In creating this section of the web site, I wanted to generate an outlet for students abroad to connect with home. The initial idea of this section spawned from my interest in foreign culture and what it has to offer each student.
I studied in Spain in 2006 and had the time of my life. However, when I returned home, I wanted to narrate every single day of the trip to my family and friends. Even though I kept a journal daily, I still found myself forgetting many of the things that defined my experience abroad.
So, in lieu of that, the student blog is not only a way to keep students' family and friends updated, but also to inspire students to try studying abroad.
We live in a region of the country that is known for its narrow and skewed views of foreign territory. I believe that this web site is the first step to a better understanding of foreign culture and possibly an interest in the world beyond America's walls.
I know from experience that students are not going to want to send me an update of what they do each day. It is the student's choice: every day, every three days, or once a week.
These are not English essays. These are students' thoughts. The idea is based on each individual personality. Each column is painted with the student's unique ideas and experiences.
I will be studying at the Universidad del Salvador in Buenos Aires, Argentina this fall. So, I will also be apart of this assemblage.
With that being said, I hope that everyone enjoys this section of the site as you embrace the culture and live the life of a University of Tennessee student abroad.