Independent Minds, Working Together
Julie Shuff

Julie Shuff '14

Major: International Relations & Spanish (Minor: Latin American Studies)

IFSA-Butler, Argentine Universities Program, Buenos Aires (Spring 2013)

Wooster in Northeast India, Shillong, India (Summer 2012)

Wooster Volunteer Network Tijuana Service Trip (Spring 2011 & 2012)

I knew I wanted to study off-campus before I even arrived to Wooster as a freshman, and I´ve been lucky enough to do three different styles of off campus programs! I am excited to share information  about the potential benefits and drawbacks of each style of program as well. I also hope that by sharing my experiences other students might consider studying in places they hadn´t previously considered!

The first off-campus experience that I had was going to Mexico for a week during spring break with WVN building houses.  We also learned about immigration issues and the implications on the other side of the border.  The trip was so informative and fun that I ended up going two years in a row!

During the summer between my sophomore and junior years, I took part in the first Wooster in NE India program, where I spent a month studying democracy, the environment, and geography in India. I never thought I would get the chance to go there, but I´m glad I did.

In my semester-long program in Argentina, I lived a total immersion experience, speaking and listening to Spanish in my classes, internship and home stay. I chose this program because it had a Human Rights concentration, which I hope will inform (at least in part) my Independent Study. I also had the amazing opportunity of interning at Poder Ciudadano, the Argentine chapter of Transparency International.

On campus, I´ve been, among other things, on the C3 Executive Team, part of Student Advocates for Diversity, and a WVN trip leader.  I also work for the Religious Studies  and Spanish departments. I can usually be found in Old Main drinking copious amounts of coffee.