By Mille Appleton
Oh, summer. Dear summer. The possibilities are endless. Freedom from school for most. Freedom from jobs for some. Freedom to travel and explore and learn for others. Summer lends the opportunity for some UA students to step outside of their comfort zones and do things they might have never imagined possible.
For many students, summer internships or jobs impart experience for their field of expertise. Some choose to work within their city or state, while others decide to move a little more beyond their reach.
Maggie Chappell, an advertising/public relations major, will be leaving her hometown of Dallas for Seattle where she will work for World Vision, a Christian humanitarian organization dedicated to working with children, families and their communities in poverty and injustice.
Within the organization, Chappell will be working in the 30-Hour Famine department doing social media networking. World Vision’s 30-Hour Famine is a worldwide movement of students who don’t eat for 30 hours and raise money to send to people around the world who are hungry every day.
Chappell knows that this internship will take her out of her comfort zone, but will allow her to get more of an idea of what she wants to do when she graduates.
“I want to work for a non-profit; I want to work for a company that benefits the world, and I like how they (World Vision) deal with poverty and sickness in the third-world countries,” she said.
Other students use the summer as an opportunity to study abroad and learn about new cultures.
Junior Shannon Mumma will be studying the humanities and anthropology of Tanzania in a UA classroom before heading abroad for three weeks to get hands-on experience of what she has learned.
The UA-sponsored study abroad trip will include climbing and camping on Mt. Kilimanjaro, going on game drives in the rainforest and spending a few days on the African island Zanzibar.
Mumma chose this specific study abroad because she loves the outdoors and wanted to experience the diversity of Africa.
“It will definitely introduce me into a more diverse culture than what I’m used to,” she said. “It’s important to interact with people that you’re not accustomed to, especially since I plan on being a doctor. I’m going to be dealing with people of all walks of life.”
Junior Jenna Volmer will also use her summer to prepare for her career path, though she will be overseas in a more typical study abroad setting in Seville, Spain.
“I’m minoring in Spanish with speech pathology as a major. Less than 1 percent of speech pathologists are capable of dealing with bilingual children, so I want to be as fluent as possible in Spanish,” she said.
She will be taking two Spanish classes with the ISA program at the Menéndez Pelayo International University-Sevilla as well as learning the culture by living with a host family. In addition to studying, Volmer will also get the opportunity to go on excursions such as to Morocco or Madrid.
Other students want to give up their summer in order to benefit others, like junior Robert Rembert who will be spending the first half of the summer leading a summer project in Alaska and ending the summer doing humanitarian work in Thailand.
Rembert was part of the 11-week summer project in Juno, Alaska, last summer and was asked to come back this summer for six weeks to lead 26 guys from around the country.
A staff member then asked him if he would be interested in going with him and his family to Thailand for tsunami relief. Never having gone overseas and wanting to get a cross-cultural experience, Rembert accepted and has high hopes for the trip.
Though not everyone has the opportunity to go overseas or have the internship of his or her dreams, summer will still be good ol’ summer for all.