The Benefits of Modern Technology–Skyping Across the Ocean

55-60% of all Pomona students study abroad, usually in their junior year.  I thought I'd start this post with this factoid I always tell my groups when I give tours.  I think this says a lot about Pomona and the globally engaged community of students that it creates.  Pomona makes it easy to study abroad--- with tons of programs in a multitude of countries, even some major spec...
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There and Back Again: Students’ Tales of Study Abroad

Wednesday evening, the Office of Study Abroad held its Welcome Back dinner for those of us who spent the Spring 2012 semester abroad.  This dinner gave us all a chance to chat and share experiences and the like, but it also has been making me think about our readjustment back into Pomona and the U.S.  Most of us have had a month or two to get used to being stateside again, but ...
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Settling In

Although I planned to make a list, I found myself at the grocery store (for the second time) alone and without any tangible guide to indicate what I forgot to buy on yesterday’s run.  The prices, in Pounds, looked deceptively cheap at first glance, and I kept blocking the narrow aisles while I stalled for mental (and inaccurate) conversions. I left, inexplicably, with four heav...
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Studying Abroad: (Suddenly) No Longer a Tourist

A boy, ~9 and dressed in a navy suit (a typical uniform, it seems, in Edinburgh,) gestured at me through the iron gate of his schoolyard.  Face pressed against the mesh between the slats, he asked if I could toss him a toy (presumably thrown) in the middle of the sidewalk.  I picked it up and delivered it over the fence, he thanked me in a perfect, adorable Scottish accent, and...
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A Sagehen Abroad

So, summer ended suddenly (stop the presses) and the departure of my inaugural-study-abroad flight mysteriously aligned itself with tomorrow’s date.  My multi-month repose quietly dissolved into a thousand dirty shirts strewn across my bedroom floor plus a million unnamed files on my desktop and a thick summer reading assignment with what is perhaps a trillion unread-but-hopefu...
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