Mary Barthelme

Mary Barthelme
Government and European Studies
Canton, NY

As a local and the child of a St. Lawrence retired professor and administrator I grew up, in a way, on campus. My experience thus far as an undergraduate at St. Lawrence has been nothing but rewarding and beneficial and reinforced my love of the campus from my childhood. I had the chance to study abroad in Vienna, Austria through the St. Lawrence program in the spring of 2010 and took courses about a mixture of topics including the Habsburg Empire and the European Union. While on the program we also had the opportunity to visit many important historical cities including Prague and Krakow.

At St. Lawrence I have been extremely lucky to be able to focus my love of history through both a major and also through my European Studies minor. Though I always loved learning about European historical topics, the courses at St. Lawrence have reinforced my interest and helped guide me in a specific direction of study. Many of the classes that students complete while abroad are also applicable to the European Studies minor and are greatly rewarding themselves in introducing students to a variety of new cultures and people. I hope to focus in my Senior Year Experience on a topic relating to my study abroad in Vienna, incorporating my wonderful abroad experience with my European Studies interest.