Intersession in Paris

Over Intersession, Laura Riemer traveled to Paris, France, for a study abroad program.  Riemer is a senior strategic communication major with a concentration in PR and a triple minor in accounting, finance and business.  She is from Lansdale, and she transferred to Scranton during her sophomore year, fall 2016.  Read about her experience going abroad below!

What made you want to study abroad?

When I was applying to colleges back in high school, I was told to make a list of things that I wanted out of my four-year experience to guide my college search. One of the top items on my list was a good study abroad program. I went on two trips internationally during high school (England/Scotland and Greece) and traveled domestically throughout US/Caribbean with my family every year. These trips sparked an interest and curiosity within me to see more of the world. I attempted to study abroad for a semester, but the programs were not aligning with my studies, so my last year at Scranton I decided it was now or never!

How did you decide where you wanted to go?

I chose to study abroad for January Intersession in Paris, because I had always been fascinated by the city. I began studying the language in middle school and followed that path through high school. I also took one semester of French my sophomore year. Being familiar with the language made studying in a foreign country more comforting to me. Additionally, I wanted to study in France because of family and friends’ recommendations. Many of my family and friends have traveled abroad and they had always raved about the country, so I wanted to check it out for myself.

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Intersession on Campus

Some people may think that the campus is deserted over Intersession, but that’s not the case! On Jan. 2, the University began its New Year as some students braved the cold and moved back on to campus to continue their studies or to work.

Many different courses are offered duringIntersession.  Taking classes over the month-long break can help students stay motivated and get more class credits. Intersession classes can also help students who change their major catch up on the curriculum.

Some students also returned to the University to work over Intersession.  Spending the month working helped students stay busy and get more work experience.

“Intersession is a great opportunity for students to be here for a variety of reasons,” Grace Dickson ’20, a co-director in the Admissions office, said.  “I had the opportunity to delve into an online class while also getting in a lot of work hours, giving me an excuse to come back to my home-away-from-home early!”

Follow the hashtag #ScrantonIntersession to see what other students were up to this January.