Students go west!

Release Date: 30 January 2017

Six D&A College students headed west at the weekend in a bid to sample education in the USA.

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The students with lecturers Jennifer McGregor (front left) and Fiona Muhsin (front right). © D C Thomson & Co Ltd.

As part of an exchange programme funded by Erasmus+ three acting and performance students were joined by three students from interactive media courses on a trans-Atlantic adventure.

Erasmus (European Region Action Scheme for the Mobility of University Students) is an EU-funded student exchange programme.

Darren Forbes-Kindlen (22), Tasha Smith (19) and Jessica Dunne (24), are continuing their theatre studies at NOVA, the North Virginia Community College campus in Alexandria, on the outskirts of Washington DC.

Also heading to the US president’s near neighbourhood are Kieran McManus (19), Scott Guthrie (22) and 19-year-old Matthew Milroy.

“We have been working with NOVA for about five years and staged a number of successful exchange visits in the past,” said Lol Scragg, international project leader.

“We are looking forward to welcoming six students from NOVA in the next academic year.

“Staff map modules from both organisations to ensure students taking part don’t fall behind in their studies in any way, then those enrolled on relevant courses are invited to apply for the exchange programme.”

The students set off at the weekend and, with passports and visas all in order, had no problems with  president Donald Trump’s inclination to increase border control and curb immigration.

For Tasha the trip is something of a dream come true:

“I am still in shock that I have been picked for this amazing opportunity,” said the student.

“I am getting the chance to pursue my dream of living the America life whilst still doing the course I love.”

Sentiments echoed by Jessica who commented:

“Studying at D&A College for me is wonderful as it is, great lecturers, an abundance of facilities and the best class-mates but to also be offered this potentially life-changing opportunity of studying at NOVA for three months is mind blowing.”