• LLANFAIRPWLL…

    Yesterday I wrote a 31 word research question. I removed my hands from the keyboard and could distinctly hear my professor’s mantra: cut down the word count. After reading it aloud and crowd sourcing editing skills from my friends seated around me I narrowed the focus down to 18 words. (Hooray!) As I work to… Continue Reading

  • Retreat at Gregynog Hall

    The anticipation and hype surrounding the MAIJ trip to Gregynog was tantamount to Halloween and a visit from the Easter Bunny combined.   A retreat in the quiet depths of northeastern Wales, Gregynog was bequeathed to the University of Wales upon the death of the Davies sisters. Now a function hall, Gregynog is a Renaissance man-sion hosting weddings,… Continue Reading

  • News Review: .Mic

    When you attend an International Journalism programme, of course you’ll be exposed to new opinions, sources, and perspectives — but who knew I had to travel to Wales to encounter a new US news source?   Mic.com was introduced to me by my friend Kawai Man, from Hong Kong. “I was attracted to the visual presentation…and keep going back… Continue Reading

  • Oxford, UK

    This past Saturday the graduate centre sponsored a trip to Oxford and the British weather gods blessed the day.   Unbeknownst to us, Oxford University freshers (aka freshmen) were matriculating that morning. All across the city young kids were dressed in black suits and skirts with white tops and the official, short-sleeve robes of an… Continue Reading

  • FUNDamental Differences

    In the United States education is expensive. Over four years of private high school, another four of undergraduate coursework, and one graduate-level online course my studies have required upwards of $5,000 worth of textbooks, novels, dictionaries, and other reading materials. One of many fees on top of tuition.

  • Cardiff Bay

    Only three and a half miles south of the city centre, Cardiff Bay is the exclamation point of the Welsh capital city. Old and new are both cherished here with landmarks including the Pierhead Building; the Welsh Assembly, the Senedd; and the Millennium Centre. It is clear the renovation of the once docklands, central to… Continue Reading

  • Cheers

    It’s been five days and I am thrilled to be acclimating to the city of Cardiff and patiently awaiting the start of classes and life as a postgraduate student. On my first day, only hours after disembarking a propeller plane from Dublin, the taxi driver who brought me to Tesco tried to teach me a… Continue Reading