Quinn Hefferan Nordlund is a junior who is majoring in international
relations and has plans to apply to Grand Valley's speech-language
pathology master's degree program. Nordlund will travel to Germany in
September for a year-long program and said the opportunity combines
aspects of both academic programs.
"I wanted to have an international perspective because I would
like to work with kids in English as a Second Language programs,"
Nordlund said. "After being in Germany for a year, I will come
back with more empathy and understanding for students who might be
struggling with language skills."
Nordlund has relatives who live in Germany and spent time with them
last summer, even learning to drive in the country. She said her
passion for global travel started when her family in Newaygo began
hosting high school exchange students.
She will experience history during her stay. Nordlund will live in
Munich and stay in the same residential area that housed athletes
competing in the 1972 Olympics, when terrorists killed two Israeli
athletes and took others hostage.
Nordlund received the Barbara H. Padnos International Scholarship,
presented to undergraduate students who are studying abroad for more
than one semester.
Kobe Wright earned a Mark A. and Elizabeth C. Murray Scholarship,
designed to support students who want to study abroad but might not be
able to afford to do so without financial assistance.
Wright, who is majoring in film and video production, will study in
Japan during the Fall 2023 semester. A longtime fan of animation,
manga and Japanese culture, Wright has been looking forward to delving
into the country's history and language.
"Japanese was not offered at my high school but I tried to learn
as much as I could about the language before coming to Grand
Valley," he said. "It's such a beautiful language and I
can't wait to go to soak up all I can about the culture and the country."
The PIC recently hosted an event for its Murray, Padnos and Secchia
scholarship recipients. This marks the first year a group of students
earned Ambassador Peter F. Secchia International Studies Scholarships,
established by former U.S. ambassador to Italy, Peter F. Secchia, and
his wife, Joan, through his estate. Students who earn a Secchia
Scholarship receive $5,000 to study in Italy.