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In 2016, Emily Nolting headed to the Summer Program in German & European Studies in Heidelberg, Germany, having taken minimal German language classes. She couldn’t pass up the opportunity to immerse herself in the culture of one of Europe’s most charming cities while earning nine credit hours for the experience.
“I always wanted to see the world.”
Dennis Miller, ’72, had a lot of interests while in college, but didn’t know exactly what he wanted to do except travel. Heidelberg helped him realized his goal and find a career about which he was passionate.
“They were formative years for me,” he said. “It was such a personal campus.”
His time at Heidelberg was impacted by the environmental movement that started in the ’60s. Miller called it his early activism stage.
When Emily Stammitti-Campbell, ’03, took a scuba diving class as a physical education elective at Heidelberg, she had no idea where it would lead.
“I was amazed at the number of things underwater and wished there was a place I could dive and study the history of it,” said Stammitti-Campbell.
Turns out there was much more.
“At 18, I had no clue about how things might fit into my life later, but I absolutely loved that scuba class.”
An increasingly obvious and significant fact of life is that we live in a nation and in a world comprised of a multitude of cultures and characterized by diversity. Cultural pluralism, of course, is not a new phenomenon in the United States. From the beginning of our nation’s history, the fabric of American life has been woven from the threads of a rich variety of cultures and subcultures. Although a unique American way of life has emerged from this mix, the various cultures contributing to the makeup of the dominant “American” culture continue to exist and thrive.
In her part of the world, Ruba Asbahi, ’90, is unique. Actually, her life experiences make her unique wherever she goes.
“There are two cultures integrated into who I am,” she said.
Asbahi has dual citizenship in both the United States and Syria. She was born in Bowling Green, Ohio, while her parents were in graduate school. They were both international students from Syria. She lived in the U.S. until she was 6 when her family moved to Syria and then to Saudi Arabia.