Walking on the beach in Mexico, collecting garbage, Blake Rupe never thought she’d be an Internet entrepreneur. But almost exactly one year later, that’s what happened.
[2014 Study Abroad Blog]- Kelsey Morfitt keeps us up to speed on her time on the USAC summer program in Prague, Czech Republic.
One week down, three to go; plus a couple of more weeks touring Europe. I know, life is rough. Last Tuesday afternoon, May 27th, I joined the USAC group for a tour of New Town Prague. We visited New Town Hall where a judge, burgomaster (similar to a mayor), and 13 council members were thrown out of a window from the Hall’s bell tower in 1419. Their political careers ended with a splat (defenestration). Remind me never to practice politics in Prague.
Although he was a fictional character dreamt up by Scottish author, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle in the late 1800s, many of Holmes’ techniques are effectively used today – over 130 years later. Indeed, the magnifying glass is an effective tool popularized by the detective, as are his methods of logical reasoning, disguise, and forensic science, which were simply unheard of at the time.
In this episode:
-Where is your favorite place to hang out in Iowa City?
-What's your favorite song right now?
-What was the most difficult thing about moving to Iowa?
Study Abroad blogger Kelsey Morfitt takes us through her first few days of her study abroad program in Prague: "I'm still recovering from jet lag, but Prague is beautiful. Two orientations down, one to go. So far, we've covered a lot of the city on foot and by tram, bus, and the metro (not to mention four flights of cement spiral stairs to our apartment). I was the only student without a suitcase, instead I had a travel pack on my back (35 lbs), and a backpack in the front (15 lbs) which certainly came in handy going up the stairs and over cobblestone roads."
As I write, I am sitting in bed, all of my clothes are packed in vacuum-sealed bags, copies of my passport are scanned, and my alarm is set. Yet here I am, wide awake, eagerly anticipating the big trip.
Ever since I first picked up the novel American Psycho a couple of years ago, I’ve had a sort of infatuation with famous serial killers. I became intrigued at the thought of gaining insight into America’s criminal justice system by studying its British roots – criminology is something that has always captivated me. In just a few days, I will be studying abroad in the United Kingdom in a program called Crime and Justice and Britain.
In this episode:
-What's your favorite American dessert
-Where is one place you would like to visit in the U.S.?
-What was the hardest thing about moving to Iowa?
The University of Iowa thinks it was the first university in the nation to do it. Saturday evening, the UI broadcast the Tippie College of Business graduation ceremony over the web to China, with Chinese commentary and translation.
Several UI students have received funding to study or conduct research abroad in 2014. In addition to the Fulbright U.S. Student Award winners, UI students have received Critical Language Scholarships, Boren Fellowships, and a DAAD Study Scholarship. See below for this year’s winners.
In this episode:
- What's your favorite restaurant in Iowa City?
- What's the best study spot on campus?
- What are you plans after graduation?
Commencement is going global. This weekend, thousands of Iowa Hawkeyes will walk across the stage, shake hands with campus leaders, and be recognized for their achievement in earning a University of Iowa degree. Among our graduates will be hundreds of students from other countries, those who have brought a welcome and necessary international perspective to our campus. The Hawkeye family is growing internationally.
On Saturday’s University of Iowa Tippie College of Business graduation ceremony, family members, friends, and potential international students in China will be able to watch the ceremony through a narrated version of a live-stream broadcast.
In her final blog for Study Abroad, Haley Church reflects on three of her favorite aspects of life in Botswana and the top three things she is looking forward to doing when she gets back home!
Eight University of Iowa students and alumni have been awarded Fulbright U.S. Student Program grants to conduct research, undertake creative projects, or serve as English teaching assistants abroad in 2014-15.