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February 22, 2012
In January we published our interview with Sandy Ungar, the president of Goucher College, a private, coeducational liberal arts college of 1,475 students in Baltimore County, Maryland.
Here at RateMyStudyAbroad we have a particularly keen interest in the students and faculty at Goucher, because it's the first college or university in the nation to require that 100% of its students study abroad.
Before becoming president of Goucher, Sandy Ungar had a career in international journalism that included, among other jobs, reporting for United Press International from Paris during the May 1968 protests and hosting NPR's All Things Considered. Mr. Ungar has been director of Voice for America, Dean of the School of Communication at American University, Washington editor of The Atlantic and Managing Editor of Foreign Policy. He's contributed to The Economist and the New York Times Magazine and is the author of four books, including Africa: The People and Politics of An Emerging Continent. Read More »
Parenting advice websites ParenteSource.com and igotMomPower.com featured us in March and April. They recommend RateMyStudyAbroad.com as a resource for parents when they help their kids select study abroad programs.
Amy Kelly, the lead writer and CEO of Parent eSource, conducted the interview.
Amy asked us questions like, "What advice do you give parents when looking at study abroad programs?" and "if a kiddo is having a bad study abroad experience, how can they get out of the program?" Read More »
The UMN study abroad office has achieved big increases in sending students abroad, in part because of their great study abroad evaluations. We caught up with Amber Bathke at their office and in August we created a checklist for "how to write the perfect study abroad evaluation." Sample tip: "avoid consumer-satisfaction type questions, it can lead to students complaining about experiences that were supposed to be challenging." Read More »
This year we partnered with GoAbroad.com to give our 10,000 monthly student users access to GoAbroad's fantastic comprehensive directory of study abroad program listings. Now RateMyStudyAbroad.com includes listings for every study abroad program open to the public -- more programs to rate, review and research. In exchange we've given GoAbroad.com access to our student reviews -- RateMyStudyAbroad reviews now appear on GoAbroad -- so that students researching their listings can catch a glimpse of the feedback from their peers about all the different programs around the world. Read More »
Check out our new video reviews – we will continue to collect video reviews from students around the world – bringing your RateMyStudyAbroad.com reviews to life! Our first batch is from several programs in Beijing, China.
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Travel Writing Essay 1st Prize - $1,000
"Maid Man" by Adam Douglas, San Francisco State UniversityBy the time I made it to one in 2008, attracted by the uniqueness of the enterprise as well as the promise of short skirts, the maid café had become something of a sensation, with cafes opening all over not only Japan but the world. The basics were essentially the same—young women treat you with deference and serve you over-priced coffee—but the specifics had become mind-bogglingly varied. Young women not your thing? There were butler cafes for women, transvestite cafes with men dressed as women, and cafes with women dressed as butlers for a straight female clientele. There was even a café where men, dressed as maids, walked around in doe-eyed anime character masks.
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Travel Writing Essay 2nd Prize - $200
"Untitled" by Sinead Byrne, Bard College at Simon's Rock A couple days before Easter, my papa explained to me that three of his grown children from a previous marriage would be coming to Buranamoa for the celebrations. He added that he was very excited for me to meet one of his sons in particular. This son was a gold salesman, he told me, and he would be bringing some gold with him to Buranamoa to give to me as a token of goodwill. In four or five years, papa told me, this son would move to New York and live with me and I would help him start his own gold business in America...
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Photography 1st Prize - $300
"Guitarrista" by Russell Edwards, University of California, San Diego (UCSD)
Photography 2nd Prize - $100
"Amatikulu Boy" by Courtney Kandler, University of Puget Sound