Picture This

Each year, Kent State students participate in off-campus study away/study abroad programs and internships in locations across the country and around the world. And they take photos—lots and lots of photos. Here are just a few shots students shared with us from the past year.


Acacia Freeman (Westerville, Ohio)
Senior (major, applied communication; minor, advertising)
RA International Exchange Program
November 2018
Melbourne, Australia

Loch Ard Gorge
“Ten resident assistants (RAs) were the first group from Kent State chosen to go on an RA International Exchange trip for a week in November to learn about residence services at Deakin University in Melbourne, Australia—and their resident leaders (RLs) came to see us for a week in June. It was a great experience, and we still talk with each other on a regular basis. During our time in Australia, we got to go sightseeing. This photo [taken at Port Campbell National Park, Victoria, Australia] is of one of the prettiest beaches I have ever been to. The water was extremely blue, but ice cold.”

Tropical Field Biology Research Program

Leah Cavanaugh (Richmond, Ohio)
Senior (dual major, environmental conservation biology and environmental studies)
Tropical Field Biology Research Program
Winter break, December 2017-January 2018
La Selva Biological Station, Costa Rica

Small But Dangerous
“On a tour our first day there, the La Selva Biological Station staff pointed out this baby eyelash viper, one of Costa Rica’s many native venomous snake species. This one was so small we hadn’t noticed it, even with its bright yellow coloring. In La Selva, my research group studied the effect of forest complexity on the diversity of herpetofauna [reptiles and amphibians of a particular region] in a secondary forest, which made this observation of an eyelash viper exciting!”

Rwanda, Central Africa

Pacifique Niyonzima, MA ’19 (Rwanda, Central Africa)
(Major, higher education administration with certification in internationalization)
“Rwanda After Genocide” course
Spring semester 2019
Rwanda, Central Africa

Helping Hands
“In summer 2018, I received an internship at the University of Rwanda to establish a mutual partnership between KSU and the University of Rwanda. On my return, I connected with Dr. Leslie Heaphy, a professor of history at the Kent State Stark campus, who designed a study abroad course to focus on the events surrounding the 1994 Genocide in Rwanda, my native country, and how the country and people have searched for peace and reconciliation since. 

"I organized all of the activities to meet the learning outcomes of the class and led a group of 13 KSU students, who arrived in Rwanda on March 22, 2019, for 10 days. They participated in activities and lectures at the University of Rwanda, public institutions and private organizations. This photo shows the soil-stained hands of the KSU students and other volunteers who took part in a local community service known as “Umuganda,” a national cleanup day, which happens on the last Saturday of every month.”

Students in Plane

Nathaniel Bailey (Kent, Ohio)
Senior (major, journalism)
2019 Reinke Grant for Visual Storytelling
Summer 2019
Harrison County, Kentucky

High Startle Response
“As a 2019 Reinke Grant Recipient, my goal was to document the people and places of Harrison County, Ky. Here, Oden Oraelosi and Parker Harris of Lexington, Ky., react as airport chairman Bobby Craft sends his plane into a dive during the Young Eagles event at the Harrison County Airport. The two boys were making noises into the headset, and Craft put the plane into a dive to quiet them down.”

Show Us Your Best Study Away/Study Abroad Shot!

With study away/study abroad programs in place for majors from accounting to zoology and numerous places to go, we’re sure you have taken some amazing photos over the years. Enter our Study Away/Study Abroad Photo Contest by July 1, 2020, for your chance to win an Amazon gift card, with selected photos to be published in the fall/winter 2020-21 issue of Kent State Magazine. Entries will be judged by University Communications and Marketing staff photographers and by popular vote. To enter, submit your high resolution photo and fill out the requested form.

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POSTED: Thursday, October 31, 2019 10:51 AM
UPDATED: Friday, December 09, 2022 09:22 AM