Senior Dana Sklack’s desire for knowledge took her halfway across the world.
Sklack, a communications major and three-time recipient of the Harvey R. Kelly, Jr. and Dr. Emma S. Rocco Arts and Communications Scholarship, always had the dream of going to Europe.
“I’ve always had a desire to travel. I even had the idea of going to boarding school as a teenager in order to get to Europe,” Sklack said.
Boarding school didn’t happen, but Penn State’s Study Abroad program did. Sklack took classes at City University in London and spent her free time exploring England.
“I walked everywhere and explored everything,” Sklack said. “I took a lot of day trips. The area is very safe, and I never felt apprehensive about traveling during the day by myself.”
Sklack, who also serves as the managing editor of the Beaver campus student newspaper, The Roar, didn’t completely leave her journalism responsibilities behind.
She regularly wrote a blog about her adventures in London which appeared in The Roar and on Penn State Beaver’s website.
“(Studying abroad) has made me a better person now. I learned a lot about myself, and it’s made me more confident and outgoing,” Sklack said.
“I’m so happy that I did it, and I’m proud that I was brave enough to go.”
Originally written by Abigail Pflugh for the Penn State Beaver Nittany News magazine, Fall 2010
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