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2022 Rudolph Scholarship | Studying Abroad: Maxwell Fricke ’23

Rudolph-Funded Study Abroad
Summer 2022 Blog
Maxwell Fricke ’23, London

The city of London itself provides an atmosphere that welcomes people from all over the world. Although I knew beforehand that London has many different cultures, I wasn’t expecting what I observed firsthand. Every area of London has a variety of different foods, fashion, and art that creates a very inclusive environment. 

Another very eye-opening experience while in the United Kingdom was being able to drive to the Scottish Highlands. The first challenge with this was quickly learning how to drive on the left side of the road which proved to work out surprisingly well. After breaking through the central English Midlands my fellow Wabash colleague Jared Gady and I began to witness the gorgeous landscapes of the Highlands. Although we did not find the Loch Ness Monster the tumbling grass hills, local cultures, and ancient castles proved to be worth the long drive. 

I recommend that all Wabash students try to apply for a study abroad program during their academic career as it will provide you with an experience that will last a lifetime. Also, a special thanks to the Rudolph family for providing me with additional funding for my trip.


2022 Rudolph Scholarship | Studying Abroad: Collin Kinniry ’23


Summer 2022 Rudolph Scholar Blog
Collin Kinniry ’23 – Prague

Two weeks before my senior year at Wabash began, I took a trip to the Czech Republic to attend a Blockchain Fundamentals course through the European Summer School. I spent time inside of a classroom from 9am-2pm every day learning all-things blockchain, and then I would have time to explore the beauty of Prague outside of class and on the weekends. Most of our activities included a guide from the program, so I often traveled with a larger group. However, I took full advantage of the opportunities I had to myself to embrace some of the different sites Prague has to offer. With such rich history, it was difficult to walk more than 50 yards near the City Center without being encapsulated by the beauty and mind-boggling nature of Prague’s deeply rooted and dramatic past. 

One particular self-journey led me to one of Prague’s more famous sites, the John Lennon wall. As I came to learn, the John Lennon Wall was originally founded as a place where people would exhibit their frustrations with authoritative powers via graffiti. Without getting too deep into the history, the wall is now named after John Lennon due to the symbols of freedom and peace in his songs and messages. Ultimately, the Wall stands as a symbol of free speech, peace, and freedom. The wall is beautifully covered in vibrant colors and messages that display desire for a more unified world.  

As I approached the Wall, the intense and vivid artwork filled my entire line of sight. In front of the wall, I noticed a large number of white papers hanging by clothespins. I curiously approached the papers, quickly noticing that they were poems written in different languages that contained empowering messages for Ukraine. One poem stood out to me, written by Lyla Lynn. The poem itself had a powerful message, but it became more real as the surrounding environment came alive. I began to read the poem line-by-line, feeling a strong sense of compassion and self-contemplation as I stood reading about the passive state of the world in the wake of such atrocities occurring in Ukraine.   

The juxtaposition of the poem (pictured) in my immediate foreground contrasting against the thousands of messages on the Wall that held so much history and purpose filled me with a feeling that I’ll never forget. It was hard to leave the John Lennon Wall with so much to analyze and explore, but I’m extremely glad I got to experience it in person. Thank you to the Rudolph Family for allowing me to have this experience in the Czech Republic. I will never forget this experience! 


2022 Rudolph Scholarship | Studying Abroad: Malik Barnes ’23

Rudolph-Funded Study Abroad
Summer 2022 Rudolph Scholarship Blog
Malik Barnes ’23 – Amsterdam

One experience that really moved me was going to the Stedelijik Museum, also known as the Museum for Modern and Contemporary Art and Design in Amsterdam. This experience was so moving to me because many of the exhibits required that I take a different perspective, and this speaks to the most impactful element of my entire experience in Europe. From meeting new people from all over the world, to witnessing different ways of life, and different approaches to the same public issues was absolutely outstanding! Though there were many pieces in the Stedelijik that caught my eye, one of the most interesting to me, was shockingly a piece on American racism. As a studier of rhetoric, it was very striking to me how things could be understood differently within a different cultural context, this was reflected and traceable in their rhetorical approach to explaining and exhibiting on American racism. It wasn’t incorrect, or inaccurate, it was just different. This aided in showing me the power in understanding not only that one’s perspective can be different, but the historical and contextual elements that fuel one’s perspective as well. Overall, it was a very moving experience and while I appreciate the classroom setting for as much as it offers however, I must say for this experience getting out and exploring was far more impactful! I want to thank Wabash College and the Rudolph family for making this experience possible.

 

Malik Barnes ’23 – Amsterdam

2022 Rudolph Scholarship | Studying Abroad: Jared Gady ’23

Rudolph-funded Study Abroad
Summer 2022 Rudolph Scholarship Blog
Jared Gady ’23 – London

Saying that my study abroad in London was memorable would be selling it extremely short. The experience was so broad- new challenges in transportation, cultures, and ideas. Learning to navigate international airports, trains, cars, Lorie’s and walking new streets filled with smells, sights, and sounds. The new classmates and discussions from worldwide perspectives and a diverse range of cultures challenged my ideas and outlook. Eating different things for breakfast, lunch, and dinner items expanded my palette. Words alone cannot capture my gratitude to the Rudolph family for the assistance and support they provided me to be able to afford this opportunity. The past eight weeks in London were life changing. The new friendships and memories will last a lifetime. Out of all the memories and experiences, the most unforgettable was when I was on the tube when an elderly woman had a seizure and collapsed on the floor a few feet to my left. I immediately rushed to her without a second thought, rolled her over onto her side, and then pulled the emergency alarm. After the emergency personnel boarded, I noticed that most of the people in the crowded subway car were trying to ignore the medical emergency. Some even complained about the delay it was causing, which I found quite upsetting. As I write this blog, I cannot help but reflect on The Gentleman’s Rule drilled into my head since freshman orientation. At a critical point in someone else’s life, the action of The Gentleman’s Rule had become a part of my DNA. Life has a way of providing critical moments that change your trajectory. The decision to attend Wabash College, apply to the London School of Economics, and with the help of the Rudolph Family, to be in the right place and time on the tube truly made a difference in her life and mine.  

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2022 Rudolph Scholarship | Studying Abroad: Brayden Lentz ’23

Rudolph-funded Study Abroad
Summer 2022
Brayden Lentz ’23 ASCSA Athens, Greece Blog Post

It certainly wasn’t very late. No more than a quarter past 10, but even the keenest observer would have been oblivious to the clock. The sun had set long ago, and its light left no trace. The ferry had only just set out from its Piraean port with Crete still seven hours ahead, yet the population on the deck was dwindling. Many turned in for the night, including my classmates, but something inside compelled me to stay. As I stood there, I noticed that, though the mainland was enveloped by night, we were slowly crawling past the Greek coast at an indiscernible pace. Only pockets of soft light, which provided the only evidence of life against an inhospitable backdrop, still dotted the shore. The peaks of Greece’s defining mountains, low but sharp, shot forth like daggers against the yet blacker sky, and a row of bright red lights flashed methodically atop the hills, warning the night against a series of otherwise invisible towers. All appeared unusually still. The only evidence of movement against the empty void ahead was the soft waves of the Aegean lapping against the ship’s hull. I remember looking up into that untainted sky, with its bright stars providing life to that otherwise barren landscape and full moon resting just above the water. In moments like these, amongst the otherwise surreal environment, I could not help but feel utterly absorbed by the grandeur of my surroundings. It was impossible not to connect my experience to all who had come before me. I was encompassed by the same mountains, moon, and stars that had characterized the journeys of mythological heroes like Hercules, Odysseus, and Aeneas. I felt connected with thousands of years of human history and filling the shoes of the literary figures I had read so much about in school. Yet, no matter how long I could have spent on those texts in class, it was only in moments like these that I could ever truly understand what they said. 

This experience and countless others have come to define my month studying abroad in Greece. Thanks to the generous funding of the Rudolph family and the wonderful professors at Wabash who helped me along every step of the way, I was fortunate enough to be one of twenty students admitted into the American School of Classical Studies Athens’ (ASCSA) summer seminar titled Thanatopsis. The course led my nineteen colleagues and me from site to site in Athens before taking us through the Greek countryside and Crete as we traced the evolution of Greek funerary customs from the early Bronze age to today. Though this topic may appear mundane or even strange at first glance, the reality was anything but ordinary. Nowhere else could I have had the opportunity to climb into long deserted tombs carved into mountainsides or abandoned holes in the ground, which may or may not have been structurally sound, to get up close and personal with information that had hitherto only existed in my textbooks. At times it felt like we had visited every museum in the country and climbed every historical hill, which the steps on my Fitbit account would appear to corroborate. While I may have preferred the air conditioning of the museums to the climbing in the heat of the Greek sun, every peak from Mount Lycabettus to Mycenae made the march worth the sweat and effort. 

 I must also mention the incredible group that made the experience as special as it was. There were no other Wabash brothers on the trip, and most of my classmates were older than I was, the oldest being 71 (and an actor in Star Wars, strangely enough), but that did not matter in the slightest. Thanks to the school’s acceptance of students from Canada and the United Kingdom, I made new friends from across the country and beyond. There was no other group that I would have rather traveled, sweated, complained, and studied with, as we took our school seriously but never at the expense of fun. At the heart of our team were two experienced figures that kept us on track. The first one was Professor Levine, who not only planned and helmed the journey through the country every step of the way but also led us fearlessly through the winding and chaotic streets of Athens at an Olympic pace, only pausing to make a witty joke or pun if the need arose. The other man was a Greek bus driver named Christos, whose smile never fell from his face, even as he squeezed a charter bus through streets built for little more than a mule and a cart. He also never missed the opportunity to teach us Greek insults, or as he would call them, “fighting words.” While I could complain about the lack of water at restaurants, the chaotic streets, and some aggressive vendors, I have nothing poor to say to all those at the American School who made the experience possible in the wake of a pandemic. 

Though I tried my best, the hundreds of photos I took on my journey will never truly capture the feelings of the sites they intend to. Nevertheless, they are good reminders of my time abroad and the opportunities made possible by Wabash College and the Rudolph family. I deeply appreciate both and hope many more Wabash men continue to take advantage of the support the school will gladly give them. 


2022 Rudolph Scholarship | Studying Abroad: Liam Thompson ’23

Kenneth Rhys Rudolph Memorial Fund for European Summer Study Abroad 
Summer 2022 Rudolph Scholar Blog
Liam Thompson ’23 – Spain

This July, I was fortunate enough to live and study in Madrid at Universidad Nebrija. During my time in the city, I was able to fully immerse myself in and experience the amazing culture that Madrid has to offer. I spent many days exploring Plaza Mayor and enjoying local “tapas” nearly everywhere I went. I saw my first bullfight and toured Santiago Bernabéu, home of Real Madrid (the most recent Champions of Europe). One of my favorite parts of the city was the arts district, where I explored Parque Retiro, as well as the major museums: the Prado, Reína Sofía, and Thyssen museums. Being able to see some of the world’s most famous pieces of art like Picasso’s “Guernica” was a truly humbling experience. I was also able to travel to El Escorial, Mallorca, and Barcelona during my time in Spain. Overall, my experience abroad this summer opened my eyes to a world I could have only dreamed of. It allowed me to grow in my confidence in the language through communicating with my host family, locals, and fellow students. I am truly grateful to the Rudolph family for helping me to achieve a long-time goal of studying abroad and changing my perspective on the world. 


2022 Rudolph Scholarship | Studying Abroad: Caleb Gross ’23

Rudolph-funded study abroad

Summer 2022 Rudolph Scholar Blog
Caleb Gross ’23 – Florence

As the sun rose across the hills of Tuscany spotted by quaint farmhouses, our train zoomed out of the city of Florence and into the Italian countryside. Seated across from me, my classmates put in their headphones and closed their eyes.

“Buongiorno!” I returned the greeting to the Italian man sitting to my left. He had olive skin, dark hair, and was wearing a plain gray t-shirt. He was maybe six or seven years older than me. He was going to Rome to visit his girlfriend. It was very clear to him that I was an outsider there to tour Rome and he was eager to tell me about Italy. It was going to be a two-hour ride and I was more than glad to have the company. 

I told him that I had been in Florence for about two weeks. I was hitting all the major sites in the city. Florence had been amazing. In the mornings, I was taking my intro level Italian language course (lucky for me, my new Italian friend spoke great English!). Each afternoon, I went to a different site in town. Though I walked by it daily, I spent an afternoon wandering the immensity of the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, simply called “the Duomo” by the locals. It is one of the crowning achievements of the Renaissance. On another day, I marveled at Michelangelo’s David, perhaps the most famous sculpture of the Renaissance (and maybe just sculptures in general), symbolizing strength and ideal beauty. 

My new friend was more than happy to share his favorite sites in town as well as places to dine. But as I talked to him, it became clear that his view of Italy was much more nuanced. 

“Italy is dying,” he told me. This may have been a surprise to my peers but not to me. During the previous spring, I had taken Politics of the European Union with Dr. Hollander. One of the underlying ideas of that class was that southern European countries tended to be in worse economic condition than the north. As a result, northern countries often feel they are carrying the burden for the south, while the south has more to gain from a strong European Union. We talked at length about the conflict in the Ukraine and he felt that the EU was seeing a renewed unity as it faced that crisis. While he believed Italy’s situation to be grim, he was optimistic about the future of the EU and what that would mean for his country going forward. 

When we parted ways at the train station I felt that I understood Italy in a way I had not before. Looking back at all the amazing paintings, sculptures, and architecture I had admired during my visit, I remember that the Renaissance rose out of the Dark Ages. From old Roman ruins to walls adorned with gold in St Peter’s Basilica, Italy has so much beauty. If her history is any indicator, it only takes a little inspiration to revitalize an entire civilization. 

I am incredibly grateful to the Rudolph family, without whose support through the Rudolph Scholarship, I would not have been able to have this life changing opportunity. I would also like to thank Amy Weir for working through the entire process with me. 


2022 Rudolph Scholarship | Studying Abroad: Cooper Terry ’23

Summer 2022 Rudolph Scholar Blog
Cooper Terry ’23 – Rome

This summer I had the amazing opportunity to study in Rome, Italy for four weeks. During my time in Rome, I was enrolled in a class titled Exploring Rome, the Birthplace of the Modern Museum. Through this class, I was able to learn an extensive amount of history about Rome, the Roman Empire, the influence of the Pope, and other historical facts that I did not know. Our class would visit various historical sites and museums in Rome such as the Vatican Museums, the Colosseum, and the Roman Forum, as well as many other sites within the city. We also made trips to sites outside of the city such as the Uffizi Gallery in Florence, the Fountain Gardens in Tivoli, and much more. In the five weeks that I spent in Europe I was able to travel to five different countries in Europe.  I would have never known to visit these wonderful sites if I had not been blessed with receiving the Rudolph Scholarship.

The most impactful place that I visited while I was in Rome was Basilica Papale San Paolo Fuori le Mura, known as the Church of St. Paul outside the Walls. It is the burial place of Paul, one of Jesus’ 12 disciples, who was martyred for his faith while in Rome. It is called St. Paul outside the Walls because the Church is located outside the ancient walls that lined the city of Rome. Because it is located on the outskirts of Rome the church is less crowded and feels more peaceful. Unlike the Church of St. Peter inside the Vatican which gets over 30,000 visitors a day, St. Paul’s church is far less crowded, allowing me to take in the beauty of the Church. In 1823 a big fire burned down the entire Church, but through the generous donations from Royalty across the world they were able to rebuild. That is what I found to be so special about this place. You could look around and see all the different stones, such as the thin-cut alabaster stone that acted as stained-glass windows with its unique patterns which were donated by the Royal family of Egypt. You could get a sense of how important this Church and its history were to people all around the world.

This trip has been so impactful on my perspective of the world. Furthermore, it has given me the itch to want to go see more of what the world has to offer. For anyone who might be contemplating a trip while at Wabash, just do it. There will never be a more opportune time to travel. Through generous funds such as the Rudolph Scholarship and other means, Wabash will help you get to where you want to go. Take advantage of these opportunities by going out and exploring.