Thursday, August 3, 2017

The Magellan Project

Out-of-focus picture off of the overlook in Vasto, Italy

What is Magellan?

Magellan is a project designed and unique to Washington and Jefferson College.. The project allows for students to travel wherever they please to perform a project. This project can range from internships at home to the other side of the world studying a passion.

The Magellan Project has given me and many other students a great experience to travel and see the world.

The students wishing to perform a project complete a list including:
  • a personal statement.
  • an essay describing your project
  • a budget for food, transportation, lodging, and anything else you feel is necessary
  • and the contacts that you plan to meet while on your trip

  • Going to Italy for five weeks has given me a new sense of confidence. I dealt with problems during my travels that I wouldn't have thought that I would have needed to deal with. Most often I would have freaked out, but I did not have that option during this trip.

    This trip has caused me to grow and learn about myself. I met a lot of interesting people young and old. People that I hope to see again.

    Washington and Jefferson College has given me a great opportunity and one that has impacted my future goals.

    Thursday, July 27, 2017

    Life After Magellan & Self Assessment

    The Project:

    So, my project what very hard to narrow down on what exactly I wanted to study. I had a few variables at fist and couldn't pin-point on what my hypothesis was. Later, during my project I figured out what questions I was really asking myself.

    I put together a survey, guideline for topical conversations.

    Survey Questions:

    ·        Gender
    ·        Age/ birthdate
    ·        Occupation
    ·        Highest level of education
    ·        Did you go to college
    o   Where
    o   Major
    o   Average tuition
    ·        How effective do you feel the Italian Republic is for your needs
    ·        What region do you currently live in, if applicable
    ·        Are you planning on living outside of Italy for your career
    o   0-1; 1-2; 3-5; 5-10
    o   What country?
    o   Why this particular country?
    ·        What did your parents/ familial generations do for their small business
    o   Regional area – town
    o   How many generations are in this business
    ·        What do you feel is the biggest obstacle in today’s modern economy?
    ·        Do you wish to continue being a part of the EU?
    ·        If you could change the country, what would you change?
    This survey gave me a lot of insight on the research I did before I left. I read articles on how the general public is feeling on particular topics and others on facts from other researchers on the Italian economy.
    The Itinerary:
    June 5-7
    June 7-11
    June 11-14
    June 14-17
    June 17-21
    June 21-23
    June 23-25
    June 25-27
    June 27-30
    Lake Como
    June 30-3
    Throughout my travels around Italy, the results from the survey varied a little amount. I received over fifty surveys and everyone I interviewed was a millennial and were students in college (the ages ranged from 17-28 in my surveys). The colleges were in the cities or regions I was currently in. The tuition was just a few thousand Euros and went as low as a few hundred to nothing. Now, the juicy part. EVERYONE was not satisfied with the Republic and was very scared for their future in their country. The changing part was if they would stay in Italy. Most wanted to leave due to not being able to get a job after graduation, while those who wanted to stay were due to family.

    Doing this project was very rewarding and if I were able, I would continue to research this topic. I was very nervous to see how I would receive enough data to do my project; however, I received a decent amount. If I could go back, I would change how timid I was. I struggled in talking to people when my prescheduled interviews fell through. I would adjust my budget. I know it is hard to gauge money before a trip, but I was so far off. Other than those, I did much better than I expected. I did really well with being out of my comfort zone and grounding myself to find solutions to overwhelming situations. I loved the opportunity I was given and wish I would have done a Magellan sooner.

    The next ten years are going to be interesting to watch. I am predicting a huge emigration of Italians to neighboring countries for work, especially from the north. I am interested to see if this will help fix the never ending crisis Italy is facing.

    Monday, July 24, 2017

    About Me

    Hello! My name is Savannah Campbell. I am from a small little village in Ohio called Glenford. I came to W&J to broaden my horizons and find a new love for education. I am now a rising senior majoring in accounting. Through this major, I am aspiring to be a CPA and in long-term, live abroad working in a larger CPA firm.

    Within W&J, I am involved in Greek-Life. I am a sister of Pi Beta Phi Fraternity, and have an executive position - Vice President of Administration - in the house. Being an executive officer, I hold Pi Phi's core values to heart, and take them with me wherever I go.

    Outside of school I teach gymnastics at a local gym in Washington. I have been teaching this sport for six years now! In my free-time, I like to learn Italian and find ideas on Pinterest.

    Thursday, June 22, 2017

    Southern Italy

    Well. Southern Italy happened. That's really all I have to say about it. I really didn't like this experience.

    Breannah and I arrived in Salerno three days ago. The trip arriving didn't make the wondrous mind have any ease. 

    Upon arrival we took a train, or should I say trains from Vasto. Before we even initially made it one our first train it was a half hour late. That wasn't too bad because we still had 25 minutes after our arrival to catch our connecting train. Now, we ended up sitting in first class because when our train arrived it gave us 30 seconds to get to our cabins... we didn't make it. 

    We asked some ladies if we could sit with them and told them our situation. They allowed us to and it proved to have very good conversation through Google Translate. It was good to talk to people because our train proceeded to be stopped on the tracks for another hour.

    We missed our connecting train.

    The next one to Salerno was 5 hours from then. By that point it would be almost Midnight and we have been warned many times by various people, including the kind people on our first train to be extra careful. Salerno is very dangerous.

    So we took the next best route. We road a bus to Melfi and then caught two more very small trains. At least these were on time. I actually very much enjoyed these trains because I saw parts of Italy that I never thought I would see. Some beautiful mountains and rolling hills accompanied by youth fight clubs and drugs. 

    When we arrived in Salerno it was dark, so we took a taxi to our destination. I had no clue which way we were going because the driver was so erratic with his driving; weaving and dodging people out enjoying their evenings. 

    We spent the next day in Amalfi and took a ferry to get there. I have never seen water so blue and clear before. After this day, I can now say that I swam in the Mediterranean, had the greatest chicken salad of my life and fit on a bus with twice the occupancy level. 

    Southern Italy offered many great insights on Italy. Many scary realities and breathtaking sights. After being in southern Italy now twice, I don't think I need to return to see those sights again.

    We took a day-trip to see Pompeii. This was the greatest experience. This took me back to high school when I took Latin and loved every day of those classes. I took lots of pictures!


    Wednesday, June 14, 2017

    Arrivederci Venezia

    Venice had so many amazing things happening all at once.
    I had been to Venice before and wasn't expecting much from it. Bringing my sister along with me was the greatest thing I could've done for myself. Bringing someone with a brand new sense of adventure to a brand new place is exciting, frustrating, and enthralling. 

    We stayed in San Marco only a few minutes walk through the labyrinth to San Marco Piazza. This was the first time I had been in a hostel and I was honestly very nervous for it. Especially since the hostel itself was not very clean or appeared so. The beds were fine and ended up being cleaner than the Airbnb that we stayed in Padova.

    The hostel owner was more than welcoming and upgraded Breannah and I to a private airconditioned room! The owner even let us do our laundry for free. It was a great experience.

    We didn't get to experience any festivals like we did in Milan; however, we experienced masses of people. There were more English speakers here and there was more availability to English things. That was good for us because the water busses were a little more complicated than the Metro in Milan.

    Something was great about visiting Venice for four nights. There were attractions we visited that I didn't get to even notice the first time I was here. Like the ISLANDS!! San Marco is great and all... But let's talk about Murano and Burano! Wow. That is all I have to say about those islands. Murano was cool because we were able to see glassblowing and took some fun pictures with welcoming strangers from Uganda (which one of the older glassblowers loves pictures)

    Now Burano was amazing and may have captured my heart. The bright colors and diversity upon the fisherman who inhabitated the island made me feel very welcomed and homey. 
     This was an side canal we found when lost on Burano Side Canal Accidental pictures make the best ones right?

    The next day we made it Lido. This island was very clean and more modernized than all of the other islands. It almost resembled a suburbia in the United States. We took a beach day in Lido and boy it was a hot day, easily 85 degrees in the shade. If I were to come back to Venice, this is the place I would want to stay. 
      Needless to say, Venice was good to us.

    Everyday in Venice offered me new opportunities, new excitement, new wonders, and new concerns. Everyday I was forced to step out of my comfort zone, and though it may be scary, I have been able to be more relaxed in situations! That is a big feat for me and I hope that everyone can feel this joy of overcoming a fear or anxiety in social situations. 

    Now, as far as my surveys: I have few completed from this city. However through conversations with young Italians, I gathered a gist of what their opinions are on their government and what they want changed. Most of them wouldn't leave Italy even though they don't like their economy. Just through conversations I had at restaurants and "bars" I have just as many surveys. The conversations included ages 18-22 year olds and the Venice surveys I have are from 25/26 year olds.

    The Magellan Project

     Out-of-focus picture off of the overlook in Vasto, Italy What is Magellan? Magellan is a project designed and unique to Washin...