From documenting travels abroad to sharing video clips and photos of campus events and College Village weekend excursions—students at Genesee Community College are blogging about their personal college experiences. Genesee has created two new student blogs that feature current students writing about what’s happening on campus and where they have been traveling.
The first blog is the “GCC Abroad” that features students participating in study abroad experiences and can be found at www.GCCBlogs.wordpress.com. The second blog is the “GCC Campus” and currently features two students blogging about the various student-centered events at Genesee in Batavia and can be found at www.GCCCampusBlog.wordpress.com.
In the “GCC Abroad” blog, Leah Reino of Farmersville, NY, documents her travels to Australia as a Biotechnology student spending eight weeks in Brisbane in a Medical-Pathology study abroad program. She departed in August and recently returned on October 8. She will complete her portion of the blog with some final reflections as she returns to the United States and settles back into her student routine. In the near future, this blog will continue to showcase various students and faculty members as they travel beyond Batavia and the GLOW region (Genesee, Livingston, Orleans, and Wyoming counties) for academic studies. From Australia to The Netherlands, Costa Rica, Ireland, and Brazil, this blog will be a resource for classmates, friends, family and colleagues to experience life in a foreign country or far-away place through the eyes of a GCC student or faculty member.
The second blog, “GCC Campus” features two Genesee students, Kiley Conklin of Geneva, NY and Ebony Reece of the Bronx, NY as they document an assortment of events and opportunities happening at or around the College. Both students live at College Village, the student residence community adjacent to the Batavia Campus, and they highlight various events and outings that College Village offers to residents. They documented trips to Darien Lake and the Lockport Caves, as well as campus events such as salsa dancing and live performances by local musicians. The blog not only features their commentary on the event, but also multimedia elements that enhance the reader’s experience. Photos, slideshows, video clips and links provide for an engaging digital conversation between the student blogger and the reader.
“Blogging in general encourages an exchange of stories and information, and we are delighted that some of our students are sharing their GCC experiences with a wider audience through the Internet,” Dr. Eunice Bellinger, executive vice president for Academic Affairs said. “On any given day there is just so much happening here and blogging offers the perfect platform for students to express their first-hand knowledge about college life and learning. Readers not only appreciate what’s happening on or around campus, but they can comment on the postings and the bloggers can write back. These conversations cover many events occurring here in Batavia and GLOW, but also around the world with GCC’s growing Study Aboard programs.”
Currently, Genesee’s new Study Abroad / Study Away webpage boasts several upcoming opportunities for students to earn college credit at locations far removed from the GLOW region, including Dominican Republic, Costa Rica, New York City, Ireland, the Netherlands, and Australia. For more information go to: http://www.genesee.edu/academics/studyabroad/
A third blog that Genesee has developed is the “GCC GLOW Region History Co-Op” blog, spearheaded by GCC History instructor, Derek Maxfield. This blog is dedicated to promoting and preserving the rich historical landscape of Western New York. The blog can be found at www.glowhistory.wordpress.com.
To find out more visit all three Genesee Community College blogs at www.wordpress.com.
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