Untold Stories: Semester in Russia

Semester in Russia|семестр в России Interviewee: Nate Proctor Interviewer: Angely Martinez Nate studied for a semester with AIFS in St. Petersburg, Russia: check out this program the AIFS website! What caused you to choose Amman, Jordan as your study abroad location? I’ve had a fascination with Russian history and the Cold War since I was young. The interest blossomed into something more akin to an obsession once I was exposed to...

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Salsa dancing, Snorkeling, Playa Girón, and the Crimson Tide in Havana
Mar30

Salsa dancing, Snorkeling, Playa Girón, and the Crimson Tide in Havana

The last few weeks have been busy. The philosophy department soccer team is undefeated in The Caribbean Games (playing in the semifinals this week). I’ve been working on a group Bioethics project with two of my classmates, Ray and Roberto. They’ve been teaching me a lot of the colloquial Cuban vocabulary. Likewise, I’ve taught them some of the more important American phrases, (e.g. Roll Tide, etc).   The Cuban National Baseball...

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Estoy Aburrida
Mar25

Estoy Aburrida

“Estoy aburrida,” translates into “I am bored,” which is a completely acceptable thing to say I suppose. However, when the goal is to communicate “I am boring,” the jovial self-deprication quickly becomes an insult towards your current companions. Just a random example of how a communication major like myself has repeatedly found herself unable to communicate. But hey, such is life. And if I have...

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The Halfway Mark
Mar25

The Halfway Mark

I’ve currently been in shock that I have already been here two months and I have midterm exams this week! This trip so far has been amazing and has opened my eyes to such a different way of life. My political science classes here have taught me that Europe has just as many hot political debates as the United States but they do not like to broadcast them as much as we do.  I have also learned to cook for myself, something I was...

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For Those Needing a Good Laugh (A Parisian Drama)
Mar13

For Those Needing a Good Laugh (A Parisian Drama)

They say studying abroad is a “life changing” experience. What an overused cliché right? Wrong. It really is. Less than a month after arriving to Europe, I was slapped in the face with a reality check of comical proportions. But before I get to the juicy details, a bit of background and summary of my first month. I departed from the U.S. on Jan. 14th; however, my program did not start until Jan. 20th in Spain so I made a...

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