Post Tagged with: "study abroad"

DIAZ: Finding a Holistic Education

DIAZ: Finding a Holistic Education

As a 15-year-old Cuban American who had never set foot outside of the United States, my desire to live and learn in the Middle East seemed odd or incomprehensible to most. I was fascinated by the Arabic language, and it was my goal to attend King’s Academy, a high school[Read More…]

by May 15, 2019 0 comments Opinion, Opinion - Top
Kathryn Baker

NOVEL IDEAS: ‘The Quarry Wood’ Emphasizes the Power of Education

At the beginning of March, I hit an academic wall. Having coasted through two months at St. Andrews with relative ease, I suddenly found myself bombarded by deadlines for essays, my thesis proposal and my application to Georgetown’s accelerated graduate program. I was floundering, and I couldn’t seem to shake[Read More…]

by March 29, 2019 0 comments Guide - Top, Guide Columns, The Guide
Kathryn Baker

NOVEL IDEAS: ‘44 Scotland Street’ Offers a Locale Defined by Its People

I have never been a spontaneous, go-with-the-flow person, and now that I’ve been in St. Andrews, Scotland, for a month I’m relieved to say that I have finally established a weekly routine. My Mondays are mostly free and devoted to readings and research. I attend Zumba on Tuesdays, orchestra on[Read More…]

by February 15, 2019 0 comments Guide - Top, Guide Columns, The Guide
NOVEL IDEAS: Examining the Strange Case of Studying Abroad

NOVEL IDEAS: Examining the Strange Case of Studying Abroad

On Saturday, I sent an email blast to my friends and family detailing my first week abroad, showcasing photos of the St. Andrews beachfront. As I expected, few people responded, but those that did sent heartfelt messages offering their prayers and sharing excitement for my semester in Scotland. My friend[Read More…]

by January 28, 2019 0 comments Guide - Top, Guide Columns, The Guide
ALEXANDRA BRUNJES

OUT OF OFFICE: Packing the Essentials, Appreciating Life From Abroad

One of the most stressful parts of study abroad preparation in August was also one of the most routine: packing. I found it surprisingly overwhelming to look at all of my clothing, school supplies and knickknacks and decide what to leave behind for four months. How many pairs of shoes[Read More…]

by December 6, 2018 0 comments Guide - Top, The Guide
URTZ: Privilege Obscures Travel Realities

URTZ: Privilege Obscures Travel Realities

Over the course of my semester in the Middle East, I have been treated with graciousness and hospitality at nearly every turn. This treatment has not been sparked by my charming disposition: Being an American has conferred inherent privilege upon me as I travel abroad. Recognizing the advantages Westerners have[Read More…]

by November 30, 2018 0 comments Opinion, Opinion - Top
ALEXANDRA BRUNJES

OUT OF OFFICE: Balancing Quotidien Life with Tourist To-Do’s

One of the internal tug-of-wars I’ve been grappling with during my time abroad has been my identity in Copenhagen: am I a tourist or a local? My time is limited, yes, but still long enough that I engage in activities typically reserved for locals, such as grocery shopping or getting[Read More…]

by November 9, 2018 0 comments The Guide

URTZ: While Abroad, Pursue Meaningful Exchange

A few weeks ago, I was hiking with my classmates in Petra, the Bedouin site of ancient Nabatean ruins and a renowned UNESCO world heritage site in Jordan. The narrow canyons and spectacular rock carvings were dotted with vendors selling everything from bottled water to miniature replicas of the site.[Read More…]

by October 26, 2018 0 comments Opinion, Opinion - Top
ALEXANDRA BRUNJES

OUT OF OFFICE: Defending the American Identity

In the United States, I am from New York City. In Copenhagen, this identity is secondary to being from “the States.”  As a student studying abroad, I have had to grow accustomed not only to being a conduit for U.S. ideas and realities, but also to being interrogated or berated[Read More…]

by October 23, 2018 0 comments Guide Columns
ALEXANDRA BRUNJES

OUT OF OFFICE: Abroad and Unscheduled

Routines form the basis of life at Georgetown. Class schedules provide the infrastructure, extracurriculars fill in the gaps and the remaining free time is devoted to daily necessities like eating and sleeping. Going abroad throws a wrench in this scheduling. When I got to Copenhagen, Denmark, my typically overbooked schedule[Read More…]

by September 25, 2018 0 comments Guide Columns