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Adventure Literature Course: The Beach
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Amanda Thoet

Amanda Thoet

Major: English and Communication Arts and Sciences
Minor: Rhetoric and German
Hometown: Allentown, PA

How did you learn about this opportunity?

One of my friends completed an Adventure Literature course before and loved it. I also saw advertisements for the courses through various Liberal Arts listservs.

Tell us a little bit about your experience.

As part of an Adventure Literature course entitled "The Beach," we spent a week over Spring Break in South Carolina exploring the low country. Prior to our trip, we read various literary works about the low country and we were trained for the kayaking portion as well. Once we arrived in South Carolina, we kayaked almost every day through swamps, rice canals and the inter-coastal waterway, culminating in a camping expedition on an uninhabited barrier reef island.

How did this experience impact you academically?

This trip opened my eyes up to a new way of learning and helped me to appreciate how education is interdisciplinary through the combination of an English class and a Kinesiology class. I also gained a greater appreciation for nature through my first time camping.

"This trip opened my eyes up to a new way of learning and helped me to appreciate how education is interdisciplinary through the combination of an English class and a Kinesiology class."

What are your career goals and plans?  How did this experience impact them?

I am completing a Fulbright in Germany this upcoming year. This trip helped me to appreciate other ways of life and learn to adapt to different styles of living which will definitely be useful in my year abroad.

Would you recommend this experience to other Liberal Arts students?

I would highly recommend this experience because it was not your ordinary English class. We read works of literature about the low country prior to our trip and then got to experience first-hand what life was like for the authors who wrote those works. It was a very hands-on class and the professors and instructors were passionate about the class and adventurous.

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