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2014-15 BASAA Scholarship Recipient – Melanie Griffin-Michael

MGMichaelHello! My name is Mellanie, and I am a third year psychology student at Lesley University.  Lesley’s campus is in Cambridge near Boston, MA but I am located in Atlanta, GA.  What a commute, right?? Actually, I am an adult student in the online bachelor’s program.  I’m also the mother of two “traditional-aged” college students, and when I’m not studying, or working as the receptionist at a user experience research firm, I am likely to be found listening to music, spending time with friends, practicing my Russian or some combination of the same.

I’m planning to travel to Orebro University in Sweden as an exchange student for the fall semester.  In addition to taking psychology and Swedish social policy courses, I will also be learning the Swedish language. Additionally, I plan to visit St Petersburg and try out my Russian skills, and to work with a local women’s or children’s charity during my six months abroad.

As a non-traditional student, the idea of simply returning to school to pursue my dream of becoming a psychologist seemed so large and almost insurmountable when I started this journey.  Now, I am not only looking at the finish line on my bachelor’s degree, but also at being the first adult online student from my school to participate in the exchange program.  Not to mention traveling outside of the U.S. for the first time in my life.  It’s exciting, humbling, and a little scary…but I’m ready.

Adjö för nu  (“Goodbye for now” in Swedish)!

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BASAA Summer Social, Tuesday August 12

Photo Aug 22, 6 10 06 PMBoston Beer Works
61 Brookline Ave, Boston, MA
6:00 – 8:00 PM
Chips and salsa will be provided.

Don’t miss this end-of-summer social event!  Mix and mingle with fellow BASAA members and reflect on the past year with an eye to the future.  The BASAA Summer Social is an opportunity to network and hear announcements from Boston area study abroad community.

2015 New England Study Abroad Returnee Conference Planning Meeting, Tuesday August 12

Photo Aug 22, 5 09 02 PMBoston Beer Works
61 Brookline Ave, Boston, MA
5:00 – 6:00 PM

Join last year’s returnee conference chairs Emily Besen, Lindsey Hery and Lorien Romito an hour before the BASAA Summer Social for the inaugural planning meeting for the 2015 New England Study Abroad Returnee Conference (NERC).  All those interested are welcome get involved in this great conference for New England-area education abroad returnees.  Volunteers are needed for everything from leadership and planning to day-of logistics and presenting.  This conference is not only an excellent opportunity for our students but is also a great professional development and networking opportunity for education abroad professionals.  If you cannot attend the meeting but are interested in volunteering please submit your information below so the NERC chairs can inform you of future planning events and ways to get involved.