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Sacred Site

Allison J. is a graduate student studying human rights: We arrived at the first camp not knowing what to expect.  As we passed through the original gate, the silence of the group starkly contrasted with the “thump, thump, thump” of … Continue reading

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In Stutthof, Gdansk

Rosa P. is an M.B.A. student at SMU’s Cox School of Business: It is impossible to explain with words the feelings that someone could have when you see for the first time a concentration camp. I am going to try … Continue reading

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Visiting Poland

Trina S. is a sophomore majoring in electrical engineering: So far, we’ve visited Stutthof, Treblinka, Jedwabne, Łódź and Chełmno. I know that sounds like a laundry list of places but after visiting them, it has a whole new level of significance. … Continue reading

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Gates of Death

Syed R. is a senior majoring in political science, human rights and Arabic: Today went to Stuthoff, a camp where 85,000 met their end. When we got off the bus and started walking towards the gate I thought of how … Continue reading

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Stutthof Outside of Gdansk

Thirty-nine members of the SMU community took a study tour of Holocaust sites in Poland Dec. 18-30. This year marks the 20th anniversary of SMU Embrey Human Rights Program Director Rick Halperin leading the two-week immersive experience. The group visited cities and death camps throughout Poland, where, during World War II, some 5,000,000 people were murdered during the Nazi, Germany, occupation (1939-1945). The group also met with members of the organization Children of the Holocaust, in Warsaw, to hear first-hand stories of their experiences. Continue reading

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London Calling

Over Thanksgiving break I got to do a little solo exploring around London town, as my roommate who I was traveling with headed off to Bath, England to visit a friend. We were on a pretty tight schedule, and I … Continue reading

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Top 10 Things I Will Miss about Copenhagen

Jogs around Damhussøen (the lake behind my house) Dinner every night with my host family My roommates Allie and Kyle and all the sweet friends I’ve traveled with Starbucks baristas. Like, okay, I’m aware that we have Starbucks baristas in … Continue reading

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A Week in the Life of a DIS Student

If you are like I was before studying abroad, you have no concrete idea of what studying abroad actually looks like. You’ve scrolled through study abroad Instagram posts, read blogs, watched videos, done country research and thought about potential weekend … Continue reading

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Oslo, Bergen, and Barcelona, Oh My!

November, 20, 2016 This post is incredibly long overdue, but I couldn’t go without sharing a few major highlights from my independent travel week. Something I didn’t necessarily realize when I enrolled in DIS was just how different it is from other … Continue reading

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Mental Health Abroad: You are Capable.

Hej everyone! Wow. It’s been awhile. I could lie and say I’ve been avoiding this blog because I’ve been overwhelmed with work in the past few weeks. That is partly true. Guys, studying abroad entails actually studying. Who knew?! After arriving … Continue reading

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