Category: Study Away

Katie’s Top Ten

As I sit here typing, erasing, and re-typing words on this blank document to try and express how busy but fun my internship has been so far, I realized that I haven’t even talked about who I’m interning for and what I’m doing. This summer I have the wonderful opportunity to intern at the Human



Getting Acquainted with Bangladesh

After a rough start, I’ve settled into life in Bangladesh quite well. At first I was miserable. A friend called it “culture shock”, and putting a name on it made me realize it was a common feeling. As soon as I left my hotel room and actually started meeting fellow interns, I felt an immediate



Summer Research: Introducing the Buckmarlson Banshees

Try to find Buckmarlson on a map and you won’t have much luck.  It’s the newly created place name for our field area in Virginia’s west-central Piedmont.  Buckmarlson is a portmanteau word we created based on the names of the three counties in which our geologic studies are taking place: Buckingham, Albemarle, and Nelson counties.




Embarking on a Terrifying Journey

Making plans for the summer seems to be one of the toughest parts of college. With pressure from your parents to get a job, pressure from your peers to get a stellar internship, and pressure from Netflix to watch the entire Breaking Bad series, it’s hard to decide what direction to take during each of




DCSI-LCE Week 3: Internship Week 1 Recap

This past week included my first four days as the AidData Fellow of the United States’ Senate Committee on Foreign Relations. Already I have completed two live projects, am working on one more as we speak, and I have three more on the docket once that is completed. To be specific as to the kind of



A Busy Introduction

The following account of David Solimini’s visit is provided by Guest Blogger Kiara Earle May 12,2014 On the first day of the Washington DC Summer Institute, students have come from a number of different paths to reach our destination in the city. Interviews and countless applications no longer hang over our heads, as students excitedly



“If it scares you, it might be a good thing to try”

With two weeks of classes under my belt and a mild understanding of the Metro system I’m off to my internship. I’m not going to lie, after the initial intoxication of excitement that filled me as I sent off the email accepting my internship wore off, I was terrified. My brain was a tornado of



DCSI-LCE Week 2: Lifetime Speech and Happy Memorial Day!

I would like to start off by wishing a Happy Memorial Day to all the brave men and women who have ever served in the United States’ Armed Forces: words cannot even begin to describe my gratitude and appreciation for the sacrifices you all have made in letting freedom to still ring from sea to



“You learn something from everything you get into.”

Usually I spend my summers stacking up educational books to read by the pool and then switch them out for The Hunger Games or Harry Potter but I decided that this summer I should actually do something educational.  That’s why I applied for the DC Summer Institute for New Media and I was lucky enough



DCSI-LCE Week 1: I Can’t Tell Where the Journey Will End, But I Know Where to Start

This past Wednesday, Professor Stelljes asked all of us within the Leadership and Community Engagement Institute (LCE) of William & Mary’s D.C Summer Institute (DCSI) to describe our experience so far in 2 words or less. I described my experience up to that point in just one word,”AHHHHHHH!”, which is a word that still remains accurately reflective