First and Foremost - Constable Richard Watson
Those of you who have read the student blogs (this year and in past years) or my blog, have a sense for the impact that Constable Watson has on this program. I will always be grateful for everything he does to help me, but more importantly the students will always remember his role in this wonderful opportunity.
Richard - You are truly a blessing in my life. I am not sure what I would do without your help. Words cannot express the gratitude I feel when I think about all you have done for this program. I'll just say thanks.
I, once again, had the pleasure of working with Maria from ISA. She is lovely in so many ways - always attentive to the needs of the group, a consummate professional, and yet flexible and casual - the students love her!
All of the staff at ISA ~ from Texas to London ~ are good at their jobs. If I ever doubted the decision to switch to a third party provider to assist with program details, I certainly no longer do.
My CSC Colleagues
It really does take a village to make this program happen. Planning for the next program starts even before we've left on the current year's program. I am so thankful that there are many people on campus, who like me, believe in the positive impacts of study abroad. This year's students financially benefited form the support of the CSC Administration through scholarships that really did make a difference. Everyone from the Marketing Development Office, to the Start Office, to the Business Office, to faculty who help me spread the word are all so important ~ this program would not be possible without them.
And of Course, the Students
This year was particularly challenging for me because I was 'under the weather' for most of the trip. However, this year's students made that not so bad. Travelling with a smaller group definitely has it's advantages, but more than that, the personality of the individual students, as well as the group dynamics, helped immensely! The students were always punctual; they were attentive, inquisitive, and excited; they were a joy to spend two weeks with (even with a stuffed up head and a never-ending cough).
Until next year.....cheers!