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Meghan Weekley
Spanish Ecuador: Quito (UW Program)
Quito, Ecuador
Winter Quarter, 2017

 

About Me
My name is Meghan Weekley and I am studying in Quito Ecuador through ACLAS or the Andean Center for Language Learning.

Where in the world are you off to and what will you be studying?
In Quito I am studying Spanish and living with a host family.

What are you most excited about?
I am most excited about the traveling, getting new relationships and connections, and becoming more fluent in Spanish.

What do hope readers will gain from following your posts?

I hope readers will get insight into studying abroad and what it’s really like and maybe will decide to do this program themselves, but at least know what they are getting themselves into.

 

Zoë Hyra
National University of Singapore Exchange (University Exchange Program)
Singapore, Singapore
Spring Semester (WIN/SPR), 2017

About Me
My name is Zoë Hyra. I’m a prolix, whimsical, one-leggèd wonder and probably only exchange student at the National University of Singapore who isn’t a STEM major. For even more unnecessarily verbose post-hoc thoughts on my ad-hoc life, check out my full personal blog here.

Where in the world are you off to and what will you be studying?
A Comparative Literature major back home, I am taking a range of obnoxiously fun language-related courses at a top university in the most welcoming, friendly, modern, and benevolent dictatorship in the world. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, clearly you’ve never been to Singapore.

What are you most excited about?
Spontaneous solo adventures! I’m admittedly a bit of an adrenaline junkie, and Singapore is the gateway to Southeast Asia. I’m keeping academics a high priority but there’s also no way I’m not taking full advantage of my time spent here.

What do hope readers will gain from following your posts?

All jests aside, I want to use this blog to reach out to those who feel that they are incapable of realizing their goals as result of disability. Following an accident that occurred while living in Cambodia in last year, my left leg is paralyzed below the knee. I need to wear a hinged brace to walk properly, I suffer from terrible chronic neuropathy, and given my increased physical exertion at NUS I will likely now be in a wheelchair at least part-time. Every day is an incredible struggle, mental and physical, as I labor to balance my desires and my pride with the reality of my current physical capacity.

My greatest hope is that, by sharing this journey with others, I can serve as inspiration and provide a sense of comradery to those facing similar difficulties.