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May 22, 2012

What I Really Learned in College

 
 

So, they handed me my degree last Monday.

Feels good! Feels weird…. Feels exciting.

College, on the whole, was an amazing 4 years for me. Studying history, economics, politics – I learned a lot from some inspiring professors.

But most importantly, I learned a lot from the examples set by those inspiring professors, and by my equally inspiring peers. Examples for being industrious, curious, tenacious.

 

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After graduating, I sat down and tried to think of what I had really loved about college. What made it special, and what I would miss. And I realized this:

The magic of college wasn’t in the classes I took or the places I hung out. For me, the magic was in the people I was surrounded by.

University is a unique scene. An array of people, all brought together from different backgrounds, in different disciplines, with different hopes and aspirations. In one place, you have the scholars, scientists, doctors, artists, and more – before they max out their potential and reach their goals. Here, in college, is where all of our paths cross.

So now our paths are starting to diverge, and that’s a good thing. As I embrace this new beginning, I look back on college as a great experience and opportunity.

I read a lot. I traveled a lot. I learned a lot.

But the best part was always the people.

Professors, classmates, roommates, family, friends, people I knew well, people I wish I knew better —

You guys are phenomenal, and with you, college was awesome.

 
 
With thanks,

Kate

 
 

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September 1, 2011

The Fight

Hey everybody,

So, I’ve been absent from the blog the past week or so due to a health crisis in my family.

My mom was diagnosed with ovarian cancer exactly 2 weeks ago, and she’s already begun the fight.

family.

The doctor has a lot of confidence in his treatment plan, and my mom has made it well through 2 rounds of chemotherapy so far. Luckily, my dad’s workplace is helping out by giving him the chance to go with my mom for the treatment every week and by providing meals every day.

So far, it seems to be going well.

This has been a big health scare for all of us – my mom had little to no symptoms, no risk factors, and no family history.

It came out of nowhere and caught us all by surprise. Ovarian cancer is hard to catch in the early stages, and we never expected anything so serious to be wrong.

Please be diligent with your health care.

For information on ovarian cancer + how to reduce your risk, check out the info on Dr. Oz’s site: “Ovarian Cancer: Stopping a Secret Killer.”

July 17, 2011

Happy Birthday, Jenny!

 
Today is my sister’s birthday!

She’s fabulous, funny, and now fifteen. I really can’t believe how old she’s getting – it still seems like only yesterday that we were bringing my new baby sister back from the hospital and showing her around her new home.

Happy birthday, Jenny – I love you so-o-o much! Wish we were together to celebrate today, but we’ll just have to make up for it with even more celebrating when I get back from Prague. : )

Photo from last year’s birthday…

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June 19, 2011

Happy Father’s Day!

 

Hope everyone is having a good Father’s Day!

And especially to my dad….


Happy Father’s Day, Dad! From Prague with love : )

Pic of Daddy and me, San Francisco, 1992

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May 12, 2011

Model European Union

It’s been finals week here in Freiburg, and I officially finished my last one today! It feels great to be done with all the exams, but my study abroad program still has one more big academic event….

The Model European Union Summit, 2011.

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This weekend, all the students on my program are suiting up and stepping into character to represent EU member states in a simulation summit. We’re divided into two groups: Heads of Government and Foreign Ministers. And we’re all discussing hot topics facing Europe today, just like in the real EU.

I’m the foreign minister for Lithuania…
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…and I’ll be talking about European Neighborhood Policy, European Enlargement, the new European External Action Service (EEAS), and Common Asylum/Refugee Policy.

Most of my time will be spent in this room:

model european union.

It’ll be around 13 to 14 hours of debate, discussion, and compromise. The goal is to draft some legislation addressing those EU topics, but mostly we’re here to learn about the involved, complicated, and difficult process of meeting the needs of all European states.

Might be a bit of a bumpy ride!

May 8, 2011

Happy Mother’s Day!

 
 

My mom is a daydreamer…

…and a nature-lover…

…and a Charlie Brown fan…

…and she’s always ready for a new adventure….

But best of all, she’s an awesome role model, a giver of sage advice, and a jokester.

Happy Mother’s Day to my mom and all the other moms out there. : )

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January 21, 2011

Home in Germany

 

I showed you a couple of pictures inside my kitchen and living space of the dorm, now here’s a couple more inside my room! The place is huge, bigger than my dorm room back at Emory!

I have a great window – a big door that lets in plenty of light and even opens up for some fresh air! : )

My study abroad program focuses on the history and institutions of the European Union. To go along with our classes, we are traveling to lots of places in the EU to see up close how the government and economics here all works. Next week, I’m heading out to Berlin and Prague to see the sights and the history of the cities. I’ll be away from the computer, but I’ll update with pictures and stories as soon as I get back home to Freiburg!

Stay tuned! : D

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December 31, 2010

Goodbye 2010, hellooo Germany!

Today…

It’s the last day of 2010! The beginning of 2011! Time to celebrate!

2010 was a great year…. hello, 2011! What are your plans for welcoming the new year?

As for me, I’m packing today! Jan 11, I’m flying out to Freiburg, Germany where I’m going to be studying this semester! And as I start to pack and organize everything for leaving, I’m feeling…

Excited!

Nervous.

Apprehensive?

Mainly, I am really looking forward to all the ins and outs of another culture!

I know it’ll be a challenge, though. But I figure that’s just part of the authentic experience. Along with all the excitement and adventure, I’m expecting a few rough and tumble days — homesick, culture shock… but I think I’m up for it!

It’s gonna be great, yeah?

Auf Wiedersehen!

 

December 26, 2010

a merry little christmas, part II

 

Hope everybody is enjoying their holiday! Good food, good times, good friends and family – I love this time of year.


We had a white Christmas here in Atlanta! The first in 128 years.

From the AJCThis is Atlanta’s first white Christmas since the Chester Arthur administration (that was 1882 for non-historians).

Merry Christmas! : )

October 31, 2010

It’s the Great Pumpkin!

 

We stopped by the pumpkin patch to pick some pumpkins for Halloween!

Happy Halloween, everybody!

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