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

It's our first competition today and you're not here and that's sad Taylor

September 19, 2015

I hope you do well!! I’m cheering you guys on from 3500 miles away. I miss you. Tell Brooke to check her email.

My first days in Austria.

September 8, 2015

September 2, 2015

9 days left..

August 24, 2015

With only 9 days left before I leave to go to Austria, I feel like I still have all the time in the world. The fact that I’m leaving has not hit me yet. On Saturday, my friend is coming over to help me pack my whole life into 2 bags. I am starting to freak out more and more everyday. I have many worries of how I will adjust and will I make friends. My American school had its first day today and I got to sit home while everyone else went back and got to see each other. I saw many back to school photos and it has me a little bit upset that I don’t get to see my friends.

Project GO

August 22, 2015

This summer I spent 6 weeks studying Chinese at Boston University for free. How did I do I that? I did it by applying through Project GO.

Project GO (Global Officers) is a program that offers scholarships to ROTC students (contracted or not) to study a critical language intensively and study abroad in countries in Asia, the Middle East, Central Asia, and Africa. To apply to Project Go, you must select a language that you would like to study and an university that has that language program.

The languages that you can choose from are:

Pryanik: Russian Spice Cookies

August 18, 2015

Pryanik (Пряник) are Russian spice cookies. It is sweetbread filled with spices, marmalade, sweetened condensed milk, or caramelized milk. The spices used can be cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, or cardamom. It is often served as a snack with tea or coffee. The city of Tula is most famous for Pryanik. In fact, Tula even has its own museum dedicated to these cookies.

They come in many shapes and sizes, so they can be as simple or as elegant and nicely designed as you want them to be.

More christinathepolyglot Websites

August 17, 2015

Hello everyone. So I haven’t been able to post as much as I would like to anymore, but I’m planning on changing that. In spite of that, here are some of my other websites if you still want to see more of what I’m doing or where I am or was traveling to.


Instagram: christinathepolyglot


August 15, 2015

My name is Taylor, I’m 16 years old, and I will be going on exchange for the next 10 months in Austria. I have never really had a blog before… but I am willing to try because I would love to share my experiences as an exchange student.

North South East West

July 30, 2015

It’s been about 8 months since I’ve last written anything in this blog. But you can’t really blame me once I tell you what I’ve been up to these days..

Since the start of the year, I’ve been to Oklahoma for Army basic training, Missouri for AIT training, back home to Pennsylvania, Wildwood Beach, New Jersey for vacation, Virginia and South Carolina for vacation and a wedding, to Boston, Massachusetts to study Chinese for the summer, and just recently in Maine for a short day trip. Soon I’ll be going back to West Virginia to start school again, and to end my year I’m off to Japan.

Leaving It All Behind

June 26, 2015
Author: (Bri Mahrer)

     It's currently 9:25 AM, June 26, 2015. This is it. Today I leave. Well technically today I go to Madrid for one last orientation and then TOMORROW we actually go home. Anyway, this is it. In about an hour and a half, I have to leave for the bus station. There, my two best friends and my boyfriend will meet me, and that's it...last's over.

Last two days...

June 25, 2015
Author: (Bri Mahrer)

     My last two days here... They were incredible but also heartbreaking. 

A Little Piece Of Home (part 2): Bilbao

June 25, 2015
Author: (Bri Mahrer)

    For those of you that read my previous blog post, I went to Barcelona with my mom, took the ACT, and then drove back up to Bilbao. Our time in Bilbao, though it didn't feature anything incredible that I haven't already seen, was definitely 1 million times better than our time in Barcelona, because I got to show my mom who I am now, where I've been living, how my life has been, and who I've had the amazing opportunity to share this amazing year with. It was a trip for the books.