The Beginning

OK, hello everyone!

I suppose I would like to start off by explaining why I have created this blog. First, as a result of acquiring scholarships for this study abroad program I must, in some creative method, produce a “project” and give a report about my ventures in Prague. Second, friends and family have asked to be kept in the loop and so this is quite a convenient way to do so seeing as I cannot use my phone while abroad. Thirdly, and for my own selfish reasons, I will not have to update everyone I know about how my trip went and consequently dread the polite and expected question of, “So how was your trip!?” These three reasons make up the foundation of why I chose this medium.

Furthermore, I would like to ask all of you to bear with me throughout the writing and execution my “Prague Blog.” Although I am an English major and that consists of producing many papers, I am not particularly gifted in writing. I am also not the best with grammar. I have survived my major only through hours of hard work and much appreciated editors. However, I will try my best to generate something readable.

I hope you all enjoy!

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Study Abroad programs offer cool adventures

In its sixth year, the Maricopa Community Colleges’ Study Abroad Program offers amazing opportunities to live and study in the heart of Prague. The first of a series of information sessions will be held 6 – 7 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2012, at Glendale Community College in the Student Union’s Royal Palm room. If you cannot make this session, two more opportunities will be offered at Gateway Community College (see below). Studying abroad in Prague is a no brainer. What is hard is choosing from the eight programs of study.

Those interested in traveling May 31 to June 28 can choose from the following four-week programs: Art History, Contemporary Cinema, Introduction to the Holocaust or International Business.

Those interested in traveling July 2 to Aug. 2 may choose from Digital Photography, Introduction to Multiculturalism, Psychology of Religion or World Religion. Past participants claim the classes and excursions exceeded their expectations.

Classes are held in a modernized sixteenth century building. A short distance away, double room dorm style accommodations are comfortable and participants share a community kitchen and living room on each floor. The price of $2,664 covers all lodging, classes, excursions and local transportation. Airfare, food, and spending money are not included in the price of the four-week programs. While your friends and relatives battle the summer heat at home, you’ll be enjoying Prague’s cool, mid-seventy degree weather.

The Study Abroad program is open to the public. Come for college credit or simply for the adventure. GCC English Professor and adjunct professor at Gateway Community College, Dr. Ruth Callahan is GCC’s contact for the Prague Study Abroad program. Please visit Dr. Callahan’s web site for more information. Registration is through Gateway Community College.

In addition to the GCC information session, two other sessions will be held at Gateway Community College from 3 – 4 p.m., Monday, Feb. 20, and from 6 – 7 p.m., Monday, March 19, in Gateway Community College’s Main Building.

Please visit the GCC Study Abroad website for more information. And if you’re strapped for cash but passionate about going on one of these excursions, be sure to look for the information about a possible scholarship grant.

How many countries have you traveled to?

Our students went to two different countries over the summer. We took a study-abroad class to Beijing, China and another to Prague, Czech Republic. We currently have a biology faculty member in Japan studying traditional fisheries and marine life.

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Top 14 things to look for in a college

We know that choosing a college is one of the hardest decisions you will make in your adult life. You have to know that you can afford the school you choose, be comfortable there and also trust that you will learn what you need to become a successful employee after graduation. That’s why we’ve put together this list of the “Top 14 things to look for in a college” and described how Glendale Community College tackles each concern. Whether you choose to become a Gaucho or go elsewhere, this list is a great starting point for all of those looking to pursue any type of degree or certificate. Continue reading