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.

And So Ends SCHOOL

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Bonjour à tous, I am pleased to inform you all that I am OFFICIALLY done with classes. I know I took exams earlier this month, but I then continued with 3 extra weeks of summer class parce que… Pourquoi pas? En fait, my daughter was still in school and will be just for another week, so rather […]

Exams and Goodbyes

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I am writing this having just ended our last semester. We all began exams last Friday and finished… depending on our group or level anywhere from Tuesday to yesterday. I hate exams. I always have, I get really bad test anxiety and as a result become very stressed during a period of exams. This was… […]

Milan, a Weekend in Italy

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So up until this point, most of our trips have to places were either English or French were the main languages spoken. I was easily able to communicate with no problems and I was comfortable navigating the metro system or walking into a store to do some shopping. Now… I am in Italy where they […]

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. […]