Monthly Archives: December 2013

On to my next adventure…

I was thrilled to find out recently that not only have I been approved to take an honors art colloquium in New York City for course credit, but the honors program is offering me a sizable scholarship to help cover my living expenses. We had our final meeting as a class to discuss the class requirements last Wednesday. Essentially, the class takes place over two weeks in January. The majority of the students will be staying in a hotel, where we will be meeting every two or three days. The rest of the time is spent going to a list of museums, gallery openings, theater performances, sculpture exhibits, you name it… anything and everything art-related. Our only assignments are to [...]

2014-02-20T17:07:05+00:00 December 14th, 2013|Alex in New York|

The Learned List

To sum up many of the things I have learned here, I’ve compiled a list (in no particular order of importance): 1) Cash Yes, I already knew how to use an ATM machine. What I didn’t know until my time abroad is how much money I can spend without realizing it. I haven’t shopped much at all since I’ve been here in terms of clothes, but the little things add up; groceries, dinner out, taking a taxi or the occasional weekend trip, of course. Because it’s so much easier to use cash here, I’ve had to make far too many trips to the ATM than comfortable. Back home, I’d use my debit card most of the time, so changing to [...]

2013-12-20T14:25:04+00:00 December 9th, 2013|Jordan in Scotland|

Final Countdown

Well, guys, it’s safe to say I’ve been dreaming…dreaming of home, precisely. I’m at the final countdown now with just eight days to go…Goodness, time really does fly. I’ll be sure to write a VERY lengthy post throughout the day I travel home (I’ve got long flights and layovers in between each). However, I’d like to turn my last week here into a sort of last challenge for myself this semester abroad. So, today, I’d like to share what I posted on Facebook this past week: Scotland, I’ll miss you. I’ve learned so much because of you. I’ve learned what it means to be independent and yet how small I am in comparison to how big the world is. However, [...]

2013-12-20T14:21:55+00:00 December 7th, 2013|Jordan in Scotland|

‘You can still do something to help’

At the Genesis Women's Shelter Thrift Shop in Dallas An update from Danielle, a junior majoring in Spanish and the SMU Alternative Breaks student director who served as a site leader in Dallas: “Beep, beep, beep, beep.” I sluggishly rolled over in my bed at 7 a.m. Saturday to silence my dinging alarm. I ate breakfast and prepared to meet my Fall Alternative Break participants outside Hughes-Trigg Student Center; we were going to Genesis Women’s Shelter to prepare a pancake breakfast for the women and children. Over Fall Break, we immersed ourselves in the social issue of domestic violence by volunteering at the Genesis Thrift Store, touring and volunteering at the shelter, and participating in an educational seminar. [...]

2013-12-05T14:08:37+00:00 December 5th, 2013|Alternative Fall Breaks 2013|

The Weekly Update: The Perot Museum

An update from Dr. Robert Krout, Faculty in Residence (FiR) for the Mary Hay/Peyton Residential Community: As a FiR, I have the pleasure of planning outings for our community that combine intellectual and leisure aspects for our residents. A recent example is an afternoon trip downtown to visit the new Perot Museum of Nature and Science. Nineteen students, an RA, and our RCD (Residential Community Director) traveled with me via DART to the Pearl St Station, where we debarked and walked to the museum via the Arts District. This was a good way for students to learn how to use DART to get to destinations such as the Meyerson Symphony Center, Winspear Opera House, Nasher Sculpture Garden, Wylie Theatre, Dallas [...]

2013-12-05T10:45:48+00:00 December 5th, 2013|SMU Faculty in Residence|


Well, I went to London! I can now check that off my bucket list. I arrived late Thursday evening, when I met a family friend. I was in for the night, and didn’t explore London until the next day. When I woke Friday morning, I was ready to go and see the city. Although, Oxford Circus was perhaps the worst place to begin my day off. I have never felt so uncomfortable or bombarded by a city in my life. Walking out from the underground and into the open circle of shoving people, honking taxis and a total loss of direction, I was in shock. But thankfully, two girls from the program happened to be in London for the weekend [...]

2013-12-20T14:20:18+00:00 December 3rd, 2013|Jordan in Scotland|

Diary of an FiR: What do you DO with them? Part 2

An update from Ann Batenburg, Faculty in Residence (FiR) for the Virginia-Snider Residential Commons: November 25, 2013 As I reported in a previous post, whenever I tell someone about what I am doing here in the residence hall, the first question they ask is, “What’s it like living with students?” The second question that I am inevitably asked is, “What do you DO with them?” Last time, I wrote about Sunday Night Snacks and Pancakes and Potter. This time I’ll describe some other programs and activities – some have been successful and some haven’t been. A smaller-scale but successful effort has been Celebrity Chef. This is actually my diabolical plan to get out of cooking for students – really, with my [...]

2013-12-03T14:03:03+00:00 December 3rd, 2013|SMU Faculty in Residence|

Recipe for low-stress finals

An update from Meaghan, a member of the Residential Commons Leadership Corps and a second-year student triple majoring in Environmental Science with an Earth Science emphasis, Geology, and Chemistry, while triple minoring in Math, English, and Environmental Engineering: Welcome back from Thanksgiving break! I know I needed the rest before the stress of finals, and I’m sure most of you did too. As we near the night before finals, I wanted to offer a bit of advice for how to maximize studying time while also not driving yourself insane. My life gets pretty crazy, especially toward the end of the year. I’m a triple major in sciences and a triple minor, not to mention a recent inductee to the NRHH (National Residence Hall [...]

2013-12-03T10:03:37+00:00 December 3rd, 2013|Residential Commons Leadership Corps|

A chance to change lives

The group after a long day of work at Haven for Hope in San Antonio. An update from Sara Ann, a sophomore majoring in psychology and minoring in education who participated in the Alternative Breaks trip to San Antonio: Our Alternative Breaks trip to San Antonio was one I'll never forget. Although it was only a few days long, our group became friends almost instantly. And when you have friends doing service with you, the most mundane and repetitive tasks, like making PB&J sandwiches, can become a game of speed or a bonding moment. We had each other to make jokes and laugh with and to keep the energy going throughout long days of service. The community service [...]

2013-12-05T10:50:54+00:00 December 2nd, 2013|Alternative Fall Breaks 2013|
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