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Culture Shock: Remembering your roots as you plant them in new soil

Linnaea Weld
March 3, 2015
Filed under Exploring Ecuador

Something that's been on my mind a lot lately is how the process of cultural immersion affects relationships both in country and across borders. As we discussed in a class aptly entitled "Culture Shock," my fourteen classmates and I are little flowers. We have all, by choice, pulled up our roots in the...

The Shock of Culture Shock

The Shock of Culture Shock

Aleida Fernandez
January 24, 2014
Filed under Off-Campus Blogs, Sprechen Sie Englisch?

Culture shock (n). the personal disorientation a person may feel when experiencing an unfamiliar way of life due to immigration or a visit to a new country, a move between social environments, or simply travel to another type of life. I consider myself an independent person. When I was sixteen I traveled...

Slipping out of Japan

Spencer Wharton
February 25, 2012
Filed under I Didn't Bother to Pick My Category

Damn, it happened again. I have this unfortunate tendency to stifle my own writing and put off writing about easy or simple things because I have multiple big ideas for posts, and I feel like I owe it to someone to write something 'of substance' instead of 'shallower' day-to-day posts. For instance, part of t...

Two Days in France: The Beginning

Richael Best
January 30, 2012
Filed under I Didn't Bother to Pick My Category

Bonjour, tout le monde! My name is Richael Best and I'm a junior English Major/French Minor at Whitman. I'm from San Francisco, CA, and I am studying with the Institute for American Universities in Aix-en-Provence, France for the semester. I'm living with a French host family and an American roommate...

Rainy days in Kyoto

Spencer Wharton
September 20, 2011
Filed under I Didn't Bother to Pick My Category

  Today, it rained. We've had a couple days of rain before, but mostly of the drizzle and sprinkle varieties. Today, it was rain all day; big, heavy drops dripping down from a uniformly gray sky. It was still quite humid, but the weather dropped to about 22 or 24 ºC (71-75 ºF), a welcome rel...

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