Potsdam resident studying in Wales as part of program at Hobart and William Smith Colleges
Tuesday, November 8, 2011 - 9:31 am

Elizabeth Hafer of Potsdam is currently studying in Carmarthen, Wales, as part of an off-campus program of Hobart and William Smith Colleges in Geneva, N.Y. designed for students in many fields, but particularly to those studying studio art, education, English literature, sociology and psychology, theatre, media and creative writing. Hafer is a psychology major.

Just this past fall, Hobart and William Smith Colleges established an affiliation with Trinity College in Wales. Founded in 1848, Trinity has a student population of 2,200 and is known for its commitment to community engagement and this commitment permeates its innovative curriculum. Hafer will have the opportunity to live and take classes alongside Welsh and international classmates. To facilitate engagement with the local community, all students must participate in an academic or extracurricular immersion experience; this may include a credit-bearing internship, a school practicum, or a service-learning project.

(He/she) selected courses from a variety of academic areas, including: community development, computer science, creative writing, education, English, media studies, psychology, religion, sociology, studio art, and theatre.

Southwest Wales has been an important cornerstone in Welsh history and culture over many centuries and its influence is still great today. As a main tourist area, there's plenty to enjoy. From the bustle of town life to the quiet tranquility of the countryside and breathtaking beauty of its sandy beaches, southwest Wales offer the opportunity for a diverse and varied lifestyle. Welsh is still spoken widely in this region. Located on the River Tywi, Carmarthen is a commercial centre of nearly 20,000 people at the heart of a large and thriving area. A market town, it has a good mix of traditional and modern shopping, leisure facilities and nightlife.