The Eve of Departure

As I write this, I am sitting at a Starbucks in Blacksburg. My bags are sitting at home packed with the exception of the last few items that are still in my car from my target run about an hour ago. My itinerary is set, flights are booked, banks have been notified, and my passport … Continue reading The Eve of Departure

On the Eve of Departure

Europe – a place I have head is very beautiful and a place I have wanted to visit for a long time. I still regret the fact that I was not proactive enough to apply for a summer internship in Europe during the junior year of college. But no more regrets…

Let the adVenTure begin!

Technically this is not the eve of my departure, but I wanted to be sure to capture my thoughts and current experiences on what will happen before I get so swept up in the urgency of packing!  I leave this week on Wednesday for a brief stop in the UK and France before connecting up … Continue reading Let the adVenTure begin!

On the eve of departure…

…I have much to consider. The major line items are my topic of study for the trip, the travel logistics themselves, and, in typical workaholic fashion, how 2 weeks away from the lab will affect me and my progress. I have finally decided to pursue the topic of interdisciplinarity in European landscapes, how it works, […]

Ways to Keep Up With Me!!

Hello! I can’t actually believe I’m headed half a world away in just 14 days! Holy Cannoli!! If people are interested, here are ways to keep up with me during the trip: The Global Perspectives Program website: Our official itinerary Our official blog – where you can see all the participants’ posts My Facebook: …

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Hello GPP

As the end of the semester approaches and the Global Perspectives Program is nearing, I find myself excited about all of the opportunities this program presents.  I am finally able to see past all of the assignments that have bogged me down all semester, and looking ahead to GPP is getting more enticing by the … Continue reading “Hello GPP”

Surprise, its Switzerland!

Our last meeting’s journal prompt was asking us what about the Switzerland presentation surprised. To be completely honest, not much. This isn’t as much a commentary on Switzerland being boring or unsurprising as much as it is a commentary on how much of an avid reader/traveller I am. But I digress. There were still a […]


I am trying to choose my topic for my GPP study and I stuck between 2 equally interesting topics of study. The first topic is the focus (if any) on inter-disciplinarity in European universities and academic research institutions. What roles do the universities and/or governments play in encouraging (or discouraging) interdisciplinary studies and why or […]

Learning Objectives & Research Topic for Global Perspectives 2017

I wanted to share my learning objectives and research topic for my GPP experience. What follows is a draft of the work I plan to do and inquiries I plan to make: GPP Learning Objectives A central part of my GPP experience will involve increased understanding of the state of higher …

A Bio a Day…

…keeps the questions at bay? (Kidding!) On a more serious note, I wanted to share the bio I wrote for my Global Perspectives Program experience. (Those of you in Contemporary Pedagogy may also be interested in this as you write your Teaching Philosophy and think of ways to talk about …