Laural M.

Senior - Criminology & Geography (Urban Geography)
Albuquerque, N.M.

Study Abroad Location: Chambery, France

Interests: Drawing, writing short stories and poetry, hiking, working out, playing football, playing tabletop RPG games with my friends, baking…really it depends on my mood

Extra Curricular Activities: I help out at my church a lot

Red or Green? green

Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.
— Joshua 1:9b

Favorite Class: I can’t choose, I’d have to say any subject that deals with crime and location of crime in cities. So a variety of Criminology and Geography classes.

Favorite Bands: Skillet

Why did you choose to study abroad?
I have been wanting to study abroad for years, I have been wanting to go out of country and travel for years. I grew up moving around my entire life. I lived in Germany when I was five and my first memories are of Germany and France. I can never feel settled in one place for too long and the study abroad program gave me a safe way to travel so far away with my daughter without having to worry to much.

Why do you think it is important to study abroad?
I think it is good to get our of your own world for a while and see how other countries function. See how other cultures deal with things. Americans can be very opinionated and biased because we believe we are the best nation in the world but how do you we know what works and what doesn’t if we don’t go out and experience those things ourselves. The more you travel and study abroad the more informed you will be and the better people we become.

Do you plan on visiting other countries, cities during your exchange?
I am hoping to travel as much as I can. Since I will be within an hours distance from Switzerland and Italy those will be the easiest to visit. I am hoping to visit the UK before the whole Brexit thing gets messier than it already is, and hope to travel around France. I will be going North for Christmas to reconnect with family for the first time in over 20 years so that will also be nice.

What have you learned in your time in college?
I have learned that I love to learn. I have learned that I am good at learning and that I can connect with the subjects of the class and connect them with the other classes I have taken. I can cross disciplines and pull subject matter from one school of thought into another which allows for a greater dynamic of thinking. I have also learned that I still have so much I don’t understand. My perspectives have been challenged and I have been forced to reevaluate my world views significantly in the last couple of years. I was a very black and white person and sure I was always right. Now I am more cautious and open minded to other perspectives.

Meet Laural M.

Housing Options

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So this is something I have been considering quite a bit as I have been here in France. My situation is a bit different, so my options were slightly limited by that. However, there are several types of options available to most students and based on what kind of a student you are and how […]

Weekend Getaways (EXPLORE)

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So, one of the best parts where I live in France is my proximity to other countries and the ease of access to get there. I live in a town called Chambéry in the Savoie region of France, which is located in the French Alps and here is a list of nearby places to visit. […]

Still not used to it…

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Hey guys, so we are quickly approaching the 8-month mark… which is SO weird to think about. Time is flying by but then at times feel like it is standing still. So I had something interesting happen to me yesterday that made me recall my first few weeks in Chambéry and then I began thinking […]

Language Exchange

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So as I was trying to think of a blog to write, this term came up. One that is very common here in Chambéry but one that when I used it with my friends from the States was… all but foreign to them. I am currently involved in two language exchanges myself and they are […]

Spring, flowers, and the budding off all things

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  The temperatures have finally begun to rise slightly, leading to the blooming of spring flowers. In general, the weather has been cloudy, rainy, and windy but that has not really dampened my mood. A great deal has been on my mind as I ponder how time has flown and how much has changed in […]