone to all of them. I will definitely be back!"