Emily in Wellesley, Massachusetts, USA

Hi, I’m Emily! This fall I’m studying at Wellesley College, an all-women’s liberal arts college near Boston, MA. I’m from New Jersey and a class of 2020 neuroscience major. With this blog, I want to document my experiences at Wellesley and explore topics like the difference of attending a co-ed liberal arts vs. all-women’s liberal arts college. I hope you’ll join me as I navigate through life at a different campus in the fall! Emily’s PostsFirst ImpressionsOctober 2, 2018Hello from …

When Global Means Staying Home, Too

Written by Rachael Hanley, Director of Social and New Media in the Amherst College Office of Communications (Originally published on the Amherst College website, 27 February 2018)     When Rebecca Houedjissi ’18 decided to take a semester away from Amherst College, international study was an option—but not the only one. After considering a range of choices, Houedjissi decided to try a semester at Howard University, a historically black college that she had once considered attending full time. Howard offered …

Esperanza in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Oi gente! My name is Esperanza, and this semester I am studying in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Originally, I’m from Las Cruces, New Mexico. In Amherst, I am a class of 2019 Environmental Studies major. Here in Rio, I’m a student at Pontifícia Universidade Católica through SUNY New Paltz. I’m most excited to improve my Portuguese, study forest ecology, and embrace my inner beach bum. Esperanza’s PostsAre you staying for Carnival?March 6, 2018“Vôce vai ficar para Carnaval?”  Are you staying …

Bella in Havana, Cuba

Hello! My name is Bella Berkley and I’m a junior studying Black Studies and LJST. I am taking the year to study in Havana, Cuba and can’t wait to share my second semester adventures with you! I decided to study in Cuba because of its large Afro-Cuban population and its well-preserved archive of slavery related legal codes. I’m also excited to use my year abroad to increase my Spanish level and start doing research for my thesis. I have already …

Tran in India, Brazil, and South Africa

My name is Tran and I am an international student from Vietnam. I am spending my junior spring semester on IHP studies abroad program “Cities in 21 Centuries: People, Planning and Politics” in India (Ahmedabad), Brazil (São Paulo) and South Africa (Cape Town). As a Sociology major, I am eager to experience and reflect on how theoretical frameworks of social justice in Sociology play out in urban planning throughout this program. Three countries in one semester might sound a lot, …

Christine in Havana, Cuba

I’m Christine! I’m a twenty-year-old student from Brooklyn, New York and I’m studying in Havana, Cuba this spring. I’m a Black Studies and Spanish major, and I can probably be found dancing, eating, or cooking up trouble with my friends. I love my family, social justice, music, research, Twix chocolate candies, and my two godchildren. I spend hours talking with my professors – often times more than I should because #homeworkstruggle ¡Vamos a Cuba! Christine’s PostsWe aren’t in the U.S. …

Sophie in Mendoza, Argentina

¡Hola todos! My name is Sophie Delfeus. I am a political science major spending her academic year abroad in Mendoza, Argentina with IFSA-Butler. At Amherst I am in the AC Gospel Choir and the First Generation Association. I hope you enjoy reading about my adventures and moments of reflection!  Sophie’s PostsTasting Mendoza: The Secret to the Culture of CommunitySeptember 23, 2015As I continue to take in my new life in Mendoza, I am dedicating this blog post to exploring the nature and …

Matt in Santiago, Chile

Hey! This is me standing above Río Mapocho in el Parque de los Esculturas (which translates to Scuplture Park) in the Providencia region of the Santiago metro area. There isn’t much water flowing due to the current dry climate. Behind me, you can see the Grand Torre Santiago. The first five floors make up an enormous mall that I visited. (Photo Credit – Matt Randolph) Hey, everyone! My name’s Matt Randolph (Amherst ’16). I’m a History and Spanish double major …