Trip to Israel

Hey guys!

My name is Ana, and I am a senior Anthropology major, Latin American Studies minor from Evergreen, Colorado. I was born in Cusco, Peru and adopted when I was a baby from my family in Colorado. I received the amazing opportunity to attend Colorado College and I was so excited to go but I never imagined the different experiences that would be available to me throughout my four years.

I chose to go to Menorca, Spain on an archaeological dig for 7th block my junior year. It was an incredible experience being able to help excavate a Roman City. It was different having to go back to a classroom setting after having the Menorca coastline as my classroom every day. Even though I wasn’t in beautiful Menorca, my CC class went on several excursions, and we got some good hands on learning during that block.


Having gone to Spain my junior year, I didn’t think that I would get another chance to go abroad again, but I did! My family decided to go to Israel, led by my Rabbi for ten days with other people from my temple. They really wanted me to go, especially since it would probably be a long time before we could take a trip as a family. I talked to my advisor to see if I could create an independent study out of my trip to Israel, since the majority of the trip would be spent visiting archaeological sites. He was very supportive of my situation and wanted to help me to make my trip into an independent study.

When I finally did travel to Israel – I had the most amazing experience! I spent two days in Tel Aviv, three days in the Negev Desert and 5 days in Jerusalem.


Not only was the food fantastic but the different archaeological sites were incredibly beautiful and interesting. I got a chance to float in the Dead Sea, visit the Western Wall, and see the Dead Sea Scrolls.


My hands on experience in Spain really enhanced my visit to all of the archaeological and historical sites that we visited in Israel. I was able to apply what I had learned in Spain and the different anthropology classes at CC to the different sites in Israel – a place that I had never visited before. This trip showed me that I would be able to use what I have learned at CC to the outside world for the rest of my life!



If you guys have any questions about my study abroad experiences, leave a comment and I’ll get back to you!

Happy Spring,


Springtime in China

Hey guys!

For a quick recap, I’ve been studying abroad in China for this semester. For my program, I have been on the block plan still, just doing it abroad. For Blocks 5&6, I was in Chinese Language and then Chinese History, and after sixth block, we went on Spring Break as a whole class. We first spent two days in Hong Kong, and then headed to Bangkok and stayed for three nights. In Hong Kong, we went up the Victoria Peak by a sightseeing train and found a nice view of almost the entire city there.


Another exciting thing for me was that we went to the Hong Kong Disneyland. It was my first time going to a Disneyland, and: It. Was. AMAZING.


It was extremely hot and humid in Bangkok, making it very difficult to go out and see the city so we decided to spend the majority of our time in the hotel pool. We did end up doing a few touristy things, such as going to temples (we saw the biggest reclining Buddha), and going to night markets. We all ended our Spring Break with many pieces of Thai style clothing.


Seventh block was an Art History block and we learned about art from the Neolithic period all the way to the late Yuan dynasty. In order to help us understand this concept better, we took a trip to Hangzhou, which served as the capital of the Southern Song dynasty. It is also home to the one of the best art schools in China: China Academy of Art. Not only did we sit in on a lecture given by one of its Chinese painting professors, we were also able to see one of his own paintings. He was also kind enough to give us a demonstration of classical Chinese style painting. He drew orchids, bamboo, plum blossoms and chrysanthemum flowers for us; all four things symbolize an aspect of Chinese culture and certain characteristics valued by the literati.




After that, we spent some time watching how tea leaves were picked, and spent some quality time at one of the most famous scenery and tourist spots: the West Lake. It was truly every bit as beautiful as people describe it to be.


(Tealeaves being picked)

I’ve had a wonderful time so far, and can’t believe I am already on my very last block in Shanghai. I hope this last block will be as eventful as the previous ones, and I will keep you guys updated on more of my adventures!

Stay awesome!

Star Zhang


Studying in China!

Hey guys!

This semester I studied abroad in Shanghai, China and am currently in my last block. While I am abroad for a semester, I’m still studying on the block plan–it just really depends which program you choose. I still can’t really believe it’s gone by this quickly and I’ll try to recap my adventures here to share with you.

Fifth block was Chinese language, which for me, meant an independent study working on my own translations. I am currently in the process of translating the book “Life of Pi” from English into Chinese, and being in a Chinese speaking environment helped me tremendously with this project. As a class, we took a class field trip to Wuzhen and Shaoxing. Wuzhen is a quaint Chinese water town, with traditional buildings and traditional people. We lived in some motels run by locals, and enjoyed our time exploring.


In Shaoxing, we visited the home of the famous writer, Lu Xun, and the Lan Pavilion, which was attributed to be the inspiration of one of the greatest calligraphy pieces in Chinese history written by Wang Xizhi. It was beautiful, although it was snowing. We saw some geese in the pavilion, which interestingly enough, was said to be Wang Xizhi’s favorite animal.


Sixth block was a Chinese history course. However, since we were in Shanghai, the course focused mainly on the regional history of Shanghai and its path to the city it is today. We mainly focused on contemporary history, and took another class trip to the cities of Nanjing and Suzhou. In Nanjing, we visited the Nanjing Massacre Memorial Hall. This was erected to commemorate the victims from WWII, which was a time period we were focusing on. Since Suzhou was famous for its traditional gardens, we visited many of them and completed group projects regarding different aesthetic elements within the gardens. I did mine on windows, doors and wall patterns.


My next post will be about my Spring Break adventures and Block 7, which was an Art History course!

Stay awesome and more to come soon!


Open House: Part 1

Each year, CC hosts an Open House for admitted students to come and explore our campus. We offer two Open Houses this year—one last weekend and one this weekend. Open House is a chance for students to basically get a survey of all CC has to offer—we have panels, acapella, and most importantly, donuts. I remember as a high school senior going to Open Houses and being totally overwhelmed with information from all the events I had to attend. It was actually very stressful instead of a time to celebrate successfully getting into college! The best thing about our Open House, to me, is that we try very hard to make it fun for students. We want all of the admitted students to learn about our awesome school and campus, but it’s also important that the everyone gets to experience, at least for a night, what going to CC would be like.

This year, we had a record number of visitors to attend our Open House. It was so much fun to be apart of it all. My favorite part of the weekend was getting to sit down and share a meal with our admitted students and their families. Last weekend, professor Tom Cronin and President Jill Tiefenthaler spoke to us over dinner and lunch, respectively. Even though the speeches were meant to enthrall the students and families, I was so inspired by them! I wanted to send in my deposit and reenroll again. It just made me realize how unique going to school at CC is and how it could never be replicated anywhere else.
Even though Open House was jam packed with a number of activities, I wanted to share with you all some of my favorites, and especially those that are entirely unique to CC:

1. On Friday morning, you’ll wake up, greet your over night host good morning, and attend a class visit! What makes this different than any other Open House weekend, you ask? Well, unlike any other place, you’ll get to sit through a three hour long class. This will be your introduction to what the Block Plan is really like!

2. Definitely Midnight Rastall. If you come to Open House, you’ll be treated to a favorite CC tradition: midnight breakfast. We all know breakfast is the best time of the day, so why not have it at midnight? Tips: 1. get more tator tots because you will inevitably go back for more; 2. make sure you pass Officer Jason to hear him say, “Donut from a cop!?”

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3. Karaoke! This year we planted a stage in the middle of Worner Student Center, and gave people some mics. This resulted in some very entertaining Taylor Swift sing alongs (my favorite).

4. Salsa dancing. I visited my share of schools, and none of them had salsa dancing. It was so great to see everyone join in!

5. Beekeeping club at the Campus Activities Fair. This may be a little bias because they’re my friends, but I didn’t even know about Beekeeping club. Where else could you pursue becoming a bee keeper?
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6. Senior fiction reading. The senior English fiction majors had their reading during last week’s Open House, and I was reminded of the sheer talent at this school.

7. A cappella. We have three different a cappella groups: all male, all female, and a mixed one. And they’re all great!

8. Early yoga. There was a yoga class for early risers! There’s no better way to start out the day then with the greatest view of Pikes Peak on campus (at the fitness center).

9. I asked my fellow Admissions Fellows what their favorite part of Open House was, and this was by far my favorite reply: “Seeing all of their dazed and confused and horrified and enthused faces at the airport.” – Heather Ezell ’14.

10. Meeting everyone! Even though Open House is a reminder that I won’t be around to see and meet the next class of CC students, I was consoled by the fact that every student I met was awesome. CC is in great hands.     photo 2 (1)


Hej from København!

Hej Guys!

Sorry I haven’t b1932426_10203130050843248_349726816_neen around here in so long. Things have been hectic abroad but I’m excited to share some of my experiences with you. 

So, last month I made my way to Copenhagen, Denmark. Many people asked me why I chose to study abroad when I’m already abroad. I just said, “why not? The opportunity is there, so I’m going to take it.” I chose to study abroad in Copenhagen because I’d never seen this part of Europe before and wanted an opportunity to learn a little more about its culture since we never hear much about it when people talk about Europe and so far I haven’t regretted my decision!

I am studying through the Danish Institute for Study Abroad (DIS), and am enrolled in the International Business Program and am doing some economics courses as well as a Danish Culture & Language class! I am living with a host family south of the city and everyday I have a daily commute of about 40mins, which involves a lot of walking and train riding.

These past six weeks have been great fun! I have met some really cool people from other universities in the States and have encountered some very nice Danish people. During my 2nd week, I went on a little trip with my international business class and visited some of Denmark’s famous companies. My highlight by far was visiting the ORIGINAL LEGO Factory! We got tosee the production of LEDSC07768GO’s and got to take a little piece back with us. Next week, we’re off to Riga, Latvia to see how they’ve adapted to the business environment since joining the EU!

My classes are interesting! It has been difficult adjusting to the semester plan from the block plan. I am not used to having gaps between classes or having short classes. I do miss the three-hour classes and ability to discuss articles in more depth. Despite missing this, I am enjoying learning on the semester plan.

That’s all for now folks!

Vi ses! (See you – in Danish)