Last summer, I spent one month in Germany completing my Teaching English as a Second Language certificate through Kent State. During my practicum, I taught English to ninth grade German students and was very surprised at how fluent they already were at such a young age. The only foreign language that I learned in elementary   Read More …

During my trip abroad I planned to focus my time on my research, which is focused on Hillary Clinton’s role in American politics. What I did not know is that Hillary Clinton played such a significant role in the transition of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty to its new headquarters located in Prague. During my trip to Prague I understood   Read More …

To understand the logic and reason behind graffiti’s gain  in popularity is relatively quiet complicated. To some, graffiti is simply about getting ones’ name out on the streets.  Writers with this mentality are mainly concerned with fame and not  artistic expression (Kramer, 2010). Tags are the most common form of graffiti writing.  Tags can be found   Read More …

When I changed majors two weeks into my freshman year at Kent State, almost everyone asked why I went from magazine journalism to electronic media management. It wasn’t that they didn’t understand print was something I had lost interest in doing for the rest of my life; almost every person just didn’t understand what media   Read More …

This week I visited the Memorial to the Victims of Communism, located at the bottom of Petřín hill, Újezd Street in the Malá Strana.  The elemental design pieces that created this memorial are quite eye-catching, but yet have an appearance that is sad, mournful, depressing and obviously meaningful. While in the city of Prague, I   Read More …

It’s funny to think that the same website typically used for posting videos of sneezing pandas and auto-tuned newscasts also has the ability to incite a 50,000-person protest. As you read this on your internet-accessible computer (or smart phone or tablet), I hope you realize what you have in front of you. Just one new   Read More …

After spending the weeks before I left for Prague reading historical texts and brushing up on Czech culture, I was surprised to find myself in awe of the statues and memorials that can be found around nearly every corner. From the Jan Hus Monument to the Memorial of the Victims to Communism, it is apparent   Read More …

Before flying to Prague, I went to my local bank to exchange currency. I had to explain several times that “Czech crowns”, or koruna in Czech, were the currency in Prague. The bank teller was much more familiar with euros and nearly gave me the wrong bills! If you have ever travelled through Europe, you may wonder   Read More …

After officially being in Prague for a week, I have walked to many different tourist attractions all across the city. On Thursday night, I decided to venture off into a park right along the Vltava river. Wandering curiously along the river, I had no idea what I might stumble upon. As I was walking I came   Read More …

As I walk the Havelske trziste (Havel’s market), my mind fills with lists and categories and numbers.  I am on a mission, a mission for the perfect souvenirs. I have been given a wonderful opportunity to experience Prague and all its beauty, the least I can do is try to bring some home. The word   Read More …

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