Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Meet our Staff: Gretchen Young

Name: Gretchen Young

Homestate: Massachusetts

Education: Middlebury College for undergraduate & graduate degree. BA in International Politics and Economics and MA in French.

Title at Barnard: Dean for International and Intercultural Student Programs

How long have you been working at Barnard: This is my 7th year, I began working at Barnard in 2008!

Abroad experience: I studied abroad at Reid Hall in Paris (but through Middlebury not Barnard) and took classes at Sciences Po, Nanterre and Reid Hall. I also lived and worked in Africa for 8 years.

Favorite location visited thus far: Impossible to say.

Dream location to visit: Vietnam and Mongolia are currently on this list.

Favorite travel tip: Relax and go with the flow!

5 things you must travel with (excluding necessities like a passport): I'm a minimalist - I like to travel with as little as possible. However, I usually like to have:
1. large multipurpose scarf (to cuddle up in if the plane is cold, to lay on on the beach, to dress up an outfit...)
2. My trusty swiss army knife (which now unfortunately forces me to always check my bags)
3. A small purse that I can wear across my body (especially good when going out dancing)
4. A mini padlock to lock up valuables (when sleeping on the train or staying at a hostel)
5. My water bottle (I refuse to buy outlandishly priced airport water but need to stay hydrated especially when flying)

Thursday, April 10, 2014

SNAP 2014

Did you miss out on seeing the photographs from this year's SNAP (See New Abroad Photos) Competition? Or maybe you're abroad and couldn't make it.

Now you can view all of the pictures in the slideshow below! Congratulations to all of our winning pictures and we look forward to seeing the creative and beautiful images our students are taking this year during SNAP 2015!

Created with flickr slideshow.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Meet our Staff: Rachel Romesburg

Name: Rachel Romesburg

Homestate: West Virginia

Education: Undergrad: Barnard College, European Studies with a concentration in Psychology. Grad: MA from NYU Steinhardt in Educational Psychology.

Title at Barnard: Program Director for International and Intercultural Student Programs

How long have you been working at Barnard: since August 2010

Abroad experience: 1 year in France - AUCP in Aix-en-Provence, BU in Grenoble

Favorite location visited thus far: France is my favorite country (although I may be a bit biased), but in terms of adventure my favorite place has been India - I only saw a very small part and hope to return some day!

Dream location to visit: Morocco! It has been on my list for almost 10 years, and I had even planned a trip there in college that I ended up having to cancel.

Favorite travel tip: Whenever you are going to a new country for any length of time, take a new scent with you, or buy one as soon as you arrive (be it perfume, lotion, shampoo, whatever). Only use that scent while you are there, every day. When you return home, use that scent only occasionally, and it will transport you back to your time abroad. Scent memories are some of the strongest, most evocative ones we have, and pairing a scent with a travel experience will bring back memories so vivid, you can relive your trip again and again. The longer the trip, the stronger the association, and thus the stronger the memory. I discovered this by accident with my pumpkin spice lotion in Aix-en-Provence, and now I do it on purpose whenever I travel.

5 things you must travel with (excluding necessities like a passport): 
1. Addresses of your friends and family, pre-printed on labels. Makes postcard sending a snap!
2. A journal, to record your adventures and thoughts.
3. An empty water bottle - get it through security and then fill it up! Hydration is very important.
4. Layers - you never know what the weather might be like, and how much it might fluctuate during the day. Layers also allow you to mix and match so you can take fewer clothes without feeling like you're wearing the same outfit every day.
5. Humility. Go with an open mind, and prepare for your assumptions to be challenged. (But your mind should be at least reasonably informed about where you're going!)

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Spring Study Abroad Students

During the spring semester there are close to 150 students from Barnard College studying abroad. We've created a new map where you can see all the different places our students are spending the next 4 months! And make sure to check out some of our student blogs listed to the left.

Monday, December 2, 2013

World AIDS Day

Since 1988, World AIDS Day has been observed on December 1st. World AIDS Day is an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, show their support for people living with HIV, and to commemorate people who have lost their battle against HIV/AIDS. It's an opportunity for people to learn more about the disease and put that knowledge into action.

This year's theme, "Getting to Zero", was selected by the World AIDS Campaign's Global Steering Committee for the annual World AIDS Day observances, 2011 – 2015. The theme is about reducing new HIV infections, discrimination and AIDS related deaths to zero through increased advances and equal access to HIV prevention, testing, treatment and care.

Did you see anything going on yesterday for World AIDS Day? Share your stories with us ( and you might see it posted!