Student Spotlight: Psychology student at SU travels abroad


Rachel Flicker studied abroad in the Netherlands and had the opportunity to travel to Germany, Belgium, England and France. She is now SU’s study abroad ambassador.

Rachel Flicker, a 21-year-old junior, is a psychology student at Shippensburg University. Flicker has been heavily involved with the campus, the community and even outside her community in the past three years she has spent at SU.

Flicker is involved in several organizations on campus. She is the team development chair for Colleges Against Cancer; the historian for Psi Chi; the International Honors Psychology Society; and a member of Alpha Omicron Pi women’s fraternity.

She also works on campus as a workout instructor at ShipRec and teaches classes weekly.

In the fall semester of 2012 from Aug. 23 until Dec. 23, Flicker studied abroad in Maastricht, Netherlands. While she was studying in the Netherlands, she traveled to Germany, Belgium, England and France.

In Germany, Flicker visited Berlin and was able to see the remains of the Berlin Wall, also known as the East Side Gallery. Also in Germany, she visited the Holocaust Museum and went on a tour and visited a memorial and underground museum.

In Belgium she visited the capital, Brussels, and was able to see the headquarters of the European Union. In England, Flicker was able to see “Les Miserables” at the Queens Theatre where it was originally shown.

Also in England, she visited the Harry Potter set and was able to view all the original scenes and props from the movies. Lastly, Flicker went to France where she travelled on her own.

“The experience was very rewarding and not many people get to do it, so if you have the opportunity you should take it because it makes you independent and the experience is well worth it,” Flicker said.

Overall, Flicker enjoyed her experience and would go back to Europe any time she had the chance.

When Flicker returned to Shippensburg she was elected to be the study abroad ambassador. Her job is to help others who are studying abroad in the United States, and help any students from SU who would like to study abroad.

Flicker is making the most of her college experience and encourages any student who is looking into studying abroad to take the opportunity and learn from it.

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