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.

The “Leveling Up” Process

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For all my gamer friends out there, I think you will appreciate this analogy because it is the only one that comes to mind when explaining how learning a second language is. I was once told this, my friend Maura told me that learning French would be very much a stop and go type of […]

The Mind of a Child

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Donc ce post est de se concentrer exclusivement sur la progression de mes filles en français. Elle est une boule d’énergie de cinq ans qui aime tous ceux qu’elle rencontre. Elle ne voit pas la couleur de la peau, la race, l’origine ethnique, l’âge, le sexe ou la nationalité. Elle voit juste une personne qu’elle […]

Noël en France

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So, I was hoping to write this shortly after Christmas but we spent this two-week vacation traveling around. The first week we spent in Normandy with my dad’s cousins and were able to experience a very traditional Christmas holiday, the following week we spent in London. We are actually currently sitting at the London train station […]

As Christmas Approaches

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We are right on the brink of Christmas vacation and it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas. Christmas markets in the Centre-Ville with Vin Chaud (hot wine) that my tongue is still recovering from hahaha, and some snow from time to time down in the village, but more so up in the mountains. I […]

Thanksgiving in France

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I meant to write this right after Thanksgiving, but a stomach bug has put my daughter and I both out for a few days. As I hope most people know, Thanksgiving is only a holiday celebrated in North America… and by that, I mean in the United States and in Canada (though they celebrate it […]