Recap of A Sustainable Semester in Paris

  My semester studying in Paris has been an incredible learning opportunity within the context of my Global Sustainability Fellowship position. I began the semester researching sustainable plastic waste initiatives in Biarritz. Biarritz, a small city in the south of France, is where the G7 was most recently held in August 2019. Sustainability was on the G7 agenda; global leaders discussed inclusive ecological transitions, biodiversity erosion, tangible solutions for biodiversity erosion, and financing the preservation of biodiversity. In addition, the …

Sustainability in Parisian Households Interviews

  Rather than a more traditional long-form interview, I chose to conduct brief interviews with a variety of French inhabitants. Specifically, I spoke with twelve people ranging from full-time Parisian inhabitants to American students experiencing cultural immersion by living in French homestays. I thought it would be interesting to hear from a variety of perspectives in order to encapsulate the melting pot culture that comprises most major cities, Paris included. Below you can find excerpts from their thoughts on sustainability …

An Ode to Shiru Cafe

  Amherst and Doshisha are eerily similar in a lot of ways. The founder of Doshisha, Joe Nishijima, built it after being inspired by Amherst, after all, so it makes sense. But some of the similarities hit a little too close to home. For example, there is an alumni building on campus called “Amherst House” that looks identical to Garman House. The style of all of the structures are similar to that of Amherst, and the school color is a …

Finding Institutional Support Systems Abroad

Within these past few weeks, I have gotten some emails from my Amherst peers about QMUL and study abroad generally. For this post, I wanted to depart from looking at educational equality explicitly and provide some perspective on what studying abroad at QMUL has been like for me in terms of institutional support. Within the first week of my arrival on QMUL’s campus, I was tired and in a constant state of stress. Everything felt unfamiliar from not being able …

Climate Conversations: An interview with my host sister

  Salut tout le monde ! It feels like forever since I last sat down and wrote a blog post for you, because this semester in Paris is really flying by – however, as what feels like a decidedly long summer has snapped into a frosty fall, we can’t forget about the climate crisis just because we’re starting to wrap up warm! As we head into the winter months, it’s easy to lose focus and energy because of the dark …

Adaptation out of Necessity: Grocery Shopping

Adaptation. A fantastic characteristic to have, as well as an esoteric, indie Nicolas Cage movie. The former being a necessary skill to have when abroad, and the latter being a nice thing to have while abroad. This skill becomes especially important while transitioning between cultures, and particularly between America and Japan. I don’t think that many people expect for grocery shopping to be a difficult thing when going abroad. Language, cultural customs, financial difficulties — sure! These are the things …

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