In Washington, D.C., this summer, junior Afsana Qurishi served as an intern at the White House, where she worked in the Office of Management and Administration. The international studies major in Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences says a highlight of the summer was hearing from speakers including First Lady Michelle Obama and Vice President Joe Biden.

Afsana-WhiteHouse.jpg “The speakers gave great insights into the field of foreign affairs,” says Qurishi (photo, left), who works at SMU’s John Goodwin Tower Center for Political Studies. “They gave great advice about school, careers and life itself.”

Qurishi is one of many students and faculty members who have shared their experiences on the SMU Adventures blog. The site lets the campus community, parents and alumni “travel along” as students meet challenges that go far beyond the classroom and chronicle their experiences in words, photos and videos.

Other 2011 bloggers include:

Dean Konenkamp, a senior accounting major in the Cox School of Business, who traveled to Hong Kong with the SMU-in-China Business program. He got a firsthand look at modern China’s unique culture and business practices. Read his blog.

Hannah Bliss and Lashlee Warner, who were awarded Richter Research Fellowships to study the quality of health care for African immigrants in the south of Spain. Warner is a junior majoring in biology and Spanish in Dedman College; Bliss is a junior majoring in accounting in the Cox School and political science, with a minor in Spanish, in Dedman College. Read their blog.

Kelly Vowell, who taught piano at West Dallas Community School as a Maguire & Irby Family Foundation Public Service Summer Intern, through the Cary M. Maguire Center for Ethics & Public Responsibility at SMU. Vowell is majoring in piano performance and pedagogy at Meadows School of the Arts. Read her blog.

Read more blogs at SMU Adventures.