College of Idaho junior Megan Mizuta spent a month in Europe last winter as part of a faculty-led study abroad experience in London. Next fall, Mizuta will return to the British Isles – this time on her own as an Irish American Scholar at Queen’s University Belfast in Northern Ireland.
Mizuta, an English literature major from Boise, will spend the fall 2014 semester studying English and Irish literature through the program, which is run by the Association of Presbyterian Colleges and Universities.
“This is something I’ve wanted to do since I was a freshman,” Mizuta said. “Ireland has produced a lot of really great writers, especially in the 19th and 20th centuries. Queen’s has a special center for poetry and Belfast has a lot of literary archives, so it’s a rich place to work and study.”
Mizuta, who also has minors in political economy, business and natural sciences, was inspired to apply for the program after seeing 2013 C of I graduate Ellen Town become an Irish American Scholar in 2011. Mizuta worked with C of I English professors Dr. Sue Schaper and Dr. Rochelle Johnson to apply for the program. Schaper, who accompanied the London group last year, is providing Mizuta with a summer reading list and other literary tips to prepare her for Ireland.
“Going to London made me secure in knowing I could handle traveling and studying abroad,” Mizuta said. “I’m looking forward to this experience – I think it will be a good personal growth opportunity for me as well as a great place to study.”
C of I sophomore Lucas Morse also is participating in the Irish American Scholars program during the fall semester. He will study international political economy at the University of Ulster in Jordanstown.
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