Author: btf5 - Date: May 10, 2010
Explore life with our student bloggers through our Blog Journalist postings. Postings from previous bloggers are also available – see where they’ve been on the map on the About page. To learn more about Cornell Abroad, visit our web site.
| Michael Chapin – Oxford, UK
Hi, my name is Michael Chapin and I am a junior in the College of Arts and Sciences majoring in Near Eastern Studies. I particularly enjoy studying the ancient Near East and the development of religion in human society. I am active in Cornell’s Chorale and Wind Symphony, and I spent my sophomore year as an RA in JAM. I am spending my junior year studying abroad at St. Catherine’s College, Oxford. Outside of school, I am active in the Boy Scouts as a summer camp counselor, and I am a voracious reader of science fiction and fantasy.
| Alyssa Shuster – Copenhagen, Denmark & Otago, New Zealand
Hi there! My name is Alyssa and I’m a junior majoring in Psychology. Over the next year, I will be living and learning in two hemispheres. Fall semester I will be studying at the Danish Institute for Study Abroad in Copenhagen, Denmark. Spring Semester I’m heading down under to the South Island of New Zealand, where I will be studying at the University of Otago in Dunedin. In both places, I’m looking forward to experiencing different cultures and ways of life. I can’t wait to share my adventures with you, from Denmark to Dunedin, and many places in between!
| Patrick Molligo – Berlin, Germany
Hello, my name is Patrick and I’m a junior in the College of Arts and Sciences double majoring in Economics and German Studies. I’ll be spending the next year studying at the Free University in Berlin, Germany. While an obvious goal of mine is to improve my German, I’m hoping that Germany’s central role in the Eurozone will compliment my Economics studies as well. In my spare time at Cornell I enjoy playing rugby, an activity that I’ll attempt to continue during my stay in Berlin. That said, I’m approaching this trip with an open mind. Here’s hoping you enjoy reading this blog. Auf wiedersehen.
| Lauren Pey – London, UK
Hi everyone! My name is Lauren Pey, and I will be spending my junior year at the London School of Economics and Political Science! I recently transferred to the Applied Economics and Management major, with a specialization in Environmental and Resource Economics. Outside of class, I work with the Social Business Consulting group, am a CALS Ambassador, am a Cornell Tradition Fellow, am in Delta Gamma sorority, and am employed on campus. I am from the San Francisco Bay Area, where I was raised to enjoy discovering different foods and cultures from around the world! Thus in addition to exploring London and the English countryside, I am excited to take weekend trips to countries around Europe for a chance to explore even more of the world!
| Kyrsten Costlow – Capetown, South Africa
Hi everyone! My name is Kyrsten, and I’m a junior Psychology major with a minor in Creative Writing. I will be studying abroad in Cape Town, South Africa this fall through CIEE. During my time abroad, I will be taking classes at the University of Cape Town while living in a homestay with a local South African family. I also hope to get involved in clubs on campus, volunteer in the community, and travel around South Africa in my free time. My main goal for this semester is to push myself outside of my comfort zone by immersing myself in a new culture and by trying new things, and I look forward to sharing these experiences with you!
| Tejal Thakkar – Granada, Spain
Hi everyone! My name is Tejal, and I will be studying in Granada, Spain this semester. I am a junior at the School of Hotel Administration at Cornell, but my second passion is learning about cultures and languages. While in Granada, I hope to soak in the Spanish culture, learn about the history of this impressive city, and improve on my Spanish along the way. Hopefully I will get to contribute a little bit to their community as well! Story telling is one of my favorite things to do, so I am incredibly excited to be able to share my experiences and stories with you through this blog. ¡Un Saludo!
|Jasmyn Mimiko – Barcelona, Spain
¿Qué tal? My name is Jasmyn. I’m a junior in CALS studying animal science, and I will be spending my spring semester in the very lovely city of Barcelona, Spain. “Why Spain?” you ask. Well, with the ever growing hispanic population in the United States (and particularly in South Florida, my home), I think it will be imperative to know spanish. Not to mention Spanish is the second most spoken language in the world, so I figure it will come in handy. While in Spain, I’ll be studying Spanish at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra. I’m very excited to submerge myself in the Spanish language and culture (especially food)! I love learning about new cultures and exploring new cities, and I will be sharing my experiences with you. So I hope you’ll join me on my journey!
| Monique Hall – London, UK
Hello there! My name is Monique and I’m a junior Human Development major with minors in Creative Writing and Film. I’m excited to be living, learning, and interning abroad in London, UK this semester. I’ll be participating in the Boston University London Internship Program with a concentration in Film, Radio, and Television. In this program, I’ll get to study British media in the classroom and then apply what I’ve learned to the real world through an internship. Although this won’t be my first time in London, I’m excited to be returning for longer than one week and when I’m older than 14. I hope my time in London will provide me with experiences and adventures to last a lifetime. My wish is to return to the US with more than a few great stories to tell and memories to keep.
| Celeste Gonzales – London, UK
Hello there! My name is Celeste, and I’m a junior in the College of Arts and Sciences, where I’m majoring in History and minoring in Law & Society. This spring semester I’ll be studying in King’s College London in the United Kingdom. I’m very excited to live in the heart of London and be constantly surrounded by so much history. I’ve always been fascinated by the history of royal families, being particularly interested in the British royal family, and how they have evolved into their present-day form. I’m hoping that studying in London will give me the opportunity to explore this interest of mine. In my spare time I love to read and watch films, so I can’t wait to delve deep into British literature as well as cinema and theater.
|Olivia Wittels – Buenos Aires, Argentina
Hola! My name is Olivia and I’ll be spending the spring semester in Buenos Aires, Argentina. I’m an English major, Spanish minor (but potentially major, depending on how the semester abroad goes) in the College of Arts and Sciences. Outside of academics, I’m a member of the club tennis team, the co-chair of Colleges Against Cancer, and a sports writer for the Daily Sun. I’m a really active person who loves the outdoors, which is why South America is the perfect place for me; Patagonia and Machu Picchu are just a two of the many places I hope to explore. I’ll be living in a homestay, and even though it won’t always be easy, eight years of studying Spanish will definitely help me get by. And although I have a terrible sense of direction, I’m genuinely looking forward to all the places I’ll discover while lost in Buenos Aires. Of course, I’m also ready for the vino, steak, partidos de fútbol, and potential sports star sightings (tennis player Juan Martín del Potro, here I come). I’m beyond excited for this semester and I can’t wait to share my experiences with all of you!
| Gerrit Wissink – Paris, France & Dakar, Senegal
Hi everyone, my name is Gerrit and I am a Government major, International Relations minor in the College of Arts and Sciences. Over the next year, I will be studying political science in the francophone world. In the fall, I will be in Paris, France and in the spring will be Dakar, Senegal. Through exposure to the two education systems, diverse cultural backgrounds, and different modes of political thought, I am excited to grow academically and personally through my study abroad experiences. Thank you for taking the time to share this year with me by reading this blog – it should be quite the time!
| Moniek van Rheenan – Sevilla, Spain
¡Saludos a todos! My name is Moniek and I will be spending my junior year in beautiful Seville, Spain. I am pursuing a double-major in English and Spanish, as well as dabbling in linguistics. When not in class, I volunteer with Cornell Elderly Partnership, meet with prospective students as an A&S Ambassador, run with the lightning-fast track club, lector for Cornell Catholic, and work as a TA for a Dutch distance-learning course. While in Spain, I am looking forward to immersing myself in the traditional Andalusian culture and become well-acquainted with the native sevillanos. I believe that both language and culture provide invaluable insight into a person, while at the same time helping me shape a better understanding of myself. I hope you will join me on my journey as I sip café con leche, munch on tapas, celebrate Feria and la Semana Santa, and dance flamenco through the cobbled streets of Sevilla!