Emily Alcock '17, Spanish and international studies major, shot this sunset, above, in Valle de la Luna, San Pedro de Atacama Desert, Chile, in spring 2016. She was studying in Valparaiso, Chile through International Studies Abroad.
Kalie Kampa '18, a management major, shared a photo of herself, right, with two other students on her USAC Oslo program in fall 2016. "This was taken in Tromso, Norway, which is above the Arctic Circle," she says. "I still look at this photo in disbelief that I actually witnessed these amazing northern lights."
International studies major Madison Speer '17 submitted this photo of students in Luther's Malta program during spring 2016. She says: "We were in the Sahara Desert in Morocco after staying the night with a Berber tribe in tents in the desert. Having taken the camels to get to the camp the night before, we were returning to the main city in the morning."
Daniel Fields '17, an accounting major, studied in Barcelona, Spain, during J-term 2017 through CIS Abroad. He took this photo in one of the most famous open markets in Barcelona, La Boqueria. Vendors sell fresh vegetables and fruits, a wide variety of meats and fish, cheeses, crafts, and even smoothies.
Spanish major Micah Cabbage '18 studied at La Universidad de Alicante in Spain with the program Spanish Studies Abroad during J-term and spring semester 2016. She says: "I took this photo because La Explanada is one of the main emblems of Alicante. It is a maritime promenade that runs from La Puerta del Mar to Canalejas Park and features many local artists and vendors along its long path. It also takes you to Postiguet Beach and gives you an amazing view of Santa Barbara Castle. Alicante is known for its port and also for its tourism, so I felt that this photo best represented Alicante as a city."
History major Johanna Beaupre '18 spent J-term 2017 in Tanzania with the People and Parks: Pastoralism and Conservation in East Africa course. She submitted this photo of Maasai dancing with Luther students.
Biology major Mikayla Brockmeyer '17 submitted this shot from a visit to the Maasai Bead and Education Project, which helps local women develop economic independence and stability. A Maasai woman helped Mikayla try on a bracelet the woman had made.
Kristen Carlson '19 says that during the East Africa course "We had many tough discussions about numerous issues in Tanzania revolving around conservation and tourism efforts and effects on native populations. Conversations such as the one depicted here were intellectually challenging and thought provoking, but took place in community and with the beautiful backdrop of Africa." Carlson is studying communication studies, music, and philosophy.
Biology major Genevieve Ehlers '19 snapped this photo at Stonehenge in Amesbury, England, where she was touring with the Tolkien and Lewis in Context course during J-term 2017. She says: "This memorable encounter begins with the shadows of new friends that I have gained through this J-term experience on the stones of the past at Stonehenge. This opportunity to travel changed my view on the world and the way the experiences of the two authors we studied inspired their writings."
Melissa Young '18 snapped this shot of Manarola, Italy, while traveling in Europe last fall. The sociology major was studying at Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland, during fall semester through International Studies Abroad.
Madison Speer '17 captured this photo of an iconic natural archway, known as the Azure Window, while she was on Luther's Malta program in spring 2016. About a year later, in March 2017, the formation collapsed into the sea during a powerful storm.
English major Hailey Hansen '17 studied in Greece with the course Ancient Greece: An Odyssey of Myth and History during J-term 2017. She says she took this picture at Palamidi Castle, an ancient fortress in Nafplio, because she loved how the castle window framed the view.
Aubree Tsurusaki ’17, studying elementary education, submitted this photo of herself and Elle Ross ’18 after they climbed Koko Head Crater on the island of Oahu, Hawaii, during January Term 2017. Tsurusaki was in Hawaii for a teaching methods practicum course in Mililani Town on Oahu, and Ross was completing an independent study through Luther’s nursing program. The hiking trail, Tsurusaki says, “consists of over 1,000 steep steps that are the remnants of an old railroad track. The top provides a breathtaking 360-degree view of the south end of Oahu and the Pacific Ocean.”