Category Archives: Student experience

Meet the Study Abroad Ambassadors 2020-2021: Hanna

Meet our Study Abroad Ambassadors for 2020-2021. These students are study abroad returnees who are available to answer questions and share their experience with interested students!

Hanna Theile

Major: Political Science

Program: Spain

“The classes that I took in Spain had a heavy focus on the European Union and foreign policy. It was so powerful to see how a different form of government worked and to be living there at the same time.
When I returned to the US, I began to speak more Spanish to the Latinx community in my hometown. Also, I felt that I really saw globally how the world was coming together from COVID-19. “

Students can reach out to Hanna via email at:

hanna.theile@chatham.edu

Meet the Study Abroad Ambassadors 2020-2021: Rachel

Meet our Study Abroad Ambassadors for 2020-2021. These students are study abroad returnees who are available to answer questions and share their experience with interested students!

Rachel Larson

Major: History major, Creative Writing minor

Program: South Korea

“All of the classes I took were regionally based, but that was from my own choosing. At Korea University, you register for classes right before the semester so that itself was an interesting experience. I took a language class and a history and culture course relevant to Korea, as well as other international affairs and history courses. Although I tailored mine to fit my major, there was a lot of variety in the classes available for international students.

I was lucky to be able to travel outside of the city I studied in, but even if I hadn’t there was always so much to do in Seoul! In a typical day, I would have one or two classes and in the time not spent studying with friends or in one of the many cafes, I would go out and explore the city! The most important thing I learned while studying abroad was to take chances and get comfortable going places by myself. South Korea was a great place to exercise my adventurous side since most places I traveled were easily accessible by train and affordable on a student budget.

Although I had been living away from my family for some time, my study abroad experiences definitely built up my independence. When living in another country across the world, the only person I had to rely on completely was myself. While this could be scary, it taught me to be more confident in my decisions and be more easy on my mistakes. In addition to learning a lot about Korean language, culture, and history, these lessons in independence were definitely worthwhile.

Students can reach out to Rachel via email at:

Rachel.Larson@Chatham.edu

Meet the Study Abroad Ambassadors 2020-2021: Jay

Meet our Study Abroad Ambassadors for 2020-2021. These students are study abroad returnees who are available to answer questions and share their experience with interested students!

Jishnu Jayathilak (Jay)

Major: Communications with a concentration in Public Relations

Program: Cyprus

“I took classes closely related to my major such as Media Ethics & Law and Principles of Public Relations along with a work placement as a Public Relations Intern for a Sports Agency. The classes were typically larger in size when compared to Chatham and some professors had the habit of reverting to Greek when necessary for local students. All in all, professors were helpful and open to feedback even though classes were heavily focused on examinations rather than assignments and projects.

Already being an international student in the US, I felt that the experience abroad in Cyprus showed how American students are commonly percieved by Europeans. I learnt that my assimilation into American culture was not always the best thing in certain situations.”

Students can reach out to Jay via email at: jishnu.jayathilak@chatham.edu or through instagram: jay_jish.

 

Meet the Study Abroad Ambassadors 2020-2021: Walker

Meet our Study Abroad Ambassadors for 2020-2021. These students are study abroad returnees who are available to answer questions and share their experience with interested students!

Walker Orner

Major: Media Arts with concentrations in Filmmaking and Graphic Design.

Program: France

“I think that studying another language abroad is a one of a kind opportunity.  I had traveled before my semester in France but putting the time and energy into learning while being immersed in another language and culture is a whole different type of experience. Learning French from the basics is one of the hardest and fulfilling things I have ever done. Language learning through immersion is unmatched. In just 4 months I was amazed to be carrying conversations with ease. The feeling of being confident in another language was something I had never experienced before and I owe that completely to the decision of to study abroad.

I was the only student to remain abroad during the pandemic ( I received special permission from Dr Finegold) but upon returning in June I experienced a significant amount of culture shock. My eating schedule, food preference as well as being used to speaking French 24/7 all made for a strange few weeks getting back. ”

Students can contact Walker by email at walker.orner@chatham.edu

Virtual Resources

Check out some virtual resources to stay entertained and engaged during social distancing!

Virginia Aquarium

Enjoy a virtual tour or observe some animals at the Virginia Aquarium!

https://www.virginiaaquarium.com/visit/Pages/Community-Resources.aspx

 

Live Concerts

Attend virtual live concerts for many artists and genres!

How to find concerts on Spotify on desktop or mobile - Business ...

https://www.npr.org/2020/03/17/816504058/a-list-of-live-virtual-concerts-to-watch-during-the-coronavirus-shutdown?utm_campaign=npr&utm_source=facebook.com&utm_term=nprnews&utm_medium=social&fbclid=IwAR1XWHvssaW66eJeiuyj1vBuTiK5owyPFcUmquxUnBV_4g_rsGUKJYan2EY&fbclid=IwAR2Kx1w-q5CR07kSvBfXZm7CXBQsqA_tABuV9ZOs3544CX-wz4G3ILse0C0

 

Free Ivy League Courses

Have you always wanted to learn about coding or Greek mythology? Check out these online courses from Ivy League schools for free!

Here are 450 Ivy League courses you can take online right now for free

https://www.freecodecamp.org/news/ivy-league-free-online-courses-a0d7ae675869/

 

Meditation

Feeling stressed? Download Headspace for some free meditation exercises!

Subscribe to Headspace

https://apps.apple.com/us/app/headspace-meditation-sleep/id493145008

Cook with OIA: Beefy Italian Ramen Skillet Meal

by Julissa Soto, OIA Student Assistant

Here is how to make this delicious Beefy Italian Ramen Skillet meal. These are all super easy things to find in your cabinets or easily bought at the store.

Ingredients:

1 pound ground beef

1 can diced tomatoes

1 cup of water

2 packages beef-flavor ramen noodles

Green bell paper (frozen or fresh)

Cheese (optional)

Directions

In a large skillet, cook beef until completely browned, 5 to 7 minutes. Stir tomatoes, water, and seasoning packet contents from the ramen noodles.

Break ramen noodle block into halves and add with the green bell pepper. Cook until noodles soften, about 5 minutes

– Remove from heat. If adding cheese, sprinkle cheese over beef mixture and place over skillet; let the mixture sit until cheese melts, 2 to 3 minutes.

This recipe serves about 5 people. Enjoy your meal!

– Recipe found at https://www.allrecipes.com/recipe/239029/beefy-italian-ramen-skillet/?internalSource=recipe%20hub&referringId=17566&referringContentType=Recipe%20Hub&clickId=cardslot%2065

 

VIDEO – Click here recipe video beefy italian skillet meal

Bon appetit! Did you try it? Let us know internationalaffairs@chatham.edu

 

Virtual Resources for Students

Self – Isolation? Bored at home? We totally understand about having difficulties in hanging out and just staying at home due to the critical situation that we all are facing, but we understand that too that we all are doing this for our health. Please, try to stay healthy.

In order help you while being stuck at home; we have a lot of resources for you where you can make yourself a little busy and have some fun.

  • Museums – virtual tours, fun activities on museums’ websites

This article shares 12 famous museums who are offering virtual tours of their museums. https://www.travelandleisure.com/attractions/museums-galleries/museums-with-virtual-tours

The Canadian Museum of History shares a really interesting art piece on their website that you can play with.  https://www.historymuseum.ca/morningstar/explore/

Online, you can zoom in on the mural and spin it to see the four quadrants in high detail. A click of the plus sign in the corner causes a series of links to pop up over the mural itself, with photos and videos attached that explain the significance of each part of the artwork.

  • Virtual Concerts – We know due to the Coronavirus crisis, many of you had to cancel plans of attending live concerts. Here are some recommendations of watching some virtual live streams and recorded concerts.

Updated information and details about virtual concerts dates and times  https://www.billboard.com/articles/columns/pop/9335531/coronavirus-quarantine-music-events-online-streams

John Legend, Coldplay, Keith Urban and a lot of other musicians are still performing. Watch their virtual concerts. https://www.usatoday.com/story/entertainment/music/2020/03/17/coronavirus-john-legend-coldplay-play-virtual-concerts-instagram/5066024002/

Los Angeles Times shares 7 ways to experience live music! https://www.latimes.com/entertainment-arts/music/story/2020-03-13/coronavirus-streaming-concerts-online-self-quarantined

More livestreamed concerts. https://www.vulture.com/2020/03/all-musicians-streaming-live-concerts.html

 

  • Wellness Sites – Don’t worry! We have got you covered with wellness activities too. Now you can even livestream exercise classes, warm-ups, yoga and meditation videos too while you are at home.

Check out ideas from 15 wellness youtubers. They’ll give you live tutorials, and recorded videos of exercises and warm-ups. https://theblissfulmind.com/wellness-youtube-channels/

This resource shares wellness and health related videos plus live streams plenty of healthy tips. https://www.zubialive.com/

  • Entertainment – there are so many websites offering free movies and shows.

YouTube – check out on YouTube, they have free movies and shows (search for “free with ads”).

There are many YouTubers worth checking out – try Zack King! If you have not heard this name,  his brief introduction would be as a video creator and magician. Go and check it out his YouTube page. You’ll love his videos. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCq8DICunczvLuJJq414110A

Podcasts – listen to podcasts to get your mind off things – many good suggestions here https://www.vulture.com/2020/03/best-comedy-podcasts-coronavirus-quarantine-recommendations.html

Take this time to learn some art and crafts! https://craftsbyamanda.com/category/craft-tutorials/adult-crafts/

For live painting shows, see https://www.twitch.tv/directory/game/Art

  • Love cooking or just want to learn to make tasty food? Here are some famous cooking shows. Learn some tips and try new delicious recipes

Laura in the Kitchen – https://www.youtube.com/user/LauraVitalesKitchen

Jamie Oliver – https://www.youtube.com/jamieoliver

Binging with Babish – https://www.youtube.com/user/bgfilms

Tasty – https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCJFp8uSYCjXOMnkUyb3CQ3Q

Check out this link for more recipes; https://www.delicious.com.au/recipes/group/gallery/37-recipes-from-masterchefs-best-chefs-ever/sn6ldpbr?page=3

  • And, finally, check out this list of more resource recommendations while you stay at home during Covid-19 (Adapted from Got It Vietnam )
  1. Free Harvard online courses – bit.ly/gotit_2
  2. IELTS materials and practice from British Council – bit.ly/gotit_3
  3. Some free online practice materials from Road to IELTS from British Council:      http://www.roadtoielts.com/
  4. Download free books from Bill Gates’s website – bit.ly/gotit_5
  5. See famous pieces of arts through Google Arts & Cultures – bit.ly/gotit_7
  6. Livestream from the Metropolitan Opera (New York) – bit.ly/gotit_10 
  7. Try audiobooks on Audible (Amazon) – bit.ly/gotit_11
  8. Watch movies in the IMDb Top 250 – bit.ly/gotit_13
  9. Learn to code with Freecodecamp – bit.ly/gotit_14
  10. 500 free courses from Ivy League universities – bit.ly/gotit_15

Stay tuned for more ideas!

What are you doing to stay healthy and busy yourself?  Send us your ideas and contact the Office of International Affairs, internationalaffairs@chatham.edu  with any questions!

Announcement: International Education Week November 18-22, 2019

Join the Office of International Affairs for International Education Week from November 18th to 22nd!

“International Education Week is an opportunity to celebrate the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide. This joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education promotes programs that prepare Americans for a global environment and attract future leaders from abroad to study, learn, and exchange experiences.” (www.iew.state.gov )

This week will feature events celebrating international education and student experiences. Join us for our planned events:

International Karaoke

When: Monday, November 18th – 7:00 to 8:30 pm

Where: Carriage House

Join the Modern Language department for International Karaoke! Sing in Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Japanese, and Spanish!

International Jeopardy

When: Wednesday, November 20th – 7:00 to 8:00 pm

Where: Carriage House

Bring a group of friends to play Jeopardy! The subject is international trivia and the winning team will win prizes. There will be free food!

International Symposium

When: Thursday, November 21st – 3:00 to 5:00 pm

Where: Carriage House

This mini-symposium will celebrate International Education week, as well as the benefits of international education and exchange. This year’s theme is “International Education: Legacy and Promise.” The symposium will feature presentations and posters by students relating to this year’s theme.

International Tea: Morocco

When: Friday, November 22nd – 11:30 to 1:00 pm

Where: Carriage House

Celebrate this year’s Global Focus country at International Tea: Morocco! Bring tea from your home country and share cultures with another person. Show others your own culture and tell stories about experiences you have had abroad. This will be a great way to learn from others and experience something new.

All events are found on MyChatham. For more information regarding IEW and OIA events, please contact InternationalAffairs@chatham.edu