Julia in Malawi, Italy, and India

Hey everyone! My name is Julia Herion-Cruz and I am a junior from Taos, New Mexico. I study Environmental Studies at Amherst and have been involved in La Causa and La Casa Latinx Culture House on campus. This semester I will be studying Food Security issues in Malawi, India, and Italy through an International Honors Program (IHP) called Rethinking Food Security. Join me as I share my experiences navigating three completely different countries and some insights I gain along the …

Jonah in Prague, Czech Republic

  Dobrý den. Ahoj! My name is Jonah, class of 2019. I am an English major studying in Czech Republic and surrounding areas for the next few months. I’ll be in Prague for most of my stay living with a host family, immersed in Czech arts and culture.   I love literature and music probably more than most things. Swimming is always something that I am very attached to. My curiosity for people is like a fever and I am …

Sally in Budapest, Hungary

Hi! I’m Sally. I’m a senior at Amherst College. Last spring, I studied abroad at AIT, a computer science program in Budapest, Hungary. This semester, I’m fortunate enough to come back to this city as a student of BSM, a small mathematics program. With this blog, I hope to document my personal growth, as I know my identity will be continuously shaped and defined by these future experiences. I hope other students will find some moment in my stories, no …

Harith in Aix-en-Provence, France

Salut tout le monde! I’m Harith, class of 2019, and I study Computer Science and Philosophy. Over the next few months, I will share my struggles navigating the lovely south of France with my broken French. I hope to take you along with me as I bike around Aix-en-Provence, relish French culture, and bore you with my 0.02€ about how interesting it is to be a Pakistani in France and study abroad again!

Molly in Cádiz, Spain

¡Hola a todos! My name is Molly Pines and I’m a rising junior from outside of San Francisco. At Amherst, my majors are English and Spanish, my extracurriculars are swimming, tour guiding, and Amherst Dance, and my interests include food, poetry, exercise, all types of music, and taking long walks. This Fall, I’m excited to be studying abroad in Cádiz, Spain. Join me to hear my honest and hopefully interesting accounts of all things gaditano. From my day-to-day routines to my …

Elusive Expectations: Finding My Bearings After a Split Year Abroad

Written by Lily Fang ’18 Before I left, I wrote myself a letter. It was my final night on-campus before my junior year abroad. After hauling my remaining clutter to storage, I plopped down at my desk in my now-bare room. It felt unsettlingly empty. I was sad that day. A full year abroad was my longtime dream, but it also meant leaving close friends behind—friends who would graduate and disperse across the world before my return. I never knew …

Ellen in Helsinki, Finland

Moi! My name is Ellen and I am studying in Finland at the University of Helsinki. I am a mathematics major at Amherst but at the University of Helsinki I am a student in the Faculty of Arts. I have come to Finland hoping to explore Nordic life and to experience a more self-guided education system. While I am attending school in Helsinki, Suvisaaristo (translated as summer islands) will be my home, and I look forward to writing about my …

Only one? – Making Friends with French Natives

“A realistic goal for the semester is to make one good French friend.” I scoffed then. It was early September, during orientation for my study abroad program in Bordeaux. Confined to the stuffy university classroom, I was antsy. I longed to begin the experience already, to be free from the long hours of powerpoint presentations and overwhelming logistics. I had grand visions for the semester. Only one good French friend? I assumed it was a given–I was positive that things …

Darya in St. Petersburg, Russia

My name is Darya Bor – Class of 2018, Film & Media Studies major, studying abroad with the Bard-Smolny Program in St. Petersburg. I was born in Minsk, Belarus, grew up in Phoenix, Arizona, and decided to return to my Russian roots for my study abroad experience. At Amherst, I worked in the Mead Art Museum as an Education Intern and in the Career Center as a Public Relations Intern, and in my spare time, acted as a managing arts …

Brian in Siena, Italy

Ciao, readers! My name is Brian, I’m a 2018 Black Studies major from Cape Cod, Massachusetts.This fall, I’ll be studying sustainability at the Siena School for Liberal Arts in Siena, Italy, in the hopes of learning a food anthropology framework to apply to the racialization of American food systems. I’m excited to challenge myself with this journey outside my previously Massachusetts-centered existence, and to share with you my experiences along the way. Stay tuned!

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