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Voices from Cornell Abroad

Live from locations around the world


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.


Spring 2018

Nadia Bon – Oxford, UK

Nadia is spending the year at the University of Oxford

“Hello, my name is Nadia Bon, and I am from Brooklyn, New York. I will be studying at Pembroke College, Oxford University for my Junior year abroad. As a History major, I will be studying the History of Disabilities in Britain, specifically in the mid-18th to 19th Centuries. I will be focusing on how new laws such as the Poor Laws of 1832 changed the social structure and treatment of disabled people and others living on the fringes of society. I hope my experience abroad will allow me to explore my academic interests in depth, while also allowing me explore different cultures, make new friends, and broaden my horizons.”

Amelia Haddad – Shanghai, China
“Hi, I’m Amelia! I’m a junior in Arts and Sciences majoring in government with a minor in environmental and sustainability sciences. This semester, I’ll be studying abroad in Shanghai, China. My classes will be about Chinese society and will focus on a range of topics from globalization, to Chinese politics, to Asian religions. Although I’ve traveled abroad before, I’ve never been anywhere for longer than a week. I’m really excited to explore Shanghai over the next three months and to continue learning Mandarin.
Jenna Robinson – Aix-en-Provence, France

“My name is Jenna Robinson. I am a junior communication major in CALS with a minor in inequality studies. I am currently studying in the School of Humanities at an American university in Aix-en-Provence, France. Here, I am taking a variety of courses related to my major and minor along with a few electives. Growing up in New Orleans, Louisiana, I was surrounded by a culture heavily influenced by the French. From elementary to high school, I attended a school that was founded by St. Madeleine Sophie Barat, a French saint. Therefore, French was incorporated in my school’s culture as well. It only made sense to study in the country from where it all started. At first, my main goal for study abroad was to improve my French language skills, but since being here, I quickly realized that learning a language is only a small part of what abroad has to offer.”

Eve Glasergreen – Aix-en-Provence, France

Hi! Eve here! I’m a Junior double English and French major with a fine arts minor. I’m a member of the women’s cross country and track teams, specializing in long distance events. My goal is to become a professional writer publishing novels and poetry collections, which may entail teaching as a professor, as well. In my free time I love to hike, run, paint, read, and of course, write. While in France I hope to gain insight into nuances of culture and language, and to see as much art possible.

Gaela LaPasta – Prague, Czech Republic

“Ahoj! My name is Gaela LaPasta and I’m a Junior double majoring in Classics and Performance and Media Arts at Cornell. I am a filmmaker who is currently studying film production in the fairytale land of Prague. I’m curious and interested in nearly everything and I’m really enjoying have the big bright world of Prague and Europe to explore. If you follow my blog, I promise I’ll bring you around for the ride and share all the vegetarian food and the weird little, artsy nooks of the city in poetry, prose, watercolor, film, selfies, and whatever means I need to use to give you a window into my experience.

Fall 2017

Marissa Block – Copenhagen, Denmark
“Hi everyone! My name is Marissa and I am a junior in the School of Hotel Administration. This semester, I’ll be leaving behind Statler to study graphic design in Copenhagen with DIS. I’m interested in hospitality design, so I can’t wait to see how my classes complement my Cornell studies! I love learning about food, and will even be living in a culinary-themed house. My goals for this semester are to adventure throughout Europe, satisfy my art junkie needs, and finally understand the meaning of ‘hygge.’ And, of course, take too many photos of my adventures and the wonderful people I meet
Anne Snabes – Paris, France
“I’m a junior in the College of Arts & Sciences majoring in English and Biological Sciences. I hail from Ann Arbor, Michigan, and love lakes, books and journalism. On campus, I write for The Cornell Daily Sun and I’m a part of the Cornell Catholic Community’s student leadership team. I am studying in Paris this fall semester in the EDUCO program. I’m excited to take classes in French literature and Biology at the University of Paris Diderot. I plan to improve my French language skills this semester, and I hope to tell fascinating stories in this blog.
Sidney Lok – Hong Kong

“Hi! I’m a junior studying Environmental Engineering and I will be abroad in Hong Kong during the Fall 2017 semester. I was born and raised in New York City, but my parents are both immigrants. My dad is actually from Hong Kong. I’ve never had a chance to visit and explore the city my dad grew up in, so I am taking this chance to immerse myself in the culture of Hong Kong while studying in the unique sustainability and engineering courses that my host school HKUST has to offer. I hope to focus specifically on developing my Cantonese speaking skills and my knowledge of the sustainable development landscape unique to Hong Kong.”

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