Learning Abroad

Thursday, October 17, 2013

“It’s so exhilarating when you let go and the arrow whizzes out of your hand and flies through the air.”

Amber Patton ’14 started exploring archery for fairly academic purposes while studying abroad in Ireland last year. By the time she was done, she had become nationally ranked as a bare bow shooter.

And that was one of just many new experiences she gained while studying overseas.

A creative writing major who is also minoring in literature and music, Patton chose Pacific because she wanted a university close to home but far enough away to feel independent. The Music Department also drew her with a substantial scholarship.

“We have such a tight knit group of students and faculty,” she said. “I have been taught by some amazing professors, too. Those are the things I will miss most when I leave.”

Between classes, Patton is a student editor for the Silk Road Review literary magazine and works in the music department.