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Geography major excels in China

Arielle Nissenblatt, a junior geography major, is spending the fall semester in Zhenjiang, China, as a teaching assistant for a World Regional Geography course. The course is being offered as part of the University Readiness Program for students at the Zhenjiang International School. Arielle is from White Plains, N.Y., and enjoys playing soccer and basketball. Not only is Arielle helping the students at ZIS learn about geography, but she is also teaching them about American culture through sports and other games, such as Hangman (above). Of course, the students are teaching her about Chinese culture as well. She has attended dinner at a student's home, gone to the movies and shopped with students, as well.

Arielle has an interest in population geography, especially Jewish demography. While in China, Arielle will visit the Center of Jewish Studies in Shanghai and the Glazer Institute for Judaic Studies at Nanjing University to do research. She also hopes to publish a paper on distance learning and teach Chinese students when she returns to Binghamton University. Earlier this year, Arielle spent three weeks studying and exploring in Botswana. Arielle is an excellent example of how Harpur College students are able to internationalize their educational experience.

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Last Updated: 12/9/12