Study Abroad

The Year of Children in the Garden: Internships in New Zealand

Kaia Desai Fihn will be HECUA’s student blogger for the New Zealand program this spring semester. Kaia is a junior majoring in History and minoring in Race and Ethnic Studies at St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota. You can read Kaia’s previous post here. Internships sites across Wellington by Kaia Desai Finn Wellington has easily […] Read More »

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Wicked Problems and Sustainability in New Zealand

Kaia Desai Fihn will be HECUA’s student blogger for the New Zealand program this spring semester. Kaia is a junior majoring in History and minoring in Race and Ethnic Studies at St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota. You can read Kaia’s previous post here. Our goodbyes at the marae were long, for we were not only […] Read More »

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On the marae in New Zealand.

It was only a little over an hour to the marae. On our way out of Tongariro National Park, we stopped at Lake Rotopounamu. This lake is tapu (sacred) to Māori, as it’s a place where Māori women went to give birth. We stood in a circle with our new companions from Whitecliffe College (see […] Read More »

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When White Wokeness Comes at the Expense of People of Color

HECUA programs offer students a chance to think deeply about the issues that matter most, and we’d like to share a piece of that experience with you. This semester, students in our Inequality in America, Art for Social Change, and Making Media, Making Change programs are writing a series of blog posts on a topic of […] Read More »

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Buses, female empowerment, and guinea pigs: internships in Quito

When I arrive at the farm, I change into my work clothes and put on my big green rubber boots. I’m usually freezing in the morning, so I bundle up with a long sleeve shirt, sweatshirt, and rain jacket. The day starts and I help out with whatever needs to be done on the farm; usually this involves planting, weeding, feeding the cuy (guinea pigs) and chickens, and preparing produce to be sold. Read More »

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Optional Student Services Fees Harm Students’ Mental Health

Admitting you have a problem is hard. Asking for help is harder. Figuring out where to find that help is even more challenging. When it comes to mental health, it comes as no surprise that university students experience intense levels of stress and subsequent mental health issues like depression and anxiety Read More »

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A New Normal: Megan’s story

HECUA programs offer students a chance to think deeply about the issues that matter most, and we’d like to share a piece of that experience with you. This semester, students in our Inequality in America, Art for Social Change, and Making Media, Making Change programs are writing a series of blog posts on a topic of […] Read More »

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An Open Letter from HECUA student Ashton

HECUA programs offer students a chance to think deeply about the issues that matter most, and we’d like to share a piece of that experience with you. This semester, students in our Inequality in America, Art for Social Change, and Making Media, Making Change programs are writing a series of blog posts on a topic of […] Read More »

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Study Abroad

Kaia visits Mount Ngauruhoe.

Kaia Desai Fihn will be HECUA’s student blogger for the New Zealand program this spring semester. Kaia is a junior majoring in History and minoring in Race and Ethnic Studies at St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota. You can read Kaia’s previous post here. Week 4: Mordor It was a long journey to our next destination—Tongariro […] Read More »

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Spring Break in Zagreb with student blogger Molly Dubois

So yes, my chapter of rolling hills, walking Strand Road, talking and working with extraordinary ordinary people of all ages and backgrounds, watching Netflix in bed with my flatmates while eating Zora’s Takeout, visiting the sea, castles, and historic spaces, reading Jonathan Swift on the train, enjoying a quality Guinness, and really looking in on myself and my country from a different perspective is coming to an end. Read More »

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