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The Life-Changing Experiences of Studying Abroad - Un último blog

Posted by Michael Orange on Tue, Jan 14, 2014 @ 09:53 AM

During my last week here in Cuernavaca, México, I had the opportunity to go see a club soccer game at Estadio Azteca (the primary soccer stadium in Mexico City) where Club América faced off against the Tigres. In the end, Club América won the match 3-0. Below are some pictures from the game:

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Topics: study abroad, Mickey Orange, Mexico

La Navidad, Tepoztlán y Las Estacas (Parque Natural)

Posted by Michael Orange on Sun, Jan 05, 2014 @ 09:38 AM

¡Feliz Navidad y Año Nuevo! Between classes, celebrating Christmas, taking excursions, and preparing for New Years, the past week has kept me busy. On December 24th, my school and host family celebrated "Las Posadas." Because there is no literal translation, Las Posadas can be generalized as a series of nightly celebrations that begin on December 16th and end on December 24th (Christmas Eve or Noche Buena).


Each evening, a procession of people travels down a street, typically holding statues or candles of Jesus, Mary, Joseph, and many other Saints. As the procession walks along the street, the people sing Christmas songs (Villancicos Navideños), sometimes stopping for a prayer or religious reading. Eventually, the procession arrives at a designated house and a song begins that alternates between those inside and those outside. The song finishes as everyone enters the house. Inside the house will be various cultural foods and a traditional punch consisting of cinnamon sticks, guava, prunes, sugar cane, and a small, circular fruit called "Tejocote." 

This past weekend, the group traveled to two different destinations in Morelos: Tepoztlán and Las Estacas (A natural water park). Tepoztlán is certainly one of the stranger, yet more beautiful towns in Mexico. Largely occupied by a lush valley whose walls were formed by curiously shaped mountains, these mountains look like the work of some colossal, abstract expressionist being. The mountains were visible from almost anywhere in town. Even the parking lot provides an extraordinary view.

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Topics: Christmas, study abroad, Mickey Orange, Mexico

Taxco, Tepeyac y Teotihuacán

Posted by Michael Orange on Tue, Dec 17, 2013 @ 10:29 AM

It has only been three days since arriving in México, and already, I have had the opportunity to see some of the most significant theological and archeological sites spread across this stunning country. On Saturday, the group spent the morning driving from the state Morelos to the state Guerrero, where we spent the entire day in the city of Taxco touring it's central plaza. Today, we spent the morning traveling from Morelos to Mexico City, where we visited the basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe. Afterwards, we traveled to Teotihuacán and spent the afternoon hiking through The Avenue of the Dead, The Pyramid of the Sun, and various other pyramids. 

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Topics: study abroad, Mickey Orange, Mexico

A Holiday Abroad? No Hay Bronca

Posted by Michael Orange on Thu, Dec 12, 2013 @ 09:42 AM

"Hay una manera diferente para aprender español." La Universal's slogan, 'There is a different way to learn Spanish,' is the principle philosophy behind opening the eyes of students eager to develop new language skills. My name is Mickey Orange, and I am currently a sophomore biology major at Saint Vincent College. For the winter break of 2013-2014, I am going to embark on a one month adventure into México, where I will live with a host family and continue my Spanish education at Cuernavaca's Center for Language and Social Communication, La Universal.

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Topics: spanish, study abroad, Mickey Orange, Mexico

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Paige Casario is a junior International Business major with minors in Spanish and Operational Excellence. She is studying Business and Spanish and living with a host family in Sevilla, Spain, for the spring semester. She is very excited for this opportunity and experience and can't wait to venture all over Spain and Europe.

Hi! My name is Nicole Reitz and I’m a junior psychology major at SVC. This spring, I’m studying at Edge Hill University in England.

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Hi! My name is Gianna Boburka. I am an international business major with minors in operational excellence and entrepreneurship. I will be studying abroad in Thessaloniki, Greece, this summer for five weeks. In addition to taking two classes abroad, I will be exploring many different sites around Greece.

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Theresa Thimons is a sophomore majoring in mathematics. She is the proud little sister to nine siblings and aunt to seventeen nieces and nephews. Theresa believes that each encounter she has with another human is an opportunity to better understand the heart of Jesus, as every person is the result of God’s love. In whatever career path she ends up taking, she looks forward to solving problems and hopefully inspiring more people to explore the world of fun that is found in math.

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My name is Sam Geer. I’m from Murrysville, Pennsylvania, and I’m a junior at Saint Vincent. I’m getting my major in Environmental Science and minoring in Public Administration. I’m a work study at the Winnie Palmer Nature Reserve and am a member of the Benedictine Leadership Studies Program. This summer, I'll be traveling to Bhutan in the Himalayas of Central Asia, home of the bearcat, where I’ll be studying environmental sustainability and Bhutanese culture. 

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Hi! Im Gabrielle Kohl, an avid reader who loves to travel around the world! I love to experience new culture, literature, people and food. I aim to make a positive impact in the lives of people with whom I interact in order to make the world a happier place.

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Hi! My name is Nicole Berry and I am currently a junior studying communication and psychology. I also am minoring in children studies. I am a commuter and currently live in Delmont, PA. I am hoping to graduate in May 2017 and go on to graduate school for my Masters in Social Work and Juris Doctorate.

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Anastasia Jaeger is a junior English education major with a minor in German and a minor in peace and justice. She has always dreamed of being able to travel around the world and is thankful that Saint Vincent College has these opportunities available to students. When she is not at college, she is likely working her part-time job at a local bakery. In the future, she hopes to travel more and do humanitarian work or teach high school students English.