Summarized by Rosemary Pollock
Europeans enhanced Jerusalem Center experience
(BYU) Daily Universe 30Sep99 D3
By Katie Christensen: NewsNet Staff Writer
One of the English participants, Rachel Hardy, expressed how her
dreams were realized when Europeans were invited to attend the
program. "(My dream) was fulfilled in more ways than I could have
ever hoped," she said. She attributed the success of the experience
to the strong "BYU atmosphere" -- living and associating with strong
spiritual people of the same age.
Janelle West, 20, a junior from Redlands, expressed her excitement
with the Summer II program. "I thought it was exciting, because we
were going to meet people from different countries with diverse
cultures," she said.
Vashti McGeady from Ireland said, "I was a bit nervous about the
whole thing and if there would be major differences between the
Europeans and Americans." She later realized that there was nothing
to worry about and this experience would be one she would remember
the rest of her life.
Natali Morris, a 20-year-old junior from Springville, Utah said, "I
believe that the biggest benefit to having European students on the
program is that now I have places to stay when I go to Europe; the
diversity and culture they added were nice too."
Ben Jensen, a 23-year-old senior from Las Vegas, said, "They made
things more fun and brought a different perspective to the whole
Hardy expressed it best when she said it was the variety that made
the group special. "Americans rock, BYU rocks, Jerusalem rocks,
Summer II 1999 rocks. Or in England we would use words such as
'splendid' or brilliant'!"