School Abroad in Paris Limits Freedom

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Let me start this way: I love Middlebury. My three years here have been the best of my  life. I have started to create myself here. Obviously resumés are reductive, but if you look at  mine, you can start to understand a little about who I am. Socially Responsible Investing Club,  The Campus, Queers & Allies, Blackbird literary magazine, occasional participant at Verbal  Onslaught. I’ve worked for political startups and municipal government and done research on  sketchy financial aid practices. Poet, writer, economist, queer, environmentalist, social justice  activist, politically­opinionated. That’s me. These are all pieces of my identity. I’ve built this  identity through my choices at Middlebury. And this year, I chose to add another identity to the  list: expat. I consider Middlebury a place that encourages this diversity of activities and  individualism. But that’s why I was so disappointed by what awaited me in France. I came here  to prove to myself that I could create life for myself somewhere else, but unfortunately  Middlebury has stopped me from creating my own life in two essential places: extracurricular  activities and housing. I was very clear on my application: I wanted to live in a student boarding house (foyer in  French) because I am gay and I do not want anyone’s opinion on my sexuality to ever matter  again. I had already came out once, I did not need another family to come out to. Middlebury  then placed me into a Christian foyer. The foyers were not only full of groups of homophobic  guys that made me feel uncomfortable living there, but it was also a controlling space where the  woman in charge would enter my room without my knowledge, would open the window, clear  my room of snacks (apparently food was not allowed in the rooms) and grade my room on its  cleanliness. The moment I walked into my room to a scorecard on the ground grading how clean  my room was, I knew I had to leave. The experience was insultingly infantilizing. I was also not  allowed to have any guests in my room, so I could pretty much forget any kind of sexuality […]

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Healing through Art in Uruguay: An Intern’s Experience

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On a hot summer Tuesday in Montevideo, Uruguay, I walked down the fluorescent–lit hallways of the Hospital Pereira Rossell, past people waiting in rows of[…]

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Fall Study Abroad Underenrolled

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Last Thursday, students applying to study abroad in the 2016 Spring semester were asked to consider changing their program and go during the Fall 2015[…]

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Oxford Added to Schools Abroad

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The College is expanding its network of schools abroad with the newly re-named Middlebury College – CMRS Oxford Humanities Program, in which the College will[…]

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On Getting Lost In Paris

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Paris is a great city to get lost in. I know, because I’m an experienced wanderer. The part of my brain that should be able[…]

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Abroad Programs Raise Concerns

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Mackenzie Stewart ’13 returned from a semester abroad in Valparaiso, Chile disappointed and looking for answers. Student strikes, communication issues among staff and a lackluster[…]

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Students Abroad Face Assault Risk

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Research conducted by Associate Professor of Psychology Matthew Kimble found that female undergraduates who study abroad are significantly more likely to experience rape and other[…]

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Competition Winners Describe Study Abroad Photography

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After winning the study abroad photography contest, the Campus sat down with Matthew Dengler ’13 to discuss his entry “Untitled,” as well as Madeline Brooks ’13 to[…]

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College Suspends Mexico School Abroad

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On Nov. 6, the College announced its decision to suspend its school abroad in Xalapa, Mexico. The program, which was based at the Universidad Veracruzana[…]

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New School in India Established

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Last week, the College’s Board of Trustees approved the school’s first study abroad program to India.  Starting next year, the school will send eight students,[…]

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