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June 8, 2018

As I have trod the ancient streets of Europe this week, I haven't felt out of my element, scared, or timid at all. I have tried to conduct myself not as an entitled tourist, but as a citizen of the world, respectful of the people and the cultures around me and up for w...

June 8, 2018

Today, we visited Go! Atheneum Gentbrugge, and I was more inspired by a group of students than I have been in a long time. 

Atheneum is a secondary school in a suburb of Ghent, and is in some ways equivalent to a US high school. One of the more striking differences, to...

June 6, 2018

Today, we visited Kent University's Brussels School of International Studies. In many ways, the University of Kent is forced to straddle the line between the British and Belgian systems. This is an administrative challenge that brings front and center the realities of...

June 5, 2018

Today, we visited the Artevelde University College in Ghent, Belgium. I should go ahead and admit that I'm in love with the Flemish system of higher education in order to contextualize what follows, which might be considered gushing rather than analysis. 

When we a...

June 5, 2018

Because I am an historian (and maybe in particular because I'm an historian who calls myself "an historian" rather than "a historian,") people assume that I have a love for all things old. 

Part of this, I am sure, stems from misconceptions about how we define history a...

June 4, 2018

I love teaching future teachers, and today, I realized that the love of teaching is a universal language. 

This morning, we visited the Thomas More Hogeschool in Rotterdam, Netherlands. The institution, named after an Archibishop of Canterbury who became a Catholic sain...

June 3, 2018

Here in the Netherlands, people pay a lot of taxes. Accordingly, they are afforded opportunities to have education and healthcare without amassing tens of thousands of dollars in debt or going bankrupt. 

So far, one of the most striking parts of my experience in Europe...

June 2, 2018

At 5:45 this morning, I landed in Amsterdam. 

The first thing the struck me was exactly what I expected: I don't speak the language. It was abundantly clear right away. While the primary directional signs in the airport were in English, the advertisements and secondary...

May 29, 2018

A few weeks ago, my classmates and I had an orientation for studying abroad. As the University of Alabama's director of study abroad programs clicked through her powerpoint, she noted that a number of things in her presentation were geared for undergraduate students ra...

May 29, 2018

In just three days, I will head to Atlanta, board a flight to New York City, then catch a plane to Amsterdam. It will be my first time in Europe. 

I am going with my doctoral cohort from the University of Alabama. We are going to spend nine days in the Netherlands and B...

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