September 8, 2016
SSU student Ethan Lawson has planned to study abroad at SSU’s sister university.
Shawnee State University student Ethan Lawson has planned to study abroad at SSU’s sister university, Ludwisburg University, in Germany for the full 2016-17 academic year.
“It is common for students to study abroad for a semester, but it is remarkable when a student wants to study abroad for the full year,” said Ryan Warner, Director of the Center for International Programs & Activities. “Ethan is truly beating the odds and embarking on a wonderful academic journey and I know that myself and the SSU community are very proud of him. Less than 1% of all U.S. college students graduate with a study abroad experience with most only going for a short-term summer program because of financial situations.”
Lawson, of Minford, Ohio, is a junior at SSU pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in International Relations with a minor in Political Science and History. According to him, Dr. Hadjiyannis, Professor of Political Science and International Relations at SSU, has always encouraged and taught his students that to understand the interworking of different countries, one has to open his/her eyes to the world by experience and travel.
“Due to the way the school year is set up in Germany, it would be incredibly difficult to go just for one semester, but the main reason I have decided to go for the entire academic year is because I believe it is the best way to truly immerse myself into the culture,” said Lawson. “I chose Germany because my ancestors came from Germany in the 1900s so my family has always instilled a strong German heritage.”
Lawson is also a fan of history, specifically on World War II, and thought Germany would be the opportunity of a lifetime to see the places his great uncle saw during his time in the 101st Airborne division. He hopes during this time abroad he will be able to learn to speak German fluently, make plenty of friends, as well as bring a new perspective back to Scioto County from all the new places he will see.
“I just want to acknowledge a few people who have been the most supportive and encouraging towards making this decision; Dr. Hadjiyannis, Ryan Warner, as well as Dr. Piontek, Associate Professor of English & Humanities at SSU. They all have encouraged me to go out and travel the world to gain a different perspective of the world we live in,” said Lawson.
Lawson is set to leave on Sept. 25 for Ludwisburg Universtiy.
“Ethan clearly understands the value of a study abroad experience and is invested in learning not only the German language, but the German culture. He knows this will be advantageous and beneficial for him as an International Relations major. We look forward to all of the positive growth he will make after spending a year abroad and the stories and experiences he will be taking back to share with us,” said Warner.
For more information about the study abroad programs available at SSU, please contact Warner at (740) 351-3127 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.