St. Paul High School Senior Shannon Hainline went on a trip of a lifetime thanks to Dan White and the GeoTrac Foundation.
Hainline received a scholarship that paid for travel and the week-long program that took place at Cambridge University in Cambridge, England. Cambridge University was founded in 1209 and is consistently ranked one of the top five universities in the world. Hainline went from Norwalk, where population is about 17,000 to Cambridge, England where the population is about 123,900.
The week-long program is offered by the Society of International Business Fellows (SIBF). This summer program is in its fifth year and offers student a chance to think seriously, and in depth, about mathematics of money and the responsibilities of wealth. Participants were addressed by experts and world class scholars, visited historic sites and enjoyed cultural highlights.
This was Hainline’s first time out of the country. “It was scary and exciting,” she exclaimed.
She stayed at Clare College, which is one of 31 colleges within Cambridge University. There were 26 participating in the summer program. The students ranged in age from 16-26. 24 were from the United States, 1 from the UK and 1 from Armenia.
Hainline’s best memory was ‘Punting on the River Cam.’ A punt is a flat-bottomed boat and is propelled by pushing against the river bed with a pole. “It was so much fun. We took turns pushed the pole, and when we got tired, the tour guide took over,” she said with a smile.
What does every England tourist want to do? Ride a double decker. “Yes, I did ride a double-decker bus on the first day when we toured Cambridge in the afternoon,” Hainline saidd.
“The seminars that I attended were very interesting,” Hainline said. “I am very happy that I had this opportunity. I would encourage more kids to do it too.”