Two Clayton State University School of Business students have created a video documenting the University’s first Maymester study abroad trip to the nation of Turkey.
Dana Sweatt (Fayetteville) and Sarah Satcher (Kapolei, Hawaii) returned from their May 2010 trip to Turkey determined to do more than just fulfill the course requirement to make a presentation about their experience. Perhaps, according to Clayton State Director of International Programs, they were spurred on by the success of the trip.
“It was the most successful study abroad trip ever for Clayton State: 17 students, mostly MBA students; three Turkish students as student-guides; faculty members Dr. Diane Prince and Dr. Micheal Deis; and my assistant, Cele Blair,” says Parkerson in recounting the trip.
Or perhaps, when you have two such outstanding students, creative ideas come naturally.
“Both Dana and I share the interest of travelling to different places, and before we went to Turkey we came up with the idea to document our trip via video, so that we could use a video for our presentation,” says Satcher. “I made and edited the video, and the whole concept of the video was Dana's idea.”
A 2007 graduate of Kapolei High School, Satcher is currently a junior in the Clayton State School of Business, majoring in Marketing. She reports that they also have a website that goes along with the video and gives a more in-depth look into the trip, including the curriculum, the places toured, and the people they met.
“Dana made the website that goes with the video,” says Satcher, reporting that the URL is http://www.wix.com/dspsvs/sand. “We are more than happy to share our presentation with everybody so that they can experience at least a little bit of the Turkey that we experienced.”
The video is on the website under the "About Me" page. There are also plans to put the finished video on YouTube and link to the Clayton State Office of International Programs website, http://adminservices.clayton.edu/oip/.
Sweatt is an undergraduate pre-business major who initially attended Clayton State University’s Clayton State – Fayette instructional site in Peachtree City. A “non-traditional” student, meaning it has been more than five years since she graduated from high school, Sweatt’s ultimate goal is to earn her MBA, a program that is also available at Clayton State – Fayette.
“What initially attracted me to Clayton State was the new Peachtree City site,” she says. “My first semester in PTC provided a comfortable re-entry back into school, a challenging curriculum, quality professors and a helpful staff. Differences were embraced as the norm and Clayton State’s faculty helped with scheduling and advising that best fit my needs. My reservations about going back to school quickly faded.”