Saturday, February 27, 2010

Landed Down Under

I made it safely to Australia, although I had a 4 hour layover in the Sydney airport. What does one do when they arrive in a foreign country and have a layover? I don't know about you, but I look for 2 things: food and the internet. What do I love about Australia? The proximity of Asia....and therefore AWESOME asian food. I ended up going for Turkish food, but still. I saved the Asian food for later...

I found the best source of internet quickly: Everything Internet. If you have ever been to Europe, you will know that this "orange" brand is one of the best, easiest, and most economical ways to connect to the internet. Look for signs like this. Of went offline due to a technical error right when I got there, but oh well.

I've spent my first day, and really only whole free day hanging out with my brother, who lives on one of the busiest streets in Melbourne: Chapel Street. During the day, it is known for shopping, and at nights it is known for clubbing (according to my DJ brother). It is also filled with all kinds of characters, a cafe culture (all small, private owned business). Here you will find good coffee, high fashion, food from around the world, and pretty much any product you can think of. If you are here, some of the food places to check out are:

Thai: Patee Thai or Thai Lemongrass (I know, just like Maryville...but BETTER...I know, hard to imagine :) )
Williamsons - the best Aussie pies (as in Meat have no idea)
Hoo-Haa Restaurant Bar
Cafe Sienna: trendy drinks, Australian food...a bit of everything
Yellow Bird

Don't worry, I'll keep exploring. I'm definitely a foodie when I travel!

Here are a couple of pics from Chapel Street. Definitely a must see here in Melbourne. I should have taken them yesterday when it was sunny. Check out the variety of architecture! A little overcast today but still in the 70s.
The seminar starts tomorrow, but I'm still trying to find a way to get to Aussie Rules football while I'm here.
Later, Kirsten

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Welcome GCO




Hello Everyone! Welcome to Maryville College CIE blog! I am very happy to announce that starting from TODAY, "GCO"(Also known as: Global Citizenship Organization) is going to have a home here at this blog. Thank you CIE!

For those who do not know about "GCO", GCO is a student organizations that consists both international and American students at Maryville College. GCO has been very active since the first day it was founded and the goal of GCO is to
promote intercultural exchange between multicultural students, faculty, and staff on Maryville College campus and raise cultural tradition awareness amongst the Maryville College community.

GCO hopes this blog with CIE can bring more international diversity and interesting stories as well as activities info of GCO to Maryville College community, our lovely international and American students, and last our dear alumni. Please keep following the blog and following GCO. We will show you our best!
Historian of GCO

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

GateGuru Update

Gateguru is a pretty awesome application.

It tells you what services and food are available in each concourse. It even tells you if Internet is available and with which provider. It also tells you if the have currency exchange. Did I mention it is a free iPhone app?


Off to Australia

I am off to Australia for the Australian Higher Education Seminar. I will be visiting some of our ISEP partners and exploring new opportunities for collaboration for Maryville College. So, I am going to take you on this journey with me!

Maybe I will come up with some travel tips for you along the way...


First obstacle: there was a threat of snow in Atlanta, so all flights were cancelled, including mine! So my new routing is TYS-MEM-LAX-SYD-MEL. I haven't been through the Memphis airport for awhile, so I hope there are good dinner options. For those of you with iphones, there is a free app to tell you what there is to do or eat in various airports around the country. It is called GateGuru. I haven't tried it yet, but will let you know if it helps me!

Director, CIE

"Una rosa es hermosa, no importa donde se goza"♪♪

Arianna Hakiman
International Studies Major
Universidad Nacional, Costa Rica

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Hello all!
I’ve been a bit of a slacker. I apologize. Life here is going pretty swimmingly. This is the third week of classes, and they’re all turning out to be quite interesting. I switched out of Human Development and Education because it turned out to not have anything to do with education’s role in social development (my perception) but instead to be a Child Development class for Special Education teacher. Quite different. So, not I’m in a Spanish Literature class from the Siglo de Oro. The professor is quite funny. Ex. On his briefcase, he has a sticker that says “Poet on Board” instead of “baby on board” hahaha. Good one, profe. Unfortunately, I have to read all of Don Quixote. In Spanish. It’s….quite lengthy. All in all, I think I’ll have to work at my classes a bit because there are a lot of project and papers and readings, but it seems like it’ll be worth it in the end.

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Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Know Before You Go: Preparing for Safe Study Abroad

From the International Higher Education Consulting Blog:

Know Before You Go is the title of a new study abroad safety video prepared by Sara’s Wish Foundation. Find the time to watch this 7 minute video and then share with others you know who will be studying and travelling abroad.

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Monday, February 22, 2010

The Northern Irish Countryside

(View from Cavehill above Belfast Castle)

Sorry its been a while, things have become much more busy now that classes have really kicked off.  I just had my first full week of classes and volunteering this week, and I’m more exhausted then I thought I would be.  Recently, I’ve also been doing a lot of sight seeing of Northern Ireland.

Last Friday, My friend Jenna and I went to see Belfast Castle.  This quickly became my favorite day since I’ve arrived in Northern Ireland.  We hiked up a mountain to the very top, and the view was just beautiful. I was surrounded by the Moore Mountains, the Sea, Scotland in the distance, and the city under my feet.  It was amazing.

That Sunday, I visited the biggest tourist attraction of Northern Ireland, the Giants Causeway.

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February 22, 2010 

Joseph Courtney
Religion Major
Queen's University Belfast, Northern Ireland

Monday, February 15, 2010

Christina Eastridge
Spanish Major
Universidad Publica de Navarra, Spain 

February 15, 2010

So, the scheduled “Excursion of Navarra” with the school was cancelled due to inclement weather, but I and my friends did not want to sit around Pamplona sulking about icy rain and snow for a whole weekend. So, we packed up and went to Bilbao on Saturday! It was a really spontaneous trip. My roommate Fernanda and I, along with three of our other friends, Jane, Hanna, and Pilar, hopped on a bus with no itinerary except that we wanted to see the Guggenheim.

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Finding a Church in Northern Ireland

Joseph Courtney
Religion Major
Queen's University Belfast, Northern Ireland

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Before I left, I thought finding a church home would be easy. I mean Northern Ireland has a reputation for being very religious, and there is practically a church on every corner. There is even one right across the street from me. The first problem I experienced, however, was the name of the church I wanted to attend. At home, it’s the Episcopal Church which is a member of the Anglican Communion. It wasn’t until the 4th day here someone I asked told me the Irish equivalent would be the Church of Ireland.

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time fliessss

Arianna Hakiman
International Studies Major
Universidad Nacional, Costa Rica

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Ay, so much has happened! Blogging is intimidating, guys, but I’ll persevere.

So, from the time I got here last Sunday through this past Saturday, I was in study abroad orientation with the other 20 very nice ISEP students. We had lectures, signed up for classes, had tours of the Universidad Nacional’s campus, Heredia, and San Jose, and also went on a two night, three day “excursion” to the Selva Verde Lodge in Sarapiqui. It was a really nice retreat place in the jungle where they had nature walks and many retirees. On the trip we also went to a pineapple farm and ate the most delicious pineapple on the face of the planet, saw how chocolate was made and ate some muy muy rico chocolate, and went horseback riding for an unanticipated two and a half hours in the blazing sun, resulting in some major skin coloration/tanning/burning.

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Monday, February 1, 2010

Bloggers Abroad

There are several study abroad students who will be blogging about their experiences this semester! We will be posting excerpts here, but you are also welcome to follow them on your own.

Christina Eastridge
Spanish Major
Universidad Publica de Navarra, Spain

Chrissy is already there. Here are some of her first impressions:

28 January 2010

A few things I’ve noticed:

Mullets are the hairstyle of choice here. Especially when the longer-hair part is dreadlocks.
People here walk really fast; I fit in perfectly!
Everyone knows TN as “Jack Daniels.” This is because of the high number of billboards gloating that the best whiskey is from Tennessee. So when I say that’s where I’m from, I always get, “Oh si si, Jack Daniels!” hahaha
I have heard all different variations of Spanish accents: Polish-Spanish, French-Spanish, Brazilian-Spanish, American-Spanish, Belgian-Spanish, Australian-Spanish, Argentinean-Spanish, Chilean Spanish, etc. The cultural diversity among the exchange students is awesome!
All the rooms have “blackout blinds” so you can sleep at any time during the day. This I love :)

Arianna Hakiman
International Studies Major
Universidad Nacional, Costa Rica

Arianna, prior to departure, wrote:

ya vengo

"It was almost December and, and Jonas was beginning to be frightened. No. Wrong word, Jonas thought. Frightened meant that deep, sickening feeling of something terrible about to happen....It was not what he was feeling now with December approaching. He searched for the right word to describe his own feeling.
He had waited a long time for this special December. Now that it was almost upon him, he wasn't frightened, but he was...eager, he decided. He was eager for it to come. And he was excited, certainly...But there was a little shudder of nervousness when he thought about it, about what might happen. Apprehensive, Jonas decided. That's what I am."

Thank you, Lois Lowry, for The Giver. Well put.

And don't forget about:

Joseph Courtney
Religion Major
Queen's University Belfast, Northern Ireland

You've met him already, but no updates yet...

Choose your own adventure: study abroad!

Kirsten Sheppard
Director, Center for International Education

Welcome to the New Semester!

We said goodbye to several exchange and ESL students at the end of last semester/session, with many tearful goodbyes at the I-House and at the final event for December, our holiday dinner and ice skating party in Market Square. J-term saw many students traveling, but the students remaining on campus during January had plenty of things to keep them busy, from our trip to the Lost Sea to indoor wall/rock climbing. The I-House kitchen saw a lot of use too during birthday and goodbye parties and impromptu cooking parties.

Now we’re one week into the first semester of 2010. We are pleased to welcome nine new students from all over the world, from Brazil, Cameroon, England, France, Guatemala, Japan, and Korea. The welcome reception we held in their honor last Friday at 3 pm in the Bartlett atrium was successful at introducing the new faces and reuniting the old (or should I say more seasoned) faces on campus. We had a very pretty chocolate cake that said “Welcome New International Students,” and some fruit and drinks. There was quite a gathering as GCO members, current international students, and faculty and staff came to show their support despite the beginnings of a very snowy weekend.

Thanks to everyone who came, we hope you had as much fun as we at the CIE did, and good luck to those students who are beginning their classes this semester! We hope this semester is as good as the last. It’s amazing how May seems so far away from this point, yet the semester will be over before we know it, and we’ll have to say all those goodbyes again. So, make the most of this and every semester and enjoy your time here while it lasts!