HISTORY STUDENT TO STUDY IN SOUTH AFRICA
Kenya McCormack, a senior and current President of our History Club, has been accepted to spend the fall term as a student abroad. Congratulations, Kenya! Here's what she says about her impending experience:
Nearing the end of my undergraduate work at CSUB, I realized that I would like to go on to graduate school to study African history-- specifically decolonization of the British colonies. As CSUB offers only one upper-division African history course, I decided to explore the education abroad program in order to learn more African history and thus better prepare myself for graduate school.
In March I applied through CSUB's ISEP office to study abroad for a semester at the University of Stellenbosch in South Africa, which is 34 miles away from Cape Town. Founded in 1679, the University began as a gym in 1866; today the university has over 25,000 students.
When I learned in April that I had been accepted, I applied and was admitted to the Kaggelklets program. This intensive Afrikaans language program will last the first month of my stay, before the regular semester begins.
I leave the U.S. June 15 and will return December 11. I will be living in an apartment on campus with three other international students. It's customary to take four to five classes at the university, and I plan to take some combination of history, political science, and Afrikaans courses.
An added benefit: during my stay, I will be going on several excursions, some of which include Robben Island, Table Mountain, Kruger National Park, and the wine country (aka "the Napa of South Africa").