• Trekking a Welsh Beach

    On Sunday I had the pleasure of getting out of the city for a few hours and enjoying a walk on a Welsh beach. Climbing and jumping across the varied terrain was reminiscent of the feats of Indiana Jones. At points I was dodging strong currents from an estuary flowing into the ocean, bounding from boulder… Continue Reading

  • #alaCardiff-giving

    It’s a blessing and a curse being the only U.S. citizen in an international postgraduate program. Why? Because I get the opportunity to share customs like trick-or-treating while enduring countless George W. Bush remarks. Last week the blessings outweighed the curse as I ran around like a chicken with its head cut off preparing to… Continue Reading


    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, conferences,… 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.