A look at student summer experiences
What are you doing this summer? That’s what we’ve been asking Campbell University students over the past several weeks. We’ve received the diverse responses you’d expect: traveling, working, taking classes, completing internships, participating in mission trips, studying abroad, and sleeping.
More specifically, we’ve got students horseback-riding in Wyoming, touring Europe, rock sliding in the mountains, identifying plants in Hawaii, and immersing themselves in Spanish culture. Nearly three-dozen students have been globe-trotting several continents through our Study Abroad office alone.
Others, a little closer to home, are studying for organic chemistry exams, training hard with their Camel teammates, interning at law firms, and volunteering at cancer centers.
Below, we take a look at four student summer experiences. We've also compiled and curated the tweets and photos students have sent our way that document what they've been doing and where they've been going this summer. You'll notice the summer experiences reflect Campbell's commitment to faith, learning and service.
“Learning an incredible amount from the impressive doctors”
Medical student Dominique Stasulli spent six weeks in Kenya volunteering in a hospital’s maternity, pathology and general or pediatric wards. She assisted with surgeries, delivering babies and dressing burns. Through it all, she “learned an incredible amount from the impressive doctors” she shadowed and worked alongside of.
Stasulli made this short video to capture her experiences and introduce you to Kenya. Take 1½ minutes out of your day to watch it.
“[I gained] a broader understanding of the different business worlds, cultures and people”
Since she was a freshman at Campbell University, Carina Wright had wanted to study abroad. She waited for the right time and right program. It came this summer and about six months before she graduates in December with degrees in healthcare management and marketing. The study abroad program? The faculty-led “Business in London” organized by the Lundy-Fetterman School of Business and Campbell’s Study Abroad office.
“Since I’m a business major, the study abroad program with the business school seemed perfect,” Wright said.
Edward Fubara, associate professor of business and director of the MBA program, and LeJon Poole, instructor of business, led the 11-day trip to London during the early summer. Thirteen undergraduate and graduate students attended.
The trip to London -- “one of the most important cities in the world for international business” -- was designed to expose students to the work of international business and cross-cultural interaction and communication, said Fubara, who led a similar study abroad trip in 2011.
Before the students even departed for London, they participated in workshops on intercultural communications, international business, and the history, economy and culture of the U.K.
During the trip, they made observations, asked questions and analyzed what they experienced. Among their activities were attending a lecture about Britain’s National Health Service (NHS); meeting with representatives of Southwark, a London borough, to learn how local governments operate; and having dinner with Campbell alumnus Dapo Fagbenle, an international producer, director, entertainer and designer based in London. Visits to cultural and tourist sites included the Tower of London, Westminster Abbey and Stonehenge. After the trip, students wrote a research paper on their experiences.
“Our graduates will operate in dynamic, globally interconnected marketplaces,” Fubara said. “Our hope is that these kinds of experiences will better prepare them for success in that world.”
It has, said Tiffany Vu, a dual Doctor of Pharmacy and MBA student. She chose to go on the trip because it’s “extremely important to see how business works outside of the U.S. as well as health care,” she said. “The trip gave me the unique opportunity see both of those aspects.”
Particularly informative to Vu was the lecture on the NHS at the University of Reading. “It was really neat to see how people in London viewed a national health system,” she said. “I’m hoping to learn more about the NHS system in order to better prepare myself for when the Affordable Care Act is implemented in the U.S.”
The trip also reminded her of the importance of perspective and insight. “In order to get a sense of the people you will potentially be working with or for,” Vu said, “you have to see how they live and what they do and absorb their culture in order to see their perspectives of the world.”
Wright experienced all of that on the study abroad trip she waited several years for. “[I gained] a broader understanding of the different business worlds, cultures and people,” she said.
“I like using information for the betterment of something”
Kailey Farmer, a communication studies major, had never written a press release before she began a health communications internship at the Sampson Regional Medical Center in Clinton, North Carolina, this summer. But she chose to complete that internship because she wanted to do something that sounded both interesting and challenging -- and because “I liked the fact that I would have no idea what I would be doing,” she said.
She caught on quick.
The first press release she wrote – on the Wound Care and Hyperbaric Center at the Sampson Regional Medical Center – got picked up by media outlets and reprinted in its entirety in the Clinton newspaper. (That’s her, with the clipping of the reprinted article, in the photo.)
“I didn’t see myself going into the health communications field,” said Farmer, who played softball for the Camels the past three seasons. “But now I’m in it, I really do enjoy it.”
Among the things she enjoys: talking to other people and the diverse responsibilities. She’s interviewing faculty and staff with the medical center for press releases, a newsletter, and a radio program that airs on a local AM station. She’s attending city hall meetings about the branding of Clinton. She’s helping manage the medical center’s Facebook page. And she’s providing input into the development and execution of a community health initiative.
“When you think about communication and marketing, there’s so much to it,” she said.
Now Farmer, who graduates in December, has her sights on pursuing a career in a health setting that draws on the communication and marketing skills she’s gained during her time at Campbell and learned during her internship: pharmaceutical sales.
“It intrigues me,” she said. “I like being out and talking to people, and I like using information for the betterment of something.”
She might not have given pharmaceutical sales even a thought if not for her internship at the Sampson Regional Medical Center. “Though I wasn’t sure about going into health communications, I’m really glad I did. My internship has been a wonderful experience,” she said. “Being in a hospital has allowed me to learn things about how doctors interact with others and how working in a medical environment differs from working in a corporation. I’ve also been able to meet lots of people who answer my questions and who are willing to help me.”
The internship has also been a reminder that “the only way you can know whether you like something is by trying it,” she said.
“God used me through a story that I never had the intention to share”
One morning, during summer break, when Cameron Hunt ’14 was in South Africa with a 10-person mission team from Campbell University, he was asked to lead a devotion for a group of people who were recovering alcoholics and addicts. (That’s Cameron, in the Campbell orange shirt. photo by Kendall Tart)
Hunt, who graduated from Campbell in May with a degree in psychology, shared with them his testimony, including a particularly difficult part he hadn’t planned to share. The group embraced him, showering him with love and acceptance. They also gave him a copy of a prayer reminiscent of the Serenity Prayer.
“It was at that moment I realized God called me to South Africa to share that devotion,” said Hunt, who, even a month after the trip, still has the prayer and plans to frame it. “God used me through a story that I never had the intention to share.”
Hunt’s devotion was just one example of the numerous types of activities or projects that he and the nine other Campbell students and staff did over two weeks in late May and early June as part of their mission work in South Africa with Living Hope. That organization takes a holistic approach to its ministries in health care, homelessness, substance abuse, prevention and economic empowerment.
In Masiphumela, a township in Cape Town, South Africa, Campbell’s team participated in a mobile health outreach campaign, assisted life educators working with children and teens, and visited and prayed with residents of an assisted living facility, among other activities and projects. They also volunteered at the Barcelona orphanage, where 22 children live.
“We go to South Africa to serve and to learn how Living Hope serves its community,” said the Rev. Faithe Beam, Campbell’s campus minister, who led this summer's trip, which was the fourth time that Campbell has sent a team to South Africa to volunteer with the organization. “Hopefully, our students return transformed in their own lives.”
The trip certainly changed Hunt's life, he said.
On the trip, he saw how God works through everyone, both in small ways and big ways, and how God gives everyone distinct gifts to spread the gospel, he said. He witnessed other Campbell students use their gifts to glorify God, for example, including an education major who worked well with children with special needs and a graphic design, studio art and marketing major, Kendall Tart, who took photos that captured the spirit of missions.
With the printed prayer he received serving as a reminder, Hunt had his own calling to the ministry affirmed during the trip, he said. He’ll be a first-year Minister of Divinity student in the Campbell Divinity School come this fall. He’s also serving as a graduate assistant in Campbell’s Campus Ministry office.
“Going to South Africa was such an invaluable experience,” he said. “It really helped me see that God has a bigger purpose for all us.”
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