Puffers Pond and Studying Abroad
This week I went to Puffers Pond for the first time ever. It was so great. I had never been to a pond before so it was a great experience. It is a pond with a small beach and a beautiful waterfall. There’s actually a bus that takes students there but I drove with my friend. It’s about 6 miles a way, maybe a 10-minute car drive so it’s fairly close. I would definitely recommend that every student go there at least once before you leave Amherst. People dive into the pond from small cliffs and it’s a lot of fun and best of all…it’s free!
Masser, Michael. Waterfall at Puffers Pond HDR. Digital image. Michael Masser Photography. N.p., n.d. Web. 11 July 2014. <http://www.michaelmasser.co.uk/keyword/landscape%20photography/>.
I’ve also been looking into options for study abroad. I was considering not going abroad just because I wanted to spend more time in Amherst because I love it here so much and I wanted to take more classes here. If I go abroad, when I come back I will only have 8 classes left to take at Amherst! I recently found a great program through SIT that really excited me so I decided to petition it. We have over 240 pre-approved study abroad programs on our campus and if students find another program they are excited about, we can petition to go with another program. The process is really simple. I had lunch with Janna Behrens, our study abroad advisor, last Tuesday and we had a great chat about the necessary steps I need to take.
The program I’m petitioning takes a look at different cities around the world and how culture, politics, and geography affect people’s standard of living in their respective cities. I would start the program off in New York City for two weeks and then go to Brazil for 5 weeks, then India for 4 weeks, and finally South Africa for 5 weeks. There really are a wide variety of programs that students can choose from. Most students choose more traditional programs where they study at a foreign university in whatever country they travel to but there are more alternative programs as well. One of our green deans for the 2013-2014 year, Daniel Pastan, studied abroad in rural Thailand. His program was not paired up with a university in Thailand and instead he studied the effects of globalization on rural towns. It is definitely worth mentioning that when you study abroad your financial aid package travels with you. That means that when you’re abroad you just keep paying what you would have paid if you stayed on campus. Also, if you choose to do a more traditional program where you study at a foreign university you may even get credit for your major!
Wish me luck petitioning!
Until next time,