Student Blogs

The following blog posts are syndicated from recent Speedwell AFS Scholars who are currently studying abroad. These blogs currently include:

christinathepolyglot , GER , 2013
Janae Taft , FRA , 2016
Julia McIntosh , ITA , 2016
Naomi Rohrbaugh , ITA , 2016

Groundhog Day

February 2, 2016
Author: 
christinathepolyglot

Today, February 2, is Groundhog Day. A custom and national holiday that’s been adopted in 1887. The largest Groundhog Day is celebrated in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania. It is said that if the groundhog does not see his shadow on this day, then spring will come early. If the groundhog does see his shadow, however, then there will be six more weeks of winter.

This year Punxsutawney Phil, the famous groundhog from Punxsutawney, did not see his shadow this year. Which means spring will come early this year!

Adventures to Nagoya and Kyoto

January 25, 2016
Author: 
christinathepolyglot

It’s been about a few weeks since I’ve came back from my trip to Japan and since school is canceled again because of the recent snowstorm, I decided to write about my trip.

Findus the cat. But he is also called Garfield.

January 17, 2016



Findus the cat. But he is also called Garfield.

Findus the cat. But he is also called Garfield.

January 17, 2016



Findus the cat. But he is also called Garfield.

Photo

January 17, 2016



Photo

January 17, 2016



The Christmas tree. December 24th, 2015

January 17, 2016



The Christmas tree. December 24th, 2015

The Christmas tree. December 24th, 2015

January 17, 2016



The Christmas tree. December 24th, 2015

Patricia’s Schulball on January 9th, 2016. The idea of a school...

January 17, 2016



Patricia’s Schulball on January 9th, 2016. The idea of a school dance here in much more organized. There is live music, food, ballroom dancing, and much more. There was even a club where all the younger people (anyone 16 or older) were partying. And there was a lot of alcohol involved. I mean I won a door prize of 2 bottles of wine. It was an absolutely amazing experience.

Patricia’s Schulball on January 9th, 2016. The idea of a school...

January 17, 2016



Patricia’s Schulball on January 9th, 2016. The idea of a school dance here in much more organized. There is live music, food, ballroom dancing, and much more. There was even a club where all the younger people (anyone 16 or older) were partying. And there was a lot of alcohol involved. I mean I won a door prize of 2 bottles of wine. It was an absolutely amazing experience.

January 17, 2016

January 17, 2016

Well I am more realizing the fact that living here feels normal now. When I first got here everything was new and exciting to me. But now that is coming up on the 5 month mark nothing feels like that anymore. The people, my surroundings, the food, the language, and just overall the way of life. Plus I have been able to realize this because I have moved on from what happed in my last host family. My mind is more open now. And I have been able to be much happier and I have learned how to make the best of a bad situation. I have grown stronger!

January 17, 2016

January 17, 2016

Well I am more realizing the fact that living here feels normal now. When I first got here everything was new and exciting to me. But now that is coming up on the 5 month mark nothing feels like that anymore. The people, my surroundings, the food, the language, and just overall the way of life. Plus I have been able to realize this because I have moved on from what happed in my last host family. My mind is more open now. And I have been able to be much happier and I have learned how to make the best of a bad situation. I have grown stronger!