The world is getting smaller. Ivonne Simonds, Clarke graphic design and painting major, can speak of it first-hand.
A native Columbian, Ivonne had family move to Iowa, which led her to Clarke. Clarke led her to a 5-month internship learning French in downtown Paris.
“I lived only a few blocks from Notre Dame,” she said. “I went for a walk after moving in and turned the corner to see it right there. I was like ‘whoa.’”
Ivonne learned the nuances of the French language with a wide array of people, from young to old and every continent. She said it was an interesting way of learning and sharing artistic knowledge. There was rarely a shortage of artistic knowledge, however – Ivonne enrolled in painting classes and made a point to visit a different museum each week.
When Ivonne wasn’t busy taking in the sights (and the pastries), she met up with Euro-tripping Clarke students for a Dubuque reunion. Because even a home-away-from-home is still a home.