Amherst Wire

“Denglisch”: Learning German in Germany

Shannon Broderick, Travel Editor

February 11, 2016

The language barrier, and subsequent misadventures, were exhausting, overwhelming, and seemingly impossible to overcome. In addition to my limited vocabulary and shaky sentence structure, I had a habit of mangling German words without repair. My attempts to make the harsh, hissing-cat voice in the back of my throat made everyone, including myself, wince, and I had never been so self-aware of my own American accent.

The Real World: Interning in Ireland with CAPA

The Real World: Interning in Ireland with CAPA

Margaret Moriarty, Contributor

December 1, 2015

I think about how lucky I am to call Ireland, with its surreal, stunning beauty, my temporary home.

Mannheim: Life in Germany’s second ugliest city

Mannheim: Life in Germany's second ugliest city

Shannon Broderick, Travel Editor

October 20, 2015

The 'ugly duckling' of southern Germany was the best place I could have chosen to spend five months of my life.

A nightmare abroad

A nightmare abroad

Taylor Gilmore, Writer

May 2, 2015

Barcelona International College is not located along the coast, and the roof-top terrace is surrounded by buildings, although the image on the website shows blue skies all around. The only students I met during my time at BIC were American students studying abroad and we were not given any opportunities to meet local students.

Top Five places to visit while studying in Australia

Top Five places to visit while studying in Australia

Katie Bowler, Campus Editor

March 10, 2015

Whether you're thinking about studying abroad or have simply caught the travel bug, Eastern Australia should be on your list of places to visit. Australia is home to many hidden and natural wonders, and especially an array of beautiful beaches.

What my Italian language crisis taught me about happiness

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Sarah Robertson, Writer

November 21, 2014

“Are you Italian?” my friends would ask. “Not that I know of, but my dad was adopted so I might be.” “You could be, you’re kind of tan so you look Italian.” My spirit would fly a bit higher every time I heard someone would suggest I was Italian. Maybe this is why when I decided...

UMass alum takes a leap to volunteer in Nicaragua

(Photo courtesy of Dan Robinson)

Kerry O'Connor, Writer

October 15, 2014

“Right after college is the best time to do something like this,” Robinson said, “It’s a time where you’re trying to figure out what’s next in your life. Going far outside your comfort zone and surrounding yourself with a completely new culture and language is a great way to reflect on the past 4 years of college. It’s a time where you have the most freedom you will probably ever have in life.”

Witnessing history while abroad in Scotland

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Joe Callagy, Writer

October 3, 2014

But, on Friday, Sept. 19, the people of Scotland could have seen the sun rise over an independent Scotland for the first time in over 300 years. The day before on Thursday, Sept. 18, over four million voters, aged 16 and up, took to the polling stations deep to answer one simple question: Should Scotland become an independent country?

A farewell to Ireland

Photo by Gareth Wray

May 5, 2014

by Katie McKenna I finished packing minutes before we drove to the airport because I hoped, in that same irrational way that most college students do, that if I put it off for long enough, it just might go away. Weeks before, and especially the day before I left to go abroad, I had no desire to lea...

Interning abroad

Interning abroad

May 5, 2014

by Daniel Rodriguez As a journalism major, I knew London was the perfect place to study abroad. London is an international hub for news and media, and when I discovered that the CAPA program offered internships based on a student’s specific major, I immediately signed up. I spent this past semest...

Finding your faith in Birthright

Photo by Tonia Speicher

May 5, 2014

by Dan Peltier Sitting in Hebrew school can only teach students so much about their religion and their culture. Sitting in a restaurant in Jerusalem ordering dinner? That’s an educational moment. A Birthright trip to Israel during college years helps students deepen their Jewish faith and have the tim...

Surreality in Sicily

Photo by Taylor Gilmore

May 5, 2014

by Molly Boushell and Taylor Gilmore For the past 17 years, Professor Richard Newton has led UMass Journalism students to the sun-drenched Italian island of Sicily. Students in the three credit Journalism 391R course, otherwise known as the “Sicily class,” have the opportunity to travel to the isla...

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