Term III Travel Inspires Graduate Studies Abroad

October 21 2016
Category: Academics

It is now the final countdown to the Elmira College Graduate School Fair on Thursday, October 27 in Speidel Gymnasium. To get ready, our #SoaringToSuccess series is spotlighting alumni now hard at work in graduate school.

This week is Kaitlyn Hawley’16. Her study abroad experience during Term III to Scotland inspired her to pursue her graduate degree at the University of Edinburgh.

Kaitlyn Hawley Kaitlyn Hawley Hawley

Let’s jump across the pond and learn more about Kaitlyn…

This past May I was blessed with an acceptance letter to the University of Edinburgh; I earned a place in the Moray House School of Education to study for my Master of Science in Education. Moray House is an extensive hub within the University of Edinburgh to include programs in TESOL (teaching of English to speakers of other languages), sports and physical education, inclusive education, and many more.

The postgraduate support systems for each college within the university allow students to receive individual program directors as well as personal tutors. These personal tutors work as advisors to each postgraduate student as they begin their journey to a Master degree.

I am taking courses in education policy and the politics of education, the philosophy of education, gifted and talented youth, as well as curriculum and international theory. Thus far, I have found myself relying on knowledge that I gained from my undergraduate studies [at Elmira College] that has been crucial in understanding the topics discussed in each of these courses.

I majored in childhood education, history, and social studies at EC and each one of these majors has given me the exceptional knowledge and experience that I use in daily life in Scotland as I pursue a postgraduate degree. Not only was I challenged, but also the support and close-knit community allowed me to form bonds with my peers and with my professors. I originally feared that going from a small private college would be a difficult transition, but EC prepared me for anything. The uniqueness of Term III trips is what gave me the opportunity to travel to Edinburgh, Scotland, in my sophomore year and fall in love with the city I now live and study in. These are all things that should not be taken for granted and are all things that EC gave me.

Travelling abroad for school is one of the most terrifyingly exciting adventures of my life. However, being able to attend one of the top universities in the world in one of the most beautiful cities I’ve ever seen is a blessing I will always be thankful to EC for.

Elmira gave me research experience and the confidence in my knowledge and studies that will propel me through not only my postgraduate degree, but also life. While my dissertation is looming in the future, I have every confidence that I will be prepared to tackle that challenge based on the preparation that Moray House and Elmira College have given me.

If anyone wants to discuss Edinburgh or travelling abroad after EC, please feel free to email me at: khawley16@elmira.edu