Pepperdine altered the summer 2022 Florence program due to new COVID-19 regulations in Italy. Participants of the program will no longer study abroad for eight weeks, but instead will be in Florence for four weeks.
With Shanghai Senior Alumni Kau’i Aguiar, Derek Pinto and Pamela Lim, The Melanated Muckraker explores what Shangahi meant to many, concerns about the Pepperdine Administration and what the possible cultural effects are of Shanghai leaving Pepperdine.
Former Shanghai program participants react to Pepperdine’s announcement of the program closure. Seaver and International Programs hope to find a future Asia program location to replace Shanghai.
Senior Noah Santo talks about how his desire to become a professional athlete has lead him to a career interest in marketing.
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Lausanne Program Director Ezra Plank shared his experiences living in Lausanne over the last seven months, from watching the students leave in March to prepping for the next program participants and bracing for a possible second lockdown in Switzerland.
Shanghai Director Charlie Engelmann faced unique challenges due to COVID-19, leaving Shanghai in a hurry, living in Oregon for five months under stay-at-home orders and finally returning to the bustling city in August. Over the past eight months, however, Engelmann has missed students the most.
Disorganized action and overoptimism are not the right way to console students as they grieve the loss of their highly anticipated time abroad. Students need to be provided with clear, realistic expectations of their future since there is a possibility for more cancellations in the coming months.
Students from Pepperdine’s seven International Programs share their stories about returning home and transitioning back after being affected by COVID-19 abroad.
Washington, D.C. participants share how COVID-19 affected their internships and the transition home.