• Ryan’s Question: Would you want college to be shorter than four years, or longer than four years? Amberly’s Answer: This question has been on my mind a lot as of late, with registration having just begun. I can’t actually register for anything until April 10, but I’ve been given an ample amount of time to look over the possible courses I could take, at the possible paths my future could take. And as I do, I’m reminded of what Sylvia Plath wrote in her novel, The Bell Jar: “I saw my life branching out before me like the green fig tree in the story. From the tip of every... Read More
  • Hello, all!  Happy April! Spring is my favorite season! This week, I am cheered by the good news that the weather will approach 60 degrees soon. Rumor has it, the temperature will be 78 degrees next Tuesday. Please, oh please, let the rumor be true.  I'm also excited to begin saving money again. This week, I will be contributing $20.00 to my savings account. For those who may not have seen my most recent post, I had to empty my savings account last week, so this brings my total to the same $20.00. I'm still considering alternative options for the trip. I think that it... Read More
  • My very first weekend abroad, I attended a dinner party with my host family to celebrate the New Year. It was everything I had imagined a French dinner party to be — multiple courses, an assortment of cheeses, flutes of champagne, and slices of fresh bread. Then, at the end of the meal, the host called out: "Okay, everyone get under the table!" What? I watched as the children came running into the dining room and hid underneath the table. As it turns out, the days after the New Year are when the French celebrate with galette des rois, a special cake with its own set of... Read More
  • Hello all, I am happy to see the warmer temperatures. I don't mind the rain, and I hear it will be almost 60 degrees outside next week. Hooray! One step forward, two steps back. Such are the words that describe my financial progress this week.  I wish I could tell you that I had managed to save a colossal amount of money by now. However, I can't tell you that because it's not true.  This week, I deposited $25 to my savings account, and then I completely emptied my account when I needed to transfer money in order to pay my bills. It happens. As I said last week, bills... Read More
  • Maybe this blog should’ve been more at the beginning of my series, but there are so many things to touch base on at the beginning of the semester! Roommate living is a situation that you have to deal with all semester. Sometimes you get lucky and live with people you end up liking, or you live with close friends. Other times, you might not care much for who you’re sharing a space with, but there are ways to live in harmony with your roommate, whether you’re in the dorms or off campus. 1.Communication No, you and your roommate are not in a serious committed relationship (... Read More
  • Happy spring! It's been so great to see sunshine, cherry blossoms, and farmers markets up and running around Montpellier. As the weather warms up, the students here are heading to outdoor cafes after class and planning hikes and beach trips on the weekends. It's nice to enjoy the weather, but now more than ever I'm trying to stay organized as my schedule starts to fill up.  We're more than halfway through the semester now, which means it's time to start picking classes for next semester and thinking about final papers and projects. The best part of spring always seems to... Read More
  • Hello, all.  This week has been going by really quickly so far, as the busy weeks tend to. Monday was the first day of spring, and I am still waiting for that warmer weather to start. I hope I start to see some flowers soon. Lillies are my favorite flower, but I like tulips and daisies too. Maybe I'll get to see one of those soon on campus. If you're curious to see what kinds of flowers can be found at Arches National Park, here is the link to that page on their website.  I am disappointed to report that I have not reached my goal for this week's budget. Disappointed, ... Read More
  • Ryan’s Question: How many people do you meet that say that college was the best four years of their life? Amberly’s Answer: If I’ll be one hundred percent honest, not a lot — in terms of people closer to my age, at least. A lot of the time, whenever I hear the words “college was the best four years of my life,” it’s from people our parents’ age. Those are the people who tend to talk to me the most about college. I’m not sure a whole lot of my fellow students see it as the “best four years of their life.” This is for a variety of reasons. There are many people I know who... Read More
  • Hello, all! How is your spring break going?  I'm home from my trip to D.C., and I'm watching the snow storm outside, thinking about how excited I am for spring to start, mostly because the weather will be warmer and the flowers will start blooming.  I was lucky enough to see some of the cherry blossom trees that had already started blooming this weekend. I definitely had a lot of fun, and additional highlights of the two days were:  Painting with my sister  Seeing the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence at the National Archives  Seeing works at the... Read More
  •   Here we are, in the middle of the semester. Time flies by so quickly! If you’re like me, odds are you’re starting to feel the stress of school creeping up on you. Homework, internships, not sleeping — it’s all a lot. But there are some easy ways to deal with stress as a college student! 1. Go home If you have the ability to, go home and see your family and close friends! Sometimes, not having those closest to you can stress you out. They can offer you peace when you need it the most. And with spring break coming up, now is the perfect time to reconnect. 2. Go to the... Read More

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