Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Kiah Zellner-Smith '14 wins 2013 Blogger of the Year award from IES Abroad!

Kiah Zellner-Smith ('14) won the 2013 Blogger of the Year award from the Institute of Educational Sciences (IES) Abroad!

Kiah was one of the first participants in the IES Brazil Program that took place in Rio de Janeiro in Spring 2013. She was selected as a video blogger out of the pool of 75 talented writers, photographers and videographers. 

"Kiah surpassed our expectations with her beautifully filmed, dynamic videos that offer prospective students an inside look at her academic experiences, housing, field trips, and more. In addition, she posted photographs and compelling written accounts of her time in Rio. It was clear that Kiah fully embraced Brazilian culture and made the most of her experience abroad"

Kiah described her final post as “something that pushed me to my limits, brought me to my knees, made me question everything I thought to be true about myself—but also reminded me that I was alive and living, strong, spirited and more adaptable than I had thought.”"  - IES Abroad

Here are excerpts and videos from the blog she kept during her semester abroad. All can be viewed here

4/18/13 - The First of the Field Studies

This is a short video documenting the first of several field studies that are included in each Rio de Janeiro IES course. I appreciated the chance to learn outside of the classroom and to venture around the city, discovering the niches and crannies that house all the historical landmarks I tend to overlook on my way to class.

5/28/13 - Samba Week in Music Class

The first week of May was Samba week in our IES Music & Society class. We discussed the history of Samba, learned when the different forms of Samba emerged, got a chance to try out traditional Samba instruments and took a trip to Pedra do Sal where we ate fejoada and intermingled with the diverse crowd of Samba appreciantes. Samba is everywhere in Rio. Everyone can do it, and everyone does it in their own way. I was entranced from the first moment I witnessed it at the Sambodromo during our Orientation week and I’m still obsessed with it 3 months later. I have 21 days left in Rio de Janeiro and still haven’t perfected the dance. I might try and catch a Samba class next weekend because it’s entirely unacceptable to leave this city without knowing their favorite dance! Ahhh, wish me luck on one of my last goals for the semester!

6/14/13 - Rio My Sparking City

Stunning night time views I captured of Rio de Janeiro from the top of Pão de Açúcar.


Excerpt from the Vagabond Scholar

The Vagabond Scholar provides a space for Macalester College students to discuss issues related to off-campus study. Students can share reflections, questions, resources, struggles,etc. This blog will also serve as a forum to highlight ideas for integrating the off-campus study experience into campus life and beyond.