Senior Profile: Megan Rouch (Japanese & German Studies ’19)

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As both a Japanese minor and German student and teacher’s assistant, I have witnessed firsthand the usefulness and value of a learning new languages. My knowledge as a linguistics major about both languages and their cultures, as well as language learning, use, and structure in general, has been highly informed by my experiences in these… Read More

Senior Profile: Hayley Snowden (Japanese Studies ’19)

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The highlight of my 4 years at William & Mary was my study abroad at Keio University in Tokyo, Japan, which was only possible with the guidance and instruction of the fantastic faculty of the Japanese Studies department. I’ll never forget traveling 5 hours with friends from around the world to see Mount Fuji encircled… Read More

Senior Profile: Erin Kitchens (Italian Studies ’19)

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Being a part of the Italian department has been one of my best choices in college. Even though Italian did not come easy to me, the Professor’s have always encouraged and challenged me. I have enjoyed the engaging classes that I have been able to take with the department. Speaking Italian allowed me to study… Read More

Senior Profile: William G. Neely (Hispanic & Arabic Studies ’19)

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My involvement with the Hispanic Studies department at William & Mary has been one of the most gratifying and enlightening journeys of my undergraduate career. From courses on grammar and vocabulary to more intensive seminars on the Francoist regime in Spain, the Hispanic Studies discipline has challenged my abilities and exposed me to new perspectives…. Read More

Senior Profile: Sarah Malks (Hispanic Studies ’19)

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First, I must thank my family, Mom, Dad, and Jonny, for being my inspirations. Thank you also to Brenna, Zoe, and Amelia for your unconditional friendship and love. To my friends that have already graduated, I look up to you, and rightly so. Finally, a special thanks to Professor Carmen Sanchis-Sinisterra who showed me that… Read More

Senior Profile: Ola Pozor (Hispanic & Russian Studies ’19)

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Since my very first early morning Russian 101 class and first Hispanic Studies Literature class my freshman year, I have been welcomed to the wonderful, tight-knit family that is the Modern Languages department. I’ve stretched far beyond mere “language and literature” courses, some of my favorites being, “Critiquing the American Dream,” The Politics of Food,”… Read More

Senior Profile: Molly Keck (Hispanic Studies ’19)

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I beyond grateful to the Hispanic Studies program and faculty for helping me grow tremendously as both a student and person. In addition to developing my language skills, the program has also inspired new passions for me that have motivated my future plans. After taking a wide variety of coursework, I have developed strong interests… Read More

Senior Profile: Margaret Gutmann (Hispanic Studies ’19)

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In Hispanic Studies, I’ve improved my Spanish skills and my ability to think critically. Some of the most meaningful experiences of my college career have been because of Hispanic Studies–studying abroad with the W&M program in La Plata where I got to learn about Human Rights and travel through South America, and a trip to… Read More

Senior Profile: Makena Barron (Hispanic Studies ’19)

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I have cherished every moment, every class, and every adventure that I have taken with the Hispanic Studies Department. As a freshman, I could not have fathomed that I would have the opportunity to travel to Cuba to conduct research that would continue throughout my time at the college. As a freshman, I would have… Read More

Senior Profile: Lisette Obando Pardo (Hispanic Studies ’19)

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The Hispanic Studies Department at William and Mary offered me many more opportunities than I could have imagined. Through the program, I was able to study abroad twice in Cádiz and Seville, Spain the summer of 2017 and spring semester 2018 last year. I was not only able to improve my Spanish reading and writing… Read More

Senior Profile: Julia Inglesby (Hispanic Studies ’19)

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My experience as a Hispanic Studies major has been defined by the people and experiences the department has connected me to. I have loved meeting classmates who share my interest in the culture, history, and language of the Spanish-speaking world and challenging myself to step outside of my comfort zone in classes taught by dynamic… Read More

Senior Profile: John Sims (Hispanic Studies ’19)

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Being a Hispanic Studies Major has pushed me outside of my comfort zone and opened my eyes to so many things that I do not think would be possible in any other area of study. Because of my studies in the program, I have had the opportunity to travel to both Argentina and Guatemala. Being… Read More

Senior Profile: Hannah Major (Hispanic Studies ’19)

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Some of my best experiences at William & Mary have been through the Hispanic Studies department, such as studying abroad in Cádiz and Sevilla, and traveling to the Basque region to do research over spring break. Through my classes, I have learned not just about the language, but about the importance of understanding and appreciating… Read More

Senior Profile: Gisela Fuentes-Amaya (Hispanic Studies ’19)

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I was struggling concentrating, stuck with writer’s block and a blank page in front of me. So, to ease my mind, I grabbed my favorite blanket, my laptop and my notebook and laid it down by a tree behind my dorm. Being careful of the ants around my feet and soaking in the sun that… Read More

Senior Profile: Francesca Peavey (Hispanic Studies ’19)

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Through my time in the Hispanic Studies program, I’ve gained an appreciation for cultural studies, as well as a new lens through which to understand the world we live in. My favorite experience was studying abroad in Cadiz, Spain last summer because I was able to become immersed in the language and culture I’d spent… Read More

Senior Profile: Elena Gaffney (Hispanic Studies ’19)

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My experience as a Hispanic Studies major at William and Mary has been incredible, and I am so grateful to have taken the courses and had the professors that I believe make this program so special. I have been able to take courses on topics like Francoism in Spain, Latina filmmakers, Arizona’s Ethnic Studies Ban,… Read More

Senior Profile: Claire Hadley (Hispanic Studies ’19)

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I have loved every second of my time with the Hispanic Studies department here at William & Mary. Some things I will always cherish are the passionate professors, dedicated students and challenging course loads that have made me the student I am today. Lunches at Marketplace with Profesora Carmen Sanchis-Sinisterra immediately come to mind when… Read More

Senior Profile: Arianna Afsari (Hispanic Studies ’19)

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One of the most incredible opportunities I pursued through Modern Languages was my year studying abroad in Seville. Although I have many cherished memories from Seville, I also treasure the moments and friendships that I have created with fellow students of Modern Languages and my professors at the College. Through the Hispanic Studies program, I… Read More

Senior Profile: Sebastian Viscuso (German Studies ’19)

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First, I would like to thank Professor Jennifer Gully for being a great professor, an excellent independent study advisor, and an all-around wonderful human being. I think of her as a close advisor and, dare I say, a friend. Further, I would be remiss not to mention Professor Bruce Campbell, who convinced me to major… Read More

Senior Profile: Lilian Merrill (German Studies ’19)

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I began taking German courses my freshman year simply to maintain language skills acquired in high school, but I quickly found a home within the department. In the summer of 2017, I studied in Potsdam with Professor Burney, completing an independent research project and taking classes at the local university. As a German TA, I… Read More

Senior Profile: Blake Phillips (German Studies ’19)

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Blake has enjoyed every minute of being in the German Studies program at the college. The summer he spent in Potsdam is one of the most eye opening and memorable of his entire life and he will always be grateful not only for the opportunity to live in Germany, but also for the friends he… Read More

Senior Profile: Sarah Lettau (french & Francophone Studies ’19)

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I initially wasn’t sure if I wanted to continue my studies in French at William & Mary, but since taking a French class the spring of my freshman year, I haven’t looked back! From the Montpellier summer program with Professor Fauvel to writing my honors thesis on the Harkis with Professor Leruth, the French program… Read More

Senior Profile: Leah Roemer (French & Francophone Studies ’19)

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I came to W&M thinking, “I’m just going to take a French class for fun, I probably won’t major in it.” My first semester in Professor Compan’s Cross-Cultural Perspectives class made me fall in love with the French Department and find a home here. I decided to take on a French minor. The more French… Read More

Senior Profile: Kathryn Ault (French & Francophone Studies ’19)

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When I came to William & Mary, I knew I wanted to continue my previous studies of French language and culture. I began with a single class in French & Francophone Studies, and before long, I had met so many supportive and encouraging professors and classmates, and expanded the depth and breadth of my learning… Read More

Senior Profile: Emily Knoche (French & Francophone Studies ’19)

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As a double major in French & Francophone Studies and Global Studies, through the Modern Languages and Literatures Department, I have been able to continue my study of French in addition to learning both Italian and Spanish. During my junior year, I had the pleasure of serving as the resident assistant of the French language… Read More

Senior Profile: Anna Hamel (French & Francophone Studies ’19)

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I am proud to be graduating with a degree in French and Francophone Studies. What began as simple appreciation of the language itself has blossomed into so much more. Through this program, I have learned about wide swaths of the world. I have been exposed to the rich history of France, which continues to amaze… Read More

Senior Profile: Alexander Hayes (French & Francophone Studies ’19)

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Through the French Department, I was able to study abroad in Montpellier during my fall semester of 2017. I traveled all around France to Bordeaux, Lille, Paris, and various cities in the South of France. Through the university, I took engaging courses on French private law and sociology. The best part of the experience was… Read More

Senior Profile: Lydia Funk (French & Francophone Studies ’19)

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While I never anticipated pursuing a degree in a foreign language when I arrived at William & Mary, the French Program and the Department of Modern Languages has become my home during my time at the College. I love the richness of the courses offered in Washington Hall, and benefited from both the Italian and… Read More

Senior Profile: Alexandra Cole (French & Francophone Studies ’19)

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As an Accounting and French & Francophone Studies double major, French classes have always provided me with an opportunity to engage with culturally stimulating material (and give my brain a break from numbers!). Language and culture study has helped me understand business interactions on a global scale. The highlight of my time with the Modern… Read More

Senior Profile: Shani Cave (Chinese Studies ’19)

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Shani Cave is graduating with a Chinese Studies major and Marketing minor. She studied abroad her sophomore year in Beijing through the W&M-Tsinghua program, which greatly shaped her education and career goals. She is tremendously grateful to her peers and professors, especially Professor Michael Hill, for encouraging and supporting her quest to be a future… Read More

Senior Profile: Rob Sherman (Chinese Studies ’19)

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I owe a lot to my Chinese education. It’s through learning Chinese that I was paid to travel over my sophomore and junior summers, first to Suzhou and then to Taiwan. Chinese fluency is also the reason I am able to get a job in the State Department as a Consular Fellow. But beyond material… Read More

Senior Profile: Griffin Vasile (Chinese Studies ’19)

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Throughout my time at W&M, my Chinese major has completed a metamorphosis from relatively quirky secondary interest to an active and formative part of my life.  It has influenced not only how I have chosen to spend my time these past four years, but also my outlook on the world moving beyond them.  My journey… Read More

Senior Profile: Giselle Jernigan (Chinese Studies major & Japanese Studies minor ’19)

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Giselle Jernigan has a major in Chinese and a minor Japanese.  She transferred to W&M her junior year and upon entering the Chinese department, quickly felt the encouragement of the language professors, who work so closely with their students to enhance their language skills, and the fellow culture professors, who invoke the connections between Chinese… Read More

Senior Profile: Colleen Mulrooney (Chinese Studies, 2019)

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Colleen Mulrooney (’19), Major in Chinese Language & Culture I came to the College of William & Mary with one simple hope—well, one among a few others, but the most important one was gaining a deeper understanding of China. I had been learning Chinese since age 13 and felt really ready to just declare a… Read More

Senior Profile: Alec Sharkey (Chinese Studies, 2019)

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My time in the Chinese department here at William & Mary has been one of unforgettable moments and wonderful experiences. Before coming to William and Mary I had spent time in both middle and high school studying Chinese language and culture, but my studies here at William and Mary truly elevated my previous studies to… Read More

Summer Study Abroad – Beijing, China (by Annecy Daggett)

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By Annecy Daggett When I found out I had been accepted into the William and Mary Summer in Beijing study abroad program, I was filled with pure excitement, but as the program neared, I developed many reservations about studying abroad. In the weeks leading up to my departure, I worried I wasn’t ready to live… Read More

A Dream-like Experience in Japan

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“I had a wonderful time in Japan,” Kenneth Li answered every time someone asked about his time during the summer break. Now when he reflects on that experience, everything seems to be scenes in a dream. Every morning and evening, Kenneth rode a bike along the gorgeous Biwa Lake to commute between school and his… Read More

Invaluable Learning Among Extraordinary People

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Hayley Snowden, Class of 2019 Had I been able to draw an ideal picture of what my study abroad at Keio University would look like, it would have matched reality exactly. My classes in Japanese cultural studies and Asian business offered me the vastly unique opportunity to hear a wide variety of perspectives from both… Read More

(Italian) Language at Work

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By Arika Thames (Theatre and Gender, Sexuality, & Women’s Studies double major ‘19)   This summer I had the pleasure of living and working in Italy for six weeks. After studying Italian for two years I was determined to spend my summer in the country in some capacity. Instead of studying abroad, I searched for… Read More

“Ciao Amore!”– A Reflection on the Generosity of Italian Host Families

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By Antonella Nicholas (Public Policy major and Italian minor, ’20) When I arrived in Italy,  I found myself immersed in a hurricane of terms of endearment. Before starting my studies in Florence, I stayed in Rome for a few days, and in restaurants, shops, and downtown, I always heard “Ciao, bella” and “Grazie, amore.”  It… Read More

Voyage of Discovery in Italy

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By Alexa Conti (class of 2021) Every year, the National Italian American Foundation (NIAF) sponsors 20 Italian-American college students to travel to Italy (for free!) for their first times. The Ambassador Peter F. Secchia Voyage of Discovery Program is meant to strengthen the Italian American identity by bonding young Italian-Americans to the country, culture, and… Read More

My First Trip to Italy

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By Marisa Lemma (Government major & Economics minor, ’20). I had been dreaming about going to Italy for as long as I can remember. I remember telling my parents even in third grade that I would one day visit Italy. I would pore over my “First Thousand Words in Italian” book trying to soak up… Read More

The Impact of a Language

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By Erin Kitchens (Anthropology major and Italian minor ’19) I found Italian mostly by happenstance. On a whim I signed up for Italian, remembering how much I had admired the landscape and the melody of the language when I had visited as a 13-year-old. This decision, which I decided in five minutes, would shape my… Read More

Studying in Italy: an Invaluable Experience

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By Kelly Konrad (Linguistics and French & Francophone Studies ’20). During the summer of 2018, I spent a month studying in Florence, Italy, where I took Italian language and art history classes at LinguaViva, an institution designed for international students. Spending time studying in Italy was the best choice I’ve made so far as a… Read More

Jesse Tanson (French and Francophone Studies, ’18) Receives Highest Honors for Thesis on French Hip Hop

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Throughout his time at W&M, Jesse Tanson has studied a wide range of topics in French and Francophone Studies, including cinema, literature, and creative writing. Jesse studied abroad in Strasbourg through the IFE program and worked in cinema there. He was also the recipient of the French program’s most prestigious award: the McCormack-Reboussin scholarship, which supports significant undergraduate… Read More

Meredith Wolf ’17 receives Fulbright ETA to teach in Germany

Meredith Wolf will be teaching English at the Staatliches Gymnasium “Albert Schweitzer” in Erfurt. She has already gained valuable teaching experience as a TA in the German Studies section at W&M, and we are confident she will excel in her new position! Herzlichen Glückwunsch und Alles Gute! More info here.

Jack Weaver ’17 receives Fulbright/USTA award to teach in Austria

Jack Weaver, a History Major and German Studies Minor, will be teaching English in the picturesque town of Lustenau, Vorarlberg. For more information on the Fulbright/USTA program, go here. Herzlichen Glückwunsch und Alles Gute!

Jessica Armstrong ’17 receives Fulbright Research Grant to study in Köln/Cologne

Jessica Armstrong ’17 has received a Fulbright Research Grant to pursue graduate study in chemistry at the Universität zu Köln/University of Cologne. She had been the recipient of a DAAD Rise Fellowship in 2016. Read more about her application process here: http://peerscholarshipadvisors.blogs.wm.edu/2017/04/10/fulbright-awardee-profile-jessica-armstrong/. Herzlichen Glückwunsch!

The Global Search for Joy: Santiago de Compostela

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During the summer of 2016, Prof. John ‘Rio’ Riofrio embarked in the adventure of co-leading our W&M-sponsored program in Santiago de Compostela (Spain); an interdisciplinary, international, and transformative experience. Like people since the Middle Ages, Prof. Riofrio, Prof. Allar (Theater, Speech & Dance), and 9 valiant W&M students joined pilgrims from all over the world and… Read More

Breaking Stereotypes through French Cinema: Maryse Fauvel’s COLL 300 Experience

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Perhaps one of the most powerful aspects of cinema is its ability to not only project and perpetuate stereotypes, but also to challenge and even break them. In fall 2016, students in Prof. Maryse Fauvel’s course FREN 393 “Representations of Paris in cinema: stereotypes and beyond”, studied French cinema that moves beyond these stereotypes. Eight of the students enrolled… Read More

Food in Southern France: Ellery Lea Shares Her Study Abroad Research Experiences

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Since I was a child, I’ve always been interested in the role of food in contributing to a culture’s shared identity and sense of community. My interest in cuisine stems primarily from my family background because my parents have worked in the food service industry my entire life, and they used to run their own… Read More

Forget Me (Not)? : Zarine Kharazian’s research in Paris

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News about our McCormack Reboussin scholar in France William & Mary student Zarine Kharazian ’17 shares news about her research on “the right to be forgotten” and differing views between the U.S. and France when it comes to preserving (or deleting) one’s digital past. Zarine is a double-major in French and Francophone Studies and Government. Read… Read More

Internships in France and Belgium: Five William & Mary students abroad with IFE

Zarine Kharazian – Paris – SciencesPo, Centre de recherches internationales Zarine is working as an assistant researcher with CERI, a renowned center for IR research and joint laboratory of Sciences Po and the CNRS. Zarine was assigned to a research project entitled ITIC and aimed at analyzing modern political uses of new information and communication… Read More

My Year in Italy – Clara Kobler

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There has never been a time in my life when I don’t remember my mother telling me stories of her junior year abroad in Montpellier, France. From describing her breakfasts to the amazing springtime trips with her friends, my mother filled my imagination with her memories and emotions from her life years before. It’s not… Read More

La Plata, Argentina: A Student’s Experience

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When she was 17, Sarah Caspari (’15) decided she would apply to William & Mary and spend a semester abroad in La Plata, Argentina.  During the fall semester of 2013, Sarah was finally able to realize her dream.  She prepared herself as much as she could taking several classes in Hispanic Studies and Latin American… Read More

Tyler Bembenek (International Relations and German Studies, ’15) receives first Gates Scholarship for Summer Study Abroad

German Studies and International Relations major Tyler Bembenek (’15) has been awarded the first Gates Scholarship for Summer Study Abroad. The scholarship, made possible by William and Mary Chancellor Robert M. Gates (’65) and his wife Rebecca, is a merit-based award that enables outstanding W&M students to pursue their field of study during the summer…. Read More

Visualizing Saint Petersburg – One Month In (July 15)

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After a month, students in the Saint Petersburg study abroad program find themselves in the thick of their documentary productions, taking advantage of every opportunity while in the field. Producing a documentary film is not an easy task. It takes a lot of research and planning to develop a story idea, to consider which concepts… Read More

Happy Bastille Day!

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That’s right, when you spend the summer in France, you don’t commemorate the signing of the Declaration of Independence, but instead you celebrate the storming of a prison! The time we have spent in Montpellier has been great, and there is so much to talk about so I’ll try to cut it down to just… Read More

A Short, but True Story

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On a day when I was disheartened with Montpellier, it managed to surprise me once again. I had eaten at McDo alone, and was very much lost on what I knew would be a futile attempt to start my on-the-ground research. There I was, eight o’clock at night, on a strange street lined with dilapidated… Read More

Bienvenue a Montpellier!

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Bonjour de Montpellier! Je m’appelle Lindsey and I’ve just finished my first week of classes at the IEFE here at Universite Paul-Valery in the south of France. I absolutely adore Montpellier; it’s a wonderful mix of old and new, a place where architecture from the Middle Ages can blend effortlessly with department store soldes. In… Read More

Bonjour from Montpellier!

Our William and Mary group arrived in Montpellier this week after a “twampy” takeover of Paris.  The city was beautiful and there was always something to do, but I am excited to make it to the South of France where life is much more relaxing, or “tranquile” as the French say! Paris, however, was still… Read More

The Beginning of Our Second Full Week in St. Petersburg (WM in Russia)

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Officially as of today, we have been in St. Petersburg for two full weeks! It’s hard to believe that time is flying by so fast! This past Monday, Sasha surprised us with a tour of Pushkin’s Museum, instead of our afternoon class. It was a great surprise! Pushkin’s Museum is located in the last apartment… Read More

First Week in Ufa (WM in Russia)

So I have been in Ufa for a little over a week and though it was time to post an update. Before we left for Russia, our group had a CLS orientation in Washington to meet each other and get information about how to use Russian after we graduate. It was great to meet all… Read More

Playa Victoria!

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This weekend is our very last one in Cadiz. Two nights ago, we had the wonderful opportunity to witness a real Flamenco performance and feast on tapas! And, to make sure that we could take advantage of this weekend to the fullest extent, my roommate and I set some time aside to make sure to… Read More

Preparing for France!

This semester, my favorite question to be asked was what my summer plans are because I knew I had such a great answer: spending 5 weeks in France!  I’ve been talking about these plans for months, but now that I’m finally preparing for my trip it is all starting to become real. The guidebooks are… Read More

WM Students Explore Russia (June-July 2011)

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This year WM Russian Studies students run a blog about their research, studies and adventures in Russia.  If you would like to read the recent news from Russia, visit our blog at http://2011wmpetersburg.blogs.wm.edu

Build me up Buttercup Baby

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Last Friday Jake and I were introduced to the Latin party scene when we attended a Fiesta Latina at the Venezuelan ambassador’s residency. When we first arrived we felt out of place as the only two Gringos amidst a sea of Hispanic embassy workers sporting nametags from an assortment of Spanish speaking countries. Jake and… Read More

Butterflies, Floods and Spain

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In high school, my history teachers loved to do these exercises called “Links”. They would write three terms related to what we had studied that could range from and artists’ name, a movement, an event, or even a specific date! Our task as students was to think of how these events were connected and defend… Read More

First Few Days in Potsdam

Hi everyone! Before I start, I thought it would be good to give a little background about myself and my interest in this Potsdam summer program. My name is Will Pence and I am a rising Junior at William and Mary. I am a European Studies and German double major with a huge interest in… Read More

Granada! Oh my!

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This weekend we took our second weekend trip and in doing so we got a chance to visit the beautiful Granada, only four hours away (by bus!) from the University of Cadiz campus. It seems we were able to cram a lot of sightseeing into a brief day and a half. First, we were able… Read More

Introducing Myself, CLS and Ufa

Hi Everyone! I’m Jacob Lassin and I’m a rising senior at The College majoring in Government and Russian and Post-Soviet Studies. This summer I have been fortunate enough to receive Critical Language Scholarship to study in Ufa, Russia. The Critical Language Scholarship is a program run by the State Department which provides fully funded intensive… Read More

BANG BANG!

  Although some of you may think that we are referring to the Dispatch song of the same name, we are actually talking about what it is like to work in what can only be described as the most active and intriguing offices this side of the Atlantic: The Office of Cultural Affairs at the… Read More

First few weeks in Cádiz are amazing!

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I feel as though my first few weeks in Cádiz have just flown by! I’m going to be a senior at William & Mary next year, and it seems I have made the best possible decision for me in deciding to study abroad here for five weeks this summer! There are several reasons I have… Read More

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