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Living a Life Full of Travel – Final Story revised

Traveling the world is not everyone’s ultimate passion, but for one Piedmont College student it’s all she has ever known.  From adventures near her hometown to long international journeys, she has seen many indescribable sites that will stay with her for a lifetime.

“I have been travelling longer than I have been able to walk,” says Caitlin Parker, a history major at Piedmont College.  “At three weeks old I took my first trip to camping on the beach with my family, and at six weeks we traveled to South Carolina.”

On Wednesday, April 17, Piedmont College hosted its first annual Piedmont Research Innovation and Discovery Exhibition in the Swanson Center.  This event was held to give students the opportunity to present any research they have done over the year, share unique experiences they have been involved in or present their capstone presentations.  It was a huge success with over 130 students presenting throughout the course of five hours.

“Throughout the day, students discussed their research, described how study-away programs broadened their horizon, and performed works that inspire them,” says John Roberts.  

These study-away programs mentioned by Roberts are called Maymesters at Piedmont and this is where Caitlin Parker is able to continue her passion of travel, while still obtaining credits for classes.  She was one of the many presenters at the P.R.I.D.E event last week talking about Maymesters, gaining the attention of many listeners with her topic “Travelling enhances education.”

“Travelling is just in my family’s blood,” says Parker.  “Any chance we get on holidays or time off to spend together we just go somewhere new and exciting.”

Aruba, Mexico, the Caribbean Islands and Arizona are just a few places where Parker has gained new knowledge and experience for her works in history at school.  It wasn’t until she came to Piedmont, however, that she was able to travel across the world to England and Peru.  Piedmont’s Maymesters are a great opportunity for her to continue to explore areas of the world and learn more about the history of this earth she has never seen before.

“When I was at Buckingham Palace in England, It was completely life changing just to be able to stand in front of something so beautiful,” says Parker.  “Being a history major it really helps to see these amazing structures in person to appreciate them and learn more about them.  Architecture that has been standing since the Roman Empire has a lot of rich history to it.”

Last year, Parker took yet another chance to see a different area of the world by flying to Peru with the Piedmont College Maymester crew.  Having gained new experience in England the year before, she was ready to take on this adventure with a different group of students and learn more about the culture’s in Latin America. 

“My favorite place in Peru was definitely Machu Pichu.  Sitting on top of one of the seven wonders of the world at 15,000 feet elevation was incredible and something I’ll never forget,” Parker says.

In Peru, there are many different styles of living and a vast variety of how the locals make a living.  From farmers to expert basket weavers, Peru has a culture very different than that of America’s and Caitlin experienced it first-hand.

“We saw three women taking the time to hand weave blankets, mittens and scarves out of materials from Alpacas or other mammals,” Parker says.  “They talked to us about their traditions and how it relates to their customs in Peru.” 

Without Piedmont’s Maymester program, she would never have been able to gain experience for international travel. Parker has become a better world traveler in the past two years and now she can share her stories with the people who taught her the importance of exploring: her family back home.  From a young age her mother engrained the importance of experiencing the adventure and encouraged Caitlin to get out in the world.

Parker is a prime example of how people can start to understand and appreciate the differences we all have in culture and ways of life.  Once students step out of their comfort zones, they will begin to broaden their horizons and shape the way they live their life.

“There’s only so much a professor and textbook can teach you and once you’re out there on your own experiencing new traditions, you will learn more than you ever imagined,” says Parker.  “There’s so much to see beyond campus…beyond the States.  You just have to get out there and find it.”


Caitlin Parker

John Roberts

Reading Response 10

In Chapters 12 and 13, Filak discusses laws and ethics. Chapter 12 talks about how the law is constantly changing and that good reporters should always keep their heads up on what is going on in the field of media law. Filak also relays the importance of being careful no matter what your publishing, wether it be a short tweet or a published article. Just use caution.

When it comes to ethics, Filak says it is important to understand ethics and know that they are very important for reporters and journalists. If you ignore ethics then you put your credibility at risk and your readers might stop paying attention to your work. He also talks about how important it is to adapt your ethics and change the way you work. It is important to use ethical standards that you can support and actually hold onto than it is to “fake” the concept of good ethics.

Disaster Drill Story

Massive explosions, clouds of smoke and bloody victims set the scene.  Fire trucks are heard in the background as people begin screaming for help.  There are no thoughts, only action, for the nursing majors at Piedmont College as they participate in their first scenario of saving lives. 

“Most of the nurses here are juniors or seniors, so they’re just a little ways away from working in a hospital,” says Dave Palmer from District 2 Public Health.  “The smoke, the noise, the lights.  This is what they will be faced with when they graduate into their careers.” 

On Wednesday, March 27, Piedmont College held its annual disaster drill for senior nursing students to gain real-world experience.  At approximately 10 a.m an explosion went off in the paint shop of the Swanson Center, “harming” the junior nursing students who played victims in the fire.  With over 100 senior nursing students waiting to tend to the wounded, EMS and first responders began racing toward the college for medical assistance. 

“Shortly after the explosion, Demorest Fire and Police Department arrived on scene.  Followed by Habersham County Medical Center and EMS, Habersham Fire Department and Homeland Security,” says Piedmont Police Chief Jim Andrews.  “Habersham Search and Rescue even had their dogs out searching for another bomb.”

The main goal of the R.H College of Nursing and Health Sciences at Piedmont is to make this drill appear as realistic as they possibly can.  A long period of planning goes into the event so that Habersham County and the Piedmont College faculty members can provide a thrilling experience for the students. 

“We gained approval for this year’s theme over the summer and planning for the drill began shortly after,” says Assistant Professor of Nursing Karen Greilich.  “Multi-agency meetings took place trying to figure out victims, simulated injuries and where the landing of an aircraft could occur.”

Professor of Theatre Henry Johnson made the explosive material for the fake bomb and was amazed at the success and realistic scenario of this year’s drill. 

“It’s a very extensive facility… all the props are made of combustible materials so a fire could easily start here,” says Johnson.  “Combining all of these realistic elements will surely prepare the nursing students for their careers.”

JP Kircher Interview

The bags are packed, the car is started and the friends are waiting.  An exciting adventure awaits one collegiate golfer and his acquaintances as they leave the comforts of their hometown.

“I caddied all summer and made a bunch of money so I could spend it all across the country,” says JP Kircher, now head golf coach at Piedmont College. “We left Rochester, N.Y and started our two-week adventure.” 

Kircher graduated from Huntingdon College in 2011, where he played on the men’s golf team, winning two All-American titles.  After graduation, Kircher got news that his buddy, Mike Short, was going for his Ph.D at Stanford, and the idea for a journey unfolds.  A road trip in the fall of 2011 from their home of Rochester, New York across America to Stanford, California begins.  Their first stop…Chicago. 

“There’s no cooler way to see the city than from the water,” says Kircher.  “We did a boat tour and learned about Chicago’s unique architecture.”

Kircher and Short head for Vail, Colorado, driving through open plains that seem endless, seeing the flat part of the country.  Until arriving in Vail where the mountains are now endless and everywhere you look is a scene of towering peaks. 

A trek through the mountains followed Vail, as the two companions drive to Phoenix, Arizona.  Adding another passenger on the trip, the two picked up Troop, a friend of Short’s.

“Troop is always up for an adventure,” says Short.  “He was fun to have along for the ride.” 

Arizona provided many different experiences.  Rafting down a river in a tube, surrounded by canyons and cliffs, is something he will remember. 

“What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas.”  This tagline describes the friend’s next stop, Las Vegas.  A city known for its nightclubs and gambling, it is a recent college graduate’s paradise. These three travelers enjoyed the experience and lived in the moment here.

“Vegas was a mess, we didn’t do much productive stuff in Vegas,” Kircher says. 

Driving from Las Vegas to Monterey, California involves a lot of adventure.  Riding along the Pacific Coast Highway, twists and turns take breaths away as the car rides along steep edges of cliffs dropping into the Pacific Ocean.  Before heading to San Francisco, Monterey provided new looks at the country.

“We kayaked in the Monterey Bay and saw so much marine life,”  says Kircher.  “The restaurants were so unique and the food was incredible.”

Wrapping up the trip, Kircher, Troop and Short drove through San Francisco where they toured the big city and said there last goodbyes as Short got dropped off at Stanford shortly after. 

“I wouldn’t have wanted anyone else on that trip, and it was an amazing journey across the country with my boys,” says Short.

Kircher reminisced on the trip and talks of the good times he had with some great friends, spending all $4,000 he made caddying the summer before.

“I encourage people to travel and experience other areas of the country,” says Kircher.  “It was probably the coolest memory I’ve had in my life.”  

A little bit about me

Hello everyone, my name is Matt Leemann and I am a sophomore here at Piedmont College. I live in Milton, Georgia currently, but I haven’t lived there my entire life. I lived in Charleston, South Carolina, then moved to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, then finally ending up here in Georgia where we’ve been for 12 years now. I have an older brother who is a Junior at UGA.

Growing up I played eight years of competitive baseball, traveling all around Georgia and out of state on teams until I was 14. I then made a switch to golf, which was mostly from my Dad just taking me out to play for fun on the weekends when I was free. I started to realize how relaxing and fun golf was so I gravitated toward it and quit baseball. I then went on to play 4 years of high school golf at Cambridge High School winning a State championship and two region tournaments. I chose Piedmont for golf because it was close to home and offered many of my interests including a very close proximity to one of my favorite things… Mountains! lol

I have always been very fortunate to be able to travel to some pretty neat places with my family, and I have always enjoyed the different scenery and landscapes you get to view when visiting new destinations. My Junior year of high school I started to drive up to the North GA mountains with my buddies and hike every chance we got, growing my passion for exploring new places and adventuring even if it’s only 2 hours away. It’s so cool going hiking and camping with friends because you’re just all there together living in the moment. Being outdoors and seeing stunning landscapes a lot inspired me to get started with some photography as well, and I am constantly taking pictures and editing them on Lightroom. My favorite photographers include Chris Burkard, Evan Ranft and Jordan Hammond, definitely go check them out you won’t regret it!

Anyways, looking forward to writing more in this class and hearing and sharing more stories with ya’ll.