Intro: Food Sustainability in the Arctic

2/15/2019 Hi! I’m Olivia, Class of ‘20 and I’m a Geology major from Bend, Oregon. This semester I’m studying at the University Centre in Svalbard (UNIS) on the Norwegian archipelago of Svalbard, which is about halfway between mainland Norway and the North Pole. UNIS is focused exclusively on Arctic studies, and by definition the school cannot teach any courses that are taught on mainland Norway. This basically means that all of the courses incorporate a ton of field work, which …

Expectations and First Impressions

I would like to say that I arrived in Spain without fully-formed expectations, but that would not be entirely honest. Before arriving in Madrid I spent hours imagining what it would be like to walk down picturesque streets (such as the ones pictured below) and to eat traditional Spanish dishes like croquetas and paella. Once I decided to spend a semester in Spain, I began to feel a hunger: the need to make a checklist of “must-have” experiences that if …

Sustainability Fellow: Bixie in Göttingen, Germany

Mx. Bixie Eutsler is a writer, filmmaker, and all around creative type. They’re currently studying gender and feminist theory in the picturesque University town of Göttingen, Germany but will be returning to Amherst in the fall of 2019 to complete their SWAGS and German majors. For their role as a Global Sustainability Fellow they hope to learn more about Germany’s complex trash and recycling systems in the hope that similar concepts can be applied to Amherst.

Sustainability Fellow: Olivia in Svalbard, Norway

Hi, I’m Olivia! I come from Bend, Oregon and I’m a Geology major in the class of 2020. This semester I’m studying in the archipelago of Svalbard, Norway at the northernmost university in the world (located at 78° N, which is about 650 miles from the North Pole). My courses here are focused on Arctic Geology, and in my free time I’m doing lots of skiing! As a Global Sustainability Fellow, I will be exploring the topic of modern food …

Sustainability Fellow: Yuko in Paro, Bhutan

Hi, kuzuzangpo-la, and welcome to my Bio! My name is Yuko Nakano and I’m in Paro, Bhutan, the Land of the Thunder Dragon and a country where the spirit governs the land. More on that in future posts. I’m a junior at Amherst College, and I am pursuing an environmental studies major and an international relations certificate through the five-colleges. Interdisciplinary is a concept I resonate with in and out of the classroom. In the grand valleys and mountains of …

Amanda in Sydney, Australia

Hi!  My name is Amanda and I am a biochemistry and biophysics major from New York City. I am spending my spring semester at the University of Sydney, where I will take classes in biology and physics.  I will be living at the women’s residential college of the university.  I have never been to Australia before and I am looking forward to the sun and the wildlife.

Stuart in Madrid, Spain

Hello! My name is Stuart Robbins and I am an American Studies major at Amherst. This semester, I will be seeking to develop a more nuanced and global perspective through my studies at Syracuse University in Madrid, Spain. I am most excited to increase my Spanish language skills and immerse myself in Spanish culture. During the semester I will be navigating the roller coaster of emotions that comes from living in a new culture. I love cooking, exploring the outdoors, …

Now What?? A Few Things I Learned While Abroad and What Happens Next

Hi everyone! I’ve been back home in the US for about two weeks now. I will admit that I did have a bit of reverse culture shock when I first came back. Instead of cobblestone streets and my yellow bike, I was back to driving my van in the suburbs. Instead of my favorite Danish coffee shop and pastries, I was back in my favorite pizza place because, after all, nothing beats New York pizza. I was reunited with a …

Final Blog

I did not prepare myself for my return home especially the emotions I am experiencing now. I had to say goodbye to my life of travels, to the friends I made, to the city I had come to appreciate and love. I sit at home now watching Netflix or occasionally going out to see my friends and family. When I am asked about my travels abroad, I get excited and nostalgic and then frustrated when I do not see the …

My Identities Abroad

Now that my time is ending in Spain, I thought I would share some of my thoughts about my various identities and traveling abroad in Spain and other countries in Europe. I will discuss my black, American, and New York City identities in hope to show how each one shifts my power and privilege in different contexts. Let’s start with my black identity. I must admit that it was difficult to be black in Europe. I remember the first week …

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