10/9/2009 - Australia Bound
JUDSON SPOTLIGHT ON...
By Dr. Michael Brooks
Judson College senior Christina Lee of Smiths Station will spend the spring semester at the Wesley Institute in Sydney, Australia as part of the Council of Christian Colleges and Universities' "BestSemester" program.
"I began the application process last June," Lee said, "and was excited to be contacted last month with the news that I'd been accepted."
Lee learned about "BestSemester" during her freshman year at Judson. Judson is one of 111 North American colleges and universities and 70 international affiliates belonging to the CCCU and thus eligible to recommend students for admission to the fourteen various semesters of study.
Lee, who is double majoring in psychology and religion at Judson, will begin her Australian study on Feb. 17 and conclude on June 19. Her concentration at Wesley will include culture, politics and global issues with an emphasis on theology.
"I think this program will help me understand the point of view of others and will strengthen my faith because it will test my faith," Lee said. "I've been active in service-learning at Judson and have been challenged to 'step out of the box' and try to help others empower themselves."
The Australian program includes class time and three field trips including an "outback" trip to study land and the environment, a trip to Canberra to learn about foreign policy and an excursion to New Zealand to learn about the indigenous Mauri tribe.
Lee is a 2007 graduate of Smiths Station High School and the daughter of Greg and Renee Lee. She is a member of the Cornerstone Church of God in Columbus, Ga.
She is considering attending seminary in preparation for Christian ministry after graduating next June, though still undecided about which seminary to apply for.
"Christina is a fine student and a credit to our school," said Judson Vice President for Academic Affairs Sara Kiser. "I know this will be a life-changing experience for her and I trust we'll have other students take advantage of the 'BestSemester' programs of study."
After scholarships, Lee will need approximately $10,000 to pay for her study abroad.
Tax-deductible contributions for students involved in these programs may be made to the Global Missions fund at Judson's Office of Faith-Based Service and Learning.
The office telephone number is 334.683.5276 and the address is 302 Bibb Street, Marion, AL 36756.
* Article courtesy of the Judson College Public Relations Department.
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