Tag Archives: study abroad

Calabria Is Its Own Animal

The cream colored Fiat 500 zips around the neglected and barren traffic circle, sending dust and dirt into a flurry behind it. A brown, hazy cloud almost imperceptibly rises above the sun-baked pavement; it will eventually resettle. As the car comes to a stop in front of us, I wonder...

Settling In

[I composed this piece in August 2015, almost two years after having moved to Germany, a month after having finished my Master’s degree at the University of Bonn, and just days before moving back to my native United States. Once back stateside, I knew that when sharing the last few...

Just a Spoonful of Gen Ed

I am the Open Curriculum’s biggest fan. I’ve taken courses in four departments every semester, and I would never double concentrate (too many restrictions). Even my single concentration, Comparative Literature, poses few limitations: it is in essence a mini open curriculum between the English, French, and Comparative Literature departments. All...

Discovering Catalonia’s Barcelona

La Fira is crowded with hot, sweaty Catalan bodies, dancing effortlessly to the Spanish music. He takes my hand in his, presses his other hand on my back, and pulls me closer. I didn’t know his name, but he was attractive and Catalan and he could dance, and for now,...

Rethinking Chinese and American Education

Over the seven months I spent in China, one of the most frequent questions people asked me was this: What’s the educational system like in the US? Often, the unspoken assumption behind this question was that whatever it was like, it must be better than China’s. This attitude seemed to...

Another Shitty Day in Paradise

BY IAN SHANK Yesterday, still sluggish with sleep, I drowned my Macbook Pro. The day had begun like most. After opening my eyes to the same time-bending darkness that re-sedates me each morning, I’d stiffened into an even tighter fetal ball, wondering, as I often do at that hour, whether...