This May term, Goshen College students will spread out across the world to work, study and serve.Out of the more than 60 courses taught this May, seven are international. Several more will be held off-campus domestically. Ten other courses classify as internships or “field experience” work.
As part of the seven international courses, students will travel to China, Greece, Italy, Kenya, Morocco, Nepal, Nicaragua, Senegal, Spain and Peru.
David Leaman-Miller, a first-year, is looking forward to spending May term in Kenya, as part of a digital media and public relations class. The film and PR students travelling there will work on two separate documentaries about sustainability projects at two foundations outside Nairobi. Mennonite Central Committee operates one of the foundations.
Since he decided to go on the trip, Leaman-Miller has worked to write scripts for the documentaries they will produce.
“It’s going to be an ongoing process of trying to tell a story of how these projects help people,” he said.
David Bontrager, a first-year, will also spend May in Kenya, but with a different focus. As a biology student, he will join a group that will travel with Ryan Sensenig, professor of biology, to study savannah biology. He is looking forward to going on game drives, doing fieldwork and attending on-site lectures.
Some students will also experience May term closer to campus. Adima Idiong, a first year, will take the course foundations of education this May. The course involves in-class lectures on educational philosophy, some field-work and observation in local schools. Idiong said she especially looks forward to visiting schools in the area.
Balasz Pirot, a sophomore from Hungary, plans to take U.S. arts and literature, an on-campus intercultural education course. This is the last time the course will be specifically for international students. Pirot explained that in the future, it will be offered as part of the SST alternative courses.
“I think it will be an easy class; we will read, and listen to music. I expect it to be easy and fun,” he said.
The psychology and religion departments will join together to offer PSYC 314: Psychology of Religion. According to an advertisement from the psychology department, the course will focus first on areas of interest in psychology, and then move to integration with religious beliefs and behaviors such as mysticism, conversion and morality.
Seth Zimmerman, a first-year journalism major, will take expository writing.
“It’s course that I need to take to increase the diversity of my writing style,” he said. “I don’t expect to enjoy it, but I want to make the most of it.”
Patrick Mello, visiting professor of English, will teach the course.
Three SST groups will leave at the beginning of May term to Peru, Nicaragua and Senegal.