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Brenna Fisher

Major: Criminology and Sociology
Minor: Russian and Military Studies
Hometown: Manassas, VA
Paterno Fellow 

Tell us a little bit about your experience.

I had the opportunity to travel to Sydney, Australia for two weeks over winter break. We participated in art workshops, toured museums, worked with indigenous cultures and artists, and even hiked through the Blue Mountains. It was an amazing experience. I saw a side of the Australian culture I would never have expected to with all our participation with indigenous tribes.

We participated in art workshops, toured museums, worked with indigenous cultures and artists, and even hiked through the Blue Mountains. It was an amazing experience. 

How did this experience impact you academically?

I was able to get my art credit done in the most creative way possible. I loved our hands on workshops and the museum tours were really enlightening. On top of that, our Penn State faculty (Graham and Angela) were so informative and helpful. I really feel like I got everything I could have out of this course.

What are your career goals and plans?  How did this experience impact them?

I want to work in the criminal justice field, but this study abroad program really allowed me to see a different side of college classes. I never planned on putting too much thought into my art class, but this allowed me to have a fun, enriching experience with one of my general education credits!

Would you recommend this experience to other Liberal Arts students?

I would recommend this experience to other liberal arts students because it was a really great way to see a more isolated part of the world while taking in a very culturally rich dynamic.

How has the Paterno Fellows Program had an impact on this experience?

The Paterno Fellows Program really encourages its students to go beyond the University Park campus and explore the world to supplement classroom learning. I felt an immense amount of support from the Paterno Fellows Program to complete my study abroad experience, and now I want to share my passion for traveling with others!

For more information on global experiences for Liberal Arts students, visit our website.
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