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 …

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 …

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 …

Bonnie in Taipei, Taiwan

Bonnie loves to ask questions and learn about the world. During her two years at Amherst College, her greatest achievements are declaring a major in statistics and not yet setting any kitchens on fire. For the next two years, she plans on explaining to people why dental school will want a statistics major as she deals with the pressure of other enticing graduate programs. When she is not planning out her future, she enjoys the practice of improvisational cooking and listening …

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! Harith’s PostsNever Say No to FromageNovember 8, …

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 …

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 …

Marc in Wellington, New Zealand

Kia ora! My name is Marc Daalder, and I’m studying this semester in Wellington, New Zealand. At Amherst I’m a Class of 2018 History major, and at Victoria University of Wellington I’ll be taking a mixture of History and Political Science courses, while also involving myself in the local journalism and activism scenes. Although I’ve lived internationally before, I’m excited for what will undoubtedly be a unique and fantastic experience! Marc’s PostsAnother WayMarch 7, 2017If you’ve gone on study abroad …

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