By Pamela Gill
it’s not a studio backdrop; that’s the Grand
Canyon behind Grenfell science student Amy Snook.
Not many students can say they got a glimpse of the Grand
Canyon while completing courses toward a degree at their chosen
Amy Snook, a second-year environmental science student (chemistry
stream) at Grenfell, has done just that, thanks to the National
Student Exchange Program.
The National Student Exchange Program consists of a consortium
of American and Canadian universities and colleges; the program
facilitates study exchanges between participating campuses.
There are about 170 colleges and universities across the United
States and six Canadian campuses currently participating in
the program. Grenfell College joined the consortium during
the Winter 2001 semester.
“It’s an excellent opportunity for anyone,”
said Ms. Snook, who attended a technical university in New
Mexico during the fall semester. “I had just finished
my first year and got the itch to take time off, but didn’t
want to postpone my graduation. The NSE program allowed me
to combine my urge to travel with going to school. I had new
experiences and saw different things, but I’m still
on track academically.”
The Grand Canyon was an added bonus.
“It was a bit surreal,” she said. “You’ve
seen so many postcards… you’re there trying to
take in this expanse, and you get home and the pictures hardly
do it justice.”
Nicky Carlson, Grenfell’s NSE co-ordinator, says the
program is “the opportunity of a lifetime – you
get to pay Grenfell’s tuition, and study just about
anywhere in the United States and some parts of Canada.”
“Grenfell students need to have completed 10 courses
and have a minimum GPA of 2.5,” said Ms. Carlson. “They
should also be enrolled in a Grenfell degree program.”
Other Grenfell students have attended university in Oregon,
Hawaii, Florida, West Virginia and Quebec.
On the flipside, Grenfell has also enjoyed hosting students
from participating universities, places such as Quebec, Florida,
South Carolina and Kentucky.
“Participation in this program affords students an opportunity
to travel and study in different locations even though they
have chosen to study close to home,” said Ms. Carlson,
adding that Grenfell works with the partner universities to
make sure credits are transferable.
Ms. Carlson is currently recruiting for the fall 2004 semester.
Students seeking information about the National Student Exchange
Program can contact Ms. Carlson at firstname.lastname@example.org
or (709) 637-6200 ext. 6134.