Semester Off-Campus Student Blogs

Fall 2017

Brianna Borror

 

 

Brianna Borror
Semester in Spain
Junior, Marketing major and Spanish minor

...I have now been up for 30 hours with a few tiny naps here and there on the plane rides. On top of the jet lag, I have also been punched in the face with Spanish. But not the spanish that I was taugh in shcool, Andalucian Spanish. Here the pronunciation is different and the form of vosotros is used, which all of my teachers in high school told me I was never going to use. Well...guess what?.....

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Reagan Swier                                                                           

Reagan Swier
GoEd, Thailand
Junior, Communication major and Writing minor

...So far, I have only been in Thailand for a couple short days, but I have been traveling for almost an entire week. I started by heading from Portland to D.C. last Tuesday for our program orientation. I arrived early, so I was able to take advantage of my time by making a visit to IJM (International Justice Mission) headquarters. If you haven’t heard of them, they are one of the leading international organizations in the fight against human trafficking.....

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Gary Buckley                                                        

Gary Buckley
Ecuador, Living and Learning
Senior, Economics major and Math minor

....Welcome to my blog about my semester in Ecuador. On Wednesday, I will fly to Quito - the capital of Ecuador - where I will live, eat, learn, and play for the next four months. Thank you all for your prayers during my preparation for the trip. Also, thank you to all who have supported me with gifts and money......

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Katie Wells                                                         

Katie Wells
Lithuania, LCC
Senior, International Studies major

...I’m a 20-something year old, college girl just living the dream at LCC International University in Klaipeda, Lithuania....

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Kyler Schubkegel                                                       

 

Kyler Schubkegel
Oxford, BestSemester
Junior, English and Philosophy major

...This represents an incredible opportunity to try my hand at a different mode of scholarship, and in a challenging and unfamiliar environment. The subject material promises to inspire me and deepen my thinking (could we really expect anything else of Aquinas?) but I’m also expecting this experience to help determine whether a grad program like Oxford’s could factor into God’s design for my future....

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Taylor Staman

Taylor Staman
GoEd, Thailand

Senior, Christian Ministries major

...Every morning at 5:30 am the bell rings for the TLCC students. Then comes singing, then the occasional shots from a farmer shooing away birds, then the monk’s chanting (our new neighbor), and the roosters. Occasionally we also hear cannon shots to scare away the evil spirits at the crematorium down the street. It’s quite the wakeup call for a non-morning person....

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Hannah Dierdorff

Hannah Dierdorff
Romania, Word Made Flesh
Junior, English major

....Six days ago, I arrived in the Bucharest airport, alone, surrounded by sounds of a strange language, 9,000 miles away from home. Unwashed and rumpled from 30 hours of travel, I felt once again a soft, familiar covering lift from my skin and be carried away. A sense of nakedness settled over me, as in the old dream where you go to school or church without a shirt or pants.  In the next few days, enveloped by an ocean of new words, buildings, and faces, I sometimes wondered, What in the world am I doing in Romania?....

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Danielle Howard

Danielle Howard
Oxford, BestSemester
Junior, Music major

...Already, I am just over two weeks into my program over here at Oxford and it has been an absolute adventure! This trip is my first time leaving the North American continent, which kinda didn't hit me until I parted ways with my dad at Sea-Tac Airport. Navigating the airport by myself was admittedly a bit terrifying for me (especially in anticipation of my first international flight), though once I was reunited with a friend of mine going on the same trip, I was able to relax and get settled in....

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Audrey Alvarado

Audrey Alvarado
Rome, Veritas Program
Junior, Art and Design major

...Week two of classes have begun! I am already practicing my Italian language with the locals, learning about the history of the church and touring more of Rome. Today my sketching class visited Circus Maximus, Giardino degli Aranci, Basilica di Santa Sabina and a few other hidden oasis’s. So far academics are off to a good start...

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