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Blogs from the Field: 2008-2009

 

These blogs were written by students studying abroad in the 2008-2009 academic year. If any links are broken, please email us at geo@hampshire.edu. Go here to see blogs by students currently studying abroad.

MAY/SUMMER 2009 FIELD COURSES

Heartlands: Hampshire College in Central Europe
Hampshire faculty James Wald and Polina Barskova, along with a group of 10 student participants, blog about their travels, learning experiences, and impressions in Prague, Czech Republic and Kraków, Poland.

Students from three different colleges examine the dynamic of authority and resistance, particularly in the modern and contemporary era while participating in Hampshire’s newest short-term field course abroad, Identities, Cultures, and Texts in East-Central Europe (May/June '09). This course was designed in conjunction with the Dartmore Institute for Central European Studies.


Reality Equation
Parimal Satyal blogs from Hefei, China, where he is learning Mandarin for the first time and enjoying Chinese culture.

Parimal is a Div I student studying Mandarin Chinese at the Anhui Agricultural University while participating in the Hampshire Summer Intensive Chinese program (Summer ’09).


SPRING 2009 / FULL ACADEMIC YEAR

Posts from Nagoya
Jacob (Jake) Kolpas is spending four months in Nagoya, Japan, followed by a month of traveling around Asia. He blogs about his experiences studying abroad as well as his travels through East Asia.

Jake is a Div II student concetrating on media and linguistic studies while participating in the International Student Exchange Program (ISEP-Exchange) (Spring '09).

Action Athena
Athena Currier updates her web comic/blog three times a week, posting a new comic and sharing what's going on with her life abroad in Berlin, Germany

Athena is a Div II student studying writing and media studies while participating in the Hampshire in Berlin program (Spring '09).

Michael Beggs' Travel Journal
Michael Beggs, a second year student, blogs from Edinburgh, Scotland, where he's studying art and music.

Michael is studying as a Div II student at the University of Edinburgh on Hampshire Exchange in Scotland (Spring '09).


Belonging Everywhere and Nowhere

Alessandra Crookston begins her third year embarking on a year-long academic exchange to Sciences Po in Paris, France. She’s Italian-American and lived in France for a year in high school, as well as elsewhere in Europe. Her academic concentration is on international relations and immigration.

Alessandra is a Div II student studying at the Institut d'Etudes Politiques (Sciences Po) through Hampshire Exchange in France (Fall '08-Spring '09).


All Signs Point North

Faye Gotlieb, a third year student, is studying Russian language and area studies in Vladimir, Russia. She hopes to be as much of an observer as possible while she blogs about her experiences there.

Faye Gotlieb (06F) is participating in the American Councils Advanced Russian Language and Area Studies Program (RLASP) as Hampshire Field Study (Spring '09). Faye's experience abroad is financially supported by the Benjamin A. Gilman Scholarship, the Critical Need Language Supplemental Award (part of the Gilman Scholarship program), and a scholarship from the U.S. Department of Education Fulbright-Hays Group Projects Abroad Program.


Liz in Edinburgh
Liz Looker, a third year student, blogs from Edinburgh, Scotland, while studying sociology.

Liz is studying as a Div II student at the University of Edinburgh on Hampshire Exchange in Scotland (Spring '09).


Cultural Tourism 101
Peter Graham and Brigid Pasco co-author a blog as they study together in Berlin, Germany. Peter's concentration is in art theory in modernity, and Brigid studies dance, computer music, and interactive technology.

Peter and Brigid are Div II students participating in the Hampshire in Berlin program (Spring '09).

Lost in Paris

Jenny Xie blogs as she studies abroad at Sciences Po in Paris, France. Her academic studies include political science, economics, and French. 

Jenny is a Div II student studying at the Institut d'Etudes Politiques (Sciences Po) through Hampshire Exchange in France (Fall '08-Spring '09).


Hampshire Alum Blogs as a Peace Corps Volunteer
Recent alum Aaron Evans-Janes (03F) blogs extensively while in Zambia as a Peace Corps volunteer.


When in China

Recent alum Rose Hansen (03F) blogs while teaching English at one of Hampshire's partner institutions, Anhui Agricultural University in Hefei, China. She will be teaching English for three semesters (spring 2009 and the 2009-2010 academic year).

Rose previously studied in China with Hampshire's Summer Intensive Chinese Program. Students can also study in China during the academic year through Hampshire Exchange in China.


Living Life Frame By Frame
Recent alum Kelsey Freeman (02F) is a nomadic photojournalist-hopeful currently teaching English on a small rural island in southern Korea for the 2008-2009 academic year.

Hampshire students can study abroad in Korea through the International Student Exchange Program (ISEP-Direct).

 

FALL 2008

Harrison's Photoblog
Harrison Fuerst's photos from volunteering at the Fuyang AIDS Orphan Salvation Association (summer 2008), followed by a semester studying, working, and doing a translation internship in Hefei, Anhui province, China.

Harrison is a Div II student studying at Anhui Agricultural University through Hampshire Exchange in China (Fall '08).


A Semester in Ghana

Andrea Gagne blogs about her semester abroad at the University of Ghana near the capital city of Accra, Ghana. Andrea's studies will focus on development, media, and communications. In addition to coursework at the university, Andrea intends to conduct independent research on Ghanaian media.

Andrea is a Div II student studying at the University of Ghana via the International Student Exchange Program (ISEP) (Fall '08).


Aly Has Adventures in Australia

Allysa Pilkons blogs abroad while studying at Macquaire University in Sydney, Australia. Aly's academic pursuits span creative writing, art, sociology, and philosophy.

Allysa is a Div II student studying at Macquarie University through Hampshire Exchange in Australia (Fall '08).


To Go Is Not Enough

Victoria Quine, a third year, blogs while "studying abroad in the land down under." After spending summer 2007 at the National Insitute of Circus Arts in Melbourne, Australia, she's returned for a semester of study at Melbourne University.

Victoria is a Div II student studying abroad in Australia through AustraLearn while on Field Study (Fall '08).


SANKOFA

Brittney Sampson blogs abroad while studying at Stellenbosch University in Matieland, South Africa. She is studying history and creative writing.

Brittney is a Div II student participating in the International Student Exchange Program (ISEP-Direct). Her study abroad experience is being supported by a Benjamin A. Gilman Scholarship (Fall '08).


Hängmatta

Erin Schneider documents her adventures while studying folk music and folk arts at the Birka Folk School in Jämtland, Sweden

Erin is a Div II student participating in the Scandinavian Seminar program while on Field Study (Fall '08).

 

 

 

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