Saint Mary’s Center for Women’s Intercultural Leadership (CWIL) hosted a welcome back event Tuesday with the aim of helping study abroad students readjust to life back home. At the event, CWIL staff members discussed the readjustment phase that most study abroad returnees face, and they offered suggestions as to how the process could run more smoothly. “Keep in touch with your friends in your host country,” Alice Siqin Yang, assistant director of Global Education, said. “In addition, join clubs that will help you continue your cultural learning experience.” Yang discussed many other suggestions, and Maureen Baska, a representative from the Career Crossings Office, discussed ways to market the study abroad experience to potential employers. “Your abroad experience shows you have acquired certain skills such as independence, maturity, intellectual and cultural curiosity and adaptability that will stand out to potential employers,” Baska said. “Also, study abroad helps some students develop language skills that are useful.” In addition to the readjustment concerns and business benefits of study abroad, the event also stressed the student view of study abroad. Participants were encouraged to share their stories and their readjustment struggles. Abby Altman, a Saint Mary’s junior who studied in Austria, discussed the United States customs she had forgotten. “In Austria, it was normal to pay for using a public restroom. Then, when I was back in the United States, I remember being in the airport and seeing water fountains out in the open and thinking, ‘Bathrooms are free!’” Other students shared stories of growth and realization. One student mentioned an experience in China where she discussed the meaning of love in American culture and another shared her learning experience of having her credit card stolen in Rome. No matter the circumstance, all the girls said they learned and grew from their experiences. However, they still realize the troubles of re-adjusting. Maggie LeMay, a junior returnee from Rome said returning is almost like going to college for the first time all over again. “I feel like I’ve had a third freshman year; things have changed,” LeMay said. Saint Mary’s senior and returnee from South Africa, Karolyn Wojtowicz said although readjusting is hard, it is still easy to see the benefits of studying in a different country. “I was the only one of my circle of friends who studied abroad. Even though I spent nine months away from my Saint Mary’s friends, it was still nice to see that we all still get together after study abroad.” Wojtowicz also said how she had changed. “Study abroad does make you more independent,” Wojtowicz said. “I would highly suggest it to anyone contemplating a study abroad program. You create your own world and gain an idea of life outside of Saint Mary’s. If I can survive South Africa, I can survive any city.” Numerous study abroad programs were represented at the event, including programs located in China, Rome, Ireland, South Africa and Austria.
Tony nominee and Broadway.com Audience Choice Award winner Laura Osnes will play Julie Jordan in the upcoming Lyric Opera production of Carousel in Chicago. She joins the previously announced stage and screen favorite Steven Pasquale, who takes on the role of Billy Bigelow, as well as Denyce Graves as Nettie Fowler. The Rob Ashford-helmed production will begin performances on April 10, 2015 and run through May 3.Osnes made her Broadway debut in Grease, and has since starred in South Pacific, Anything Goes, Bonnie and Clyde and Cinderella. She also appeared in the off-Broadway revival of The Threepenny Opera and the Encores! concert production of Faust earlier this year.Carousel, written by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II, follows the tragic romance of carousel barker Billy Bigelow (Pasquale) and mill worker Julie Jordan (Osnes). The show features a catalogue of musical theater standards including “If I Loved You,” “June Is Bustin’ Out All Over” and “You’ll Never Walk Alone.” The original production opened on Broadway on April 19, 1945. The show was revived four times, with the most recent staging winning the 1995 Tony Award for Best Revival.Additional cast will be revealed at a later date. Star Files View Comments Laura Osnes
“Well, I like the golf course. I know the golf course very well playing the AT&T every year, playing the 2010 Open here,” Johnson told reporters Tuesday. “It’s a golf course that I’m very comfortable on. Obviously this time of year it plays much different than it does in the AT&T, but it still is very helpful to know the golf course.”Johnson is second in the world rankings and sits just behind Brooks Koepka, who has the best odds in the field (15-1) and has won the last two U.S. Opens. The two have a strong relationship but are rivals on and off the golf course. Related News “Yeah, Brooks is one of my best friends. Yeah, we compete. Doesn’t matter what we’re doing, we’re competing doing it,” Johnson said.Johnson has done well in the majors this year, finishing T2 in the Masters and second in the PGA Championship. He’s confident his preparation this week will help him reach peak performance.”Yeah, I feel like I’ve had good work Monday, good work today,” Johnson said. “I’m seeing the patterns that I want to see. For me, if I can — I feel like the putter is starting to roll really good. Last week it was tough to tell how you were putting last week.”Johnson has had success at Pebble Beach in the past, but he says this course looks slightly different than the one he played in 2010, where he finished T8.”The only thing maybe that’s a little different from 10 is just the fairway on 18 I think is a little smaller, or maybe it just looks that way to me,” Johnson said. “But it looks like it’s a little smaller, they moved it a little — brought that rough in down the right side a little bit. Dustin Johnson appears to be looking forward to playing at Pebble Beach in the 2019 U.S. Open.The 34-year-old golfer won his lone major at the 2016 U.S. Open at Oakmont, and he’ll look to begin the journey to a second on June 13. Johnson is content with competing at a familiar venue and is among the favorites to emerge victorious at the famous course. “But other than that, I feel like the golf course is identical to what it was in 2010.”All in all, Johnon seems like he’s ready to enjoy playing on a course he fell in love with 11 years ago.”I really liked it from the first time I ever came up here and played, which was in ’08. It was one of my first few events that I ever played on tour,” Johnson said. “But just — I mean, what’s not to like? The golf course is fantastic from start to finish. When you’ve got nice weather, it’s quite beautiful out there.” U.S. Open 2019: Jason Day says he’s ‘underachieved,’ but new caddy Steve Williams will help U.S. Open 2019: Tiger Woods explains why he was better at the Masters than the PGA