Go Away

“Go away,” said Marc Pinheiro-Cadd, who holds a Phd. in German. “Anyone who feasibly can and has the least bit of interest should go away and study abroad.”

This is exactly what student Mackenzie Busekist did her spring semester of 2016. Drake International has made it possible for Busekist and many other Drake students to experience the world.
When looking into studying abroad, Busekist struggled. “I had no idea imageswhat I was doing, where I wanted to go, or what program to use,” Busekist said. “The Drake study abroad program was so helpful.”

On Sept. 13, Drake International officially allowed students to have access to a new program called Terra Dotta.

Morgan Springer, study abroad adviser, said Drake previously had an application system called Horizons. “Terra Dotta is a new way for Drake to track students who are going abroad or who are interested in going,” said Springer.

According to the study abroad website, Drake has connections in 70 countries and more than 500 programs. The new system makes the application process more efficient and compatible for the students. To start the study abroad process, one must complete Education Abroad 101. This is a 30 minute presentation informing students on the different program options and the financial aid available. Once completing the presentation, a survey is given so students can fill out their major and where they plan to study. This is so the right adviser can be selected for that particular student.

After going through the process, Busekist decided Rome, Italy, and before she left, set personal goals for herself to accomplish.

“I wanted to go outside my comfort zone,” Busekist said. “If I can figure out how to navigate around Rome alone, then I can do so much.”

Springer and Pinheiro-Cadd can attest that studying abroad helps accomplish personal goals and results in individual growth. Springer’s experience to Uganda impacted her life to an extent that she is now advising and helping people realize the importance of studying abroad.

Pinheiro-Cadd has been working with the abroad program for all 12 years he has been at Drake. His interest with the program came from his one-year stay in Germany.

“Living abroad can be a transformative experience,” Pinheiro-Cadd said. “You ask yourself questions you wouldn’t have typically asked.”

Pinheiro-Cadd realized that students come back with distinguished skills which are then highlighted in their jobs at home.

“Students are not always in control when abroad,”  Pinheiro-Cadd said. “They have to guess intelligently and become better observers because there are a lot of other ways to think and do things.”

Springer wanted to add advice for students applying for the study abroad program. “Keep an open mind when traveling and especially when choosing a program,” Springer said. “There is a program that fits a student’s major and desires better.”

“You don’t really know that the rest of the world is out there,” Pinheiro-Cadd said. “As cliche as it seems, I believe it could be a life changing experience.”


Written by Maric Salocker

Continue Reading

Sorority Recruitment 2016

When Julia Gutsch opened her invitation to become a new member to Kappa Alpha Theta, she was elated. The Panhellenic Council made it possible for Gutsch and about 150 women to finally find a new home away from home.

Sororities prepared for the most critical week of the year—recruitment week. Drake University held the four day recruitment process the second week of September. Potential new members at this time visited five sorority chapters, eliminating a house per night. On the final day of recruitment, potential new members received a bid from a house that was mutually selected and then joined their new sisters.

“What most people do not understand is the process that is taken for recruitment,”  Panhellenic President Madeline Hasley said.

Recruitment planning has been going on since February. As someone who oversees the Panhellenic Council, Hasley has put in hours of work to make recruitment successful for women. The Panhellenic president coordinates with chapters to ensure everything runs smoothly and reviews the bylaws and constitutions so they are overall more inclusive.

When she was not conducting Panhellenic meetings, she was attending leadership conferences so that she could continue to learn better techniques.  Hasley was assisted by a team of 12 other members, an adviser, and 25 Rho Gammas.

Rho Gammas were women in the chapters who had to be disaffiliated during recruitment in order to lead a group of potential new members.

“I had such a positive experience that I wanted to give back,” previous Rho Gamma Jessica Berei said. “We were there to help the women get to where they needed to be, but mainly to give an unbiased opinion especially when they couldn’t make a decision.”

The most challenging aspect of recruitment was the emotional toll that it had played. “The toughest part was seeing recruitment not have a positive impact on some people,” Berei said. “It was hard not being able to do anything about it.”

Hasley noted that it was not logistically possible for every woman to get a bid from their favorite chapter.

“I found my home easily,” Hasley said. “It’s hard to relate to certain women who can’t find what I found.”

Sophomore Julia Gutsch can attest to recruitment not working out. Gutsch had previously gone through recruitment as a first year, but ended up dropping out halfway through the week.

“I knew what to expect this year when going through recruitment again,” Gutsch said. “It’s a stressful week, but its a fun process and overall rewarding.”

Hasley and Berei both said the best part about their positions was seeing the women find the right chapter where they fit in.

Berei wanted to add advice for women that plan to go through next year. “Be yourself and do not be nervous,” Berei said.

Women go into recruitment hearing preconceived notions about the other chapters and try to fit in with the house they want to be in. “At the end of recruitment, you fit in where you fit in,” Berei said.

“One of the best parts about recruitment was seeing the potential new members receive bids from their favorite chapter,” Hasley said. “But the best was returning back to everyone where I found my home.”

Continue Reading