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E.g., Friday, June 30, 2017
E.g., Friday, June 30, 2017

Welcome to my first blog! Hopefully that doesn’t scare you away -- we are, after all, just amateurs. As far as I’m concerned, we shouldn’t be concerned about it. If being an amateur, poet, singer, songwriter, actress, writer, and human has taught me anything, it’s that we must all go through this stage on our path to greatness. Or, in my case, heightened mediocrity.

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Study Abroad will host an information session on its popular summer Iowa Hispanic Institute program in Valladolid, Spain, on Wednesday, February 15, from 4:00-5:00 p.m. in 217 Macbride Hall. 

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The University of Iowa is encouraging students from certain countries to avoid traveling outside of the U.S. in response to an executive order by President Donald Trump.

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New restaurants, stores draw Asian customers, those looking to explore other cultures

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The focus of the UI Theme Semester in spring 2017 is the internet, the global system of connectedness that has literally made the world smaller. It enables the efficient processing of complex information, the transfer of knowledge and ideas beyond the borders of language and geography, technological advances few would have dared imagine possible mere decades ago, and rapid communication that can save lives, start a revolution, crowdfund research, and play to both our better and worse natures in interpersonal exchange. WorldCanvass guests talked with host Joan Kjaer about "Our Lives Online."

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Amin Bagheri is a current UI student majoring in history and philosophy. Amin’s parents are also alumni of Iowa. Jamshid Bagheri (father) received his MA in aesthetic dentistry and Afsaneh Ghavamnasiri (mother) studied linguistics. Mr. Bagheri was awarded best dentist in Mashhad, Iran and Mrs. Ghavamnasiri takes time to care for at least one orphan in her hometown.

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International Programs and Study Abroad invite you to attend "Hawks Like Me," a study abroad information session sponsored by the Center for Diversity and Enrichment. This event will take place on Wednesday, February 5, 2017 from 6:00-7:00 p.m. in UCC 1117 International Commons.

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For Dr. Kendra Strand, one of the best things about living in Iowa City is being able to walk to and from her classes on a nice day, taking in the scenery. But it’s not just the daily strolls she loves the most—rather, it’s being able to take a different street each day and discover new places, views, and perspectives wherever she goes.

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As this is my first blog post, I will tell everyone a little about myself. My name is Quinn Terrill; I’m a senior at the University of Iowa studying Human Physiology and planning on a very epic victory lap after this semester is over.

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Each morning when I wake up in my French apartment, I feel a tiny flicker of panic. Where am I? What am I doing? How could I possibly have packed up and left my entire life behind in the States? Each morning, I make myself a cup of chocolate-pear tea (weird, I know, but I’m making my way through the entire tea section of Carrefour), look out the window at my new city, and reacquaint myself with my new life. Each morning, it gets a little easier.

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On the next WorldCanvass, we investigate adverse childhood experiences and the negative physical and mental health consequences children and adults with these experiences may face. If left unaddressed and untreated, the toxic stress of childhood adversity can have serious health repercussions throughout a lifetime. But important advances are being made in the recognition and treatment of health issues related to adverse childhood experiences, many of them led by physicians and researchers at the University of Iowa. WorldCanvass host Joan Kjaer will speak with experts from a wide range of health disciplines as well as child advocates from the Iowa City Community School District and Johnson County on February 20, from 7:30-9:00 p.m., when the topic is “Resilience Over Trauma.” The free event will be held in the Recital Hall of the Voxman Music Building. No tickets are required.

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Happy New Year, Hawkeyes! We're excited to announce our Study Abroad Bloggers for the spring 2017 semester. These unique individuals were selected from a competitive pool of writers to tell the story of their destination and represent the voice of University of Iowa students while abroad. Throughout the semester, these students will share their experiences through writing and photography to be published weekly here on International Accents. 

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Emotional maturity is listed as a pre-req for my Rwanda-based program and, considering I’ll be studying the aftermath of a genocide that took 800,000 victims in 100 days, it isn’t hard to see why.

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Fatehiya Mohammed and Azeez Al-Jumaili are the parents of Ali-Azeez Ali Al Jumaili, a student from Iraq currently pursuing his doctorate in pharmaceutical socioeconomics.

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Do you want to try cooking Korean food? Learn about Korean culture while making Korean food at one of several cooking classes offered by the King Sejong Institute at the University of Iowa.

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Start planning your study abroad experience and learn about available scholarships at Study Abroad's Open Advising event being held Tuesday, February 7, from 10am-2pm in 1117 University Capitol Centre.

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The 2016-2017 Fulbright Lunch & Learn seminar series continues with "A Transformative Year in South America: From UI to Venezuela" featuring guest speaker John W. Fuller, Ph.D

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Mila Brassart (B.A. finance; B.A. French; International Business Certificate, ‘14) had one goal for her college years: conquering the French language. “Ever since I was in high school I had the very specific goal of first learning French, and then working for an American company overseas,” the McHenry, Illinois, native said. “Ignited simply by appreciating the language and culture, whilst having the comfort of having American roots.”

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The Confucius Institute at the University of Iowa is celebrating 10 years of collaborative programming between the University of Iowa, Iowa communities, East China Normal University and the Chinese Ministry of Education. Programs offered by the Confucius Institute serve to enhance and enrich language learning, cultural exchange and teacher education through classes, outreach and research.

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"Our Lives Online," the University of Iowa’s 2017 theme semester about the internet and technology, will explore the global system of connectedness, networks and collaboration that, along with rapidly developing technology, is changing our lives and possibilities with almost incomprehensible speed. The internet is a source of information, promoting attention to the development, access, inter-disciplinary work and cultural participation that takes place on campus, across the state of Iowa and around the world. The internet is also a tool that lets us communicate at lightning speed. How we choose to connect and communicate online is one of the defining challenges of our generation.

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Learn about earning UI credit while spending eight weeks during the summer interning full-time in the field of your choice.

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Learn about UI’s new partnership with The Education Abroad Network (TEAN) and our new sponsored programs in New Zealand!

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Benjamin Gilman Scholarship applications are now being accepted for summer 2017.

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After disappearing from my weekly blog for two months (sorry, UI International Programs!!), I wanted to leave some final thoughts on my time in Bolivia.

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How will doctors treat me if I fall sick in China?” “How will my medical bills be handled?” “How will I communicate vital information such as allergies to the medical staff if I have an emergency?” These are questions that many foreign students, including me, often forget to consider upon their arrival to China.

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