Whether you like it or not, it cannot be denied that we live in a technological age. Everything is done online nowadays, from banking to education to entertainment, and all of those pastimes come down to one thing: communication. Content producers communicate with their audiences, strangers communicate with each other in the comments section of […]Read more "Digital Literacy: A Personal Reflection"
This semester, I got to work with Haley Steffens and Caroline Masters as we investigated the stereotypes and preconceptions surrounding Greek Life – the system of sororities and fraternities – at Furman University. We interviewed women in sororities, men in fraternities, and independent students, and we put together a podcast and a video of our […]Read more "Greek Life at Furman: For Some but Not Others"
South Carolina is part of the USA’s Bible Belt. As such, the media tends to focus on the conservative, prejudiced nature of some of the people who live in the south, and this has given the area an arguably bad reputation. As I discussed in my most recent post, I was someone who was coming […]Read more "Atlanta Pride: The Town That Breathed Happiness"
In my last two posts, I looked at the more lighthearted side of the exchange experience, but the fact is is that not every part of coming into a new environment will be positive. Everyone has certain reservations when leaving their familiar environment for one that is entirely new. As a (gay) South African (intersectional […]Read more "When Homesickness Hits, It Hits Hard"
Nowadays, every man, woman, and child has a bucket list: a list of things they hope to do and places they hope to go before they, you guessed it, kick the bucket. For exchange students, with their limited time and need to carpe that diem, bucket lists are a vital part of their experience abroad. […]Read more "Asheville: The Bohemian Jewel of the Carolinas"
After two years of forms, visa applications, planning, waiting, and anticipating, Dominick van Rens finally got on that plane and left his home in Groningen, The Netherlands, and took off for Greenville, South Carolina, where he would be spending the next four months doing a semester of exchange at Furman University. As he was passing […]Read more "The Beginning"