IN THIS ISSUE
ISSUE #7 May 2007
As we approach the end of the semester and spring begins to arrive (it is 73 degrees in North Manchester as I write this), students experience a variety of feelings – from spring fever, to anxiety over end-of-semester demands, to anticipation of summer. Here are some reminders about what your student may be experiencing and how you, as a parent, might assist your student.
It's not unusual for students nearing the end of the school year to experience:
How can parents help?
Graduation Day Schedule
LUNCH FOR SUNDAY, MAY 20
Find more information about Graduation Day on the Manchester College website.
Students to Find Support at New Success Center
College is about students rising to new challenges every day. It’s about getting real in every area of their life. And it's about finding the determination it takes to succeed.
At Manchester College, we work side by side to help students define their success and achieve it. Our student resources are as extensive as you’ll find anywhere. And our personal approach is something you won’t find anywhere else.
The new Success Center, coming fall 2007, will combine a wide range of academic services in one centralized location in the Union.
For tutoring assistance, time management ideas, or test-taking strategies, Academic Support offers professional assistance. For students who might need help with a writing project, The Writing Center is at their service.
Is it time for your student to start thinking more seriously about a professional future after college? Career Services has experts to guide him/her through the entire job-searching experience—including assistance gaining valuable experience through internships. The Success Center is also home to the Honors Program for students who embrace the challenges and opportunities offered in elevated academic programs.
No matter where students are in their academic, professional or personal journey, the Success Center empowers them to take their college experience to the next level. And the best part? They never have to go it alone.
I Found a Door to the World
The Brethren Colleges Abroad resident director in Marburg pointed out the van window up the hill toward the castle that bright morning in early September 2005. “Take a look at the castle,” he said. “That’s going to be your home for the next 11 months.” My heart rate picked up as I beheld the imposing fortress for the first time, crowning the medieval old city of Marburg. What secrets did this centuries-old German city hold for a country boy from the Midwest?
During my junior year at Manchester I lived and studied abroad in Marburg, Germany. Living 11 months in a foreign country, far from rural Indiana and the people closest to me, and communicating in a foreign language, I encountered the biggest challenge of my life—but I grew from it and learned about the world beyond my own comfortable borders. While, out of necessity, I became more independent and self-confident, I also developed a deep appreciation for my closest friends and family members who helped me cope with the difficulties and emotions I felt.
I humbly learned about overwhelming generosity as I was warmly welcomed as a guest in Germany. My German proficiency improved exponentially. I lived a new culture and learned new approaches to life and world around me that will stay with me the rest of my life.
Living in Germany, I waded into the layered centuries of humanity and discovered connections with my own roots. At the Marburg archives I held a treaty signed by Charlemagne in the eighth century. I worshiped in the 13th century St. Elisabeth Church and studied at the world’s oldest Protestant university, founded in the 16th century. In the Altstadt, or “Old City,” I visited the cross-timbered house where the Brothers Grimm lived as students in the 19th century, and I paused at the former “Judengasse” to remember the Jewish community that was shattered in the 20th century.
Not far from Marburg, standing outside the tiny village of Schwarzenau on the banks of the Eder River, I drew in my breath and contemplated the founding of my church. The Church of the Brethren began when eight men and women were baptized here in 1708. During a visit to Darmstadt, a city south of Frankfurt, I reflected on the thought that one of my great-grandfathers left this town a century and a half before, hoping for a better life in America.
Back at Manchester College for my senior year, I sought ways to keep my newfound love of German alive. I found a great opportunity for this in the research I did for my senior history thesis on the experience of German-Americans during World War I. While reading old microfilm copies of two German-language newspapers published in Indianapolis during the war years, I discovered that German-Americans were initially whole-heartedly supportive of their Fatherland in the war. Once the United States entered the war mid-way through and the pressure to Americanize increased, however, German-Americans sacrificed their culture, language and unique identity to prove their loyalty to their new homeland. I was fascinated.
In March, I was excited to present my research at the Manchester College Dean's Student Scholarship Symposium. This is a yearly event created so that Manchester students can present their original scholarly research at an event simulating an academic conference. The quality of research and wide range of topics presented at the Dean’s Symposium deeply impressed me, and I wish I could have attended more presentations than I was able. I was thrilled to learn I had won the Jo Young Switzer Award for the best research paper.
But I could never have done it on my own. Associate Professor of History Katherine Tinsley helped all along the way, suggesting places to look for documents, how to strengthen my paper, and giving encouragement when I needed it most. We spent hours in her office going over drafts and discussing topics related to my research. Professor Mark Angelos helped me polish my presentation for the Dean’s Symposium. I have found that Professor Tinsley’s and Professor Angelos’ enthusiasm for their students and for teaching is a pattern common throughout the entire Manchester faculty.
When I graduate from Manchester College this May, I will return to Germany on a Fulbright scholarship to assist in teaching English at a German high school. It was at Manchester that I was first introduced to the Fulbright, a State Department scholarship for graduates to perform research or to teach English abroad. I am grateful for the encouragement and confidence of the faculty members who aided me in the difficult application process. I am honored to represent Manchester and the United States abroad next year, and I feel excited at the opportunities it will afford me in my future pursuits.
At Manchester College I found a door to the world and the support to pursue my goals. The Study Abroad Office and my foreign language instructor propelled me across the ocean to Germany for a year as an undergraduate and another year with the Fulbright program. Back at Manchester College, my research on German-Americans and my experience with the Dean’s Symposium have helped me discern the career path I wish to pursue—becoming a history professor and teaching a new generation of students.