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As the term finally comes to a close, we now have the chance to look back at all our hard work. This is the time for celebrating at a department showcase and nervously looking at your grades on Blackboard, calculating how badly you can fail that one exam and still pass. Or is that last bit just me? Regardless, during the last few weeks and especially finals week we get to reflect on the best and worst parts of the semester. This act of reflection was particularly on display at the London Study Abroad Website Presentation on Wed, May 8.

Over the spring break students from ENG 225 and ART 305 left the United States and traveled to London, UK for eight days. During that time the students curated information, photos, writing and other forms of media to bring back to the States and be used in the creation of an interactive travel website for public access. This website was completed and presented to the university and Office of International and Off-Campus Study on Wednesday May 8that 3:30PM in the Claire Moore Room on Owings Mills campus.

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The presentation was a total success! Each student had the opportunity to explain their portion of the website. All students were required to design their own page and talk about their experience of the trip. Everyone did a wonderful job speaking about their trip experiences but two of the more memorable parts of the presentation came from Samantha Salvemini and Kelly Schwager. During the presentation, Samantha spoke about the new and old aspects of London City, but the coolest part of her section of the website was that she produced a short film of herself and fellow student, Victoria Doda, telling their stories of getting meaningful tattoos while abroad. One aspect of the website Kelly chose to produce was the itinerary page. She walked the guests and her fellow students through the events of the London trip. This not only immersed the viewers in the experience but brought back strong memories of the trip for her peers.

The experiences shared by the students and faculty that went on this trip will clearly stay with them for a very long time and this celebration brought everyone together to learn and reminisce. Congratulations ENG 225 and ART 305 students on a beautiful website and all your other hard work this term.