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Hey ya'll, there are only a few thing you need to know about me; I'm pretty tall, like cars, and am always up for new experiences. 

Its hard to read the itinerary, but on day 4 (Friday June 14, 2013) we are going to the Audi factory which I know is in Stuttgart (the city that I am responsible for blogging about).  I've done a bit of research on the Audi factory, and found some neat things.  Im sure I could bore ya'll to death about audi statistics, facts, engine specifications and history, but ill talk about the actual factory. The entire place takes up the space of more than 300 soccer fields, and attracts more than 400,000 visitors each year.  For those of us who a'rent necessarily car-lovers, there is a customer service center that houses award-winning restaurants, concerts, and even an in-house cinema.  Its a shame that I'll miss out on all those places because I'll be spending too much time and energy gazing at the cars in the assembly lines like a kid in a candy store.  As if I don't already spend enough time around cars, I work next to an Audi and Porsche dealership in Silver Spring.

When the tour of the beloved Audi factory ends around 1:30pm, we make our way to the "picturesque & pedestrian Calwerstrasse."  If you don't know what I'm talking, or don't have google, picture a typical german city with narrow streets and cute little cafes with outdoor add balconies filled with beautiful red tulips lining the 5-6 story buildings that overlook that cute table your sitting at while you sip a cold pint of Reissdorf Kolsch. Alright, thats enough.

After exploring the beautiful town of Calwerstrasse in the lovely city of Stuttgart, we nestle into our beds at the Best Western and await a day of service at JUFA Mohringen (Place). 

Alright ya'll, thats it for my blog posting.  Have a great summer.




Freude am fahrrad

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Hey everyone, my first of many blog posts is finally here!

The Germany/Luxembourg/Belgium travelers group has been excitedly preparing for this trip in every way, shape and form. As for myself, i have not completed packing yet ( there is such a thing as preparing too far in advance) but rather i've done some research for my project, and spent the past two semesters gaining some linguistic and cultural knowledge that should benefit the whole group. 


     You can find just about anything online, from info about Audi on to (soon to be) blogs about it on but many things about the manufacturing phase of a car can't be seen on a tablet or watched driving along 495. Sadly, teleportation has not been invented yet (the folks in the science center suffered bad budget realignment last year), so me and Joe Peacock will be Probes for the rest of the student body, and really anyone with an internet connection interested in the vast engineering of AUDI 
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     I have made a few friends abroad through, a traveler host site, and so i have learned a bit about international travel of which i will enlighten my readers:

1) Bring a Big Camera! - Pictures may be the best thing you can bring back (short of an Audi R8).

2) Don't keep too much cash on you and watch your bag. - Yes these are developed countries and yes, we aren't those naive Americans from the boondocks, however YES, there are pickpockets and gypsy folks who, as i've been told by more than one traveler, are interesting to talk to but may lay a hand on your gucci purse (and then we will have to laugh at you for bringing a $400 purse so just be wise to that tune)

3) Don't talk only to Americans! -I certainly wont! There are many travelers in Europe so if the Germans are too OCD for you, you can also meet friendly globetrotters from Asia, The Middle East, Australia, African states, and potentially even Mars. Get out of your shell for these 10 days. I doubt we will have problems with that because everyone is very open minded in our group.

Anyway i'm not trying to sound bossy and suggest things that you probably already thought of. That's part of our group leaders job! Just kidding!

Id like to point out that our trip advisers, Greg and Joanne, are well experienced world travelers and generally very hip folks. (and i'm not just saying it because they are reading this ;-D)

We are all very stoked up for this one, its gonna be a hot summer this year and we are going to be in the cultural nexus of Europe. I hope everyone is ready, and please email me if you have any great packing ideas (inflatable clothing, antimatter storage devices, or even having mom ship stuff separately) I have a tendency to go ham and be over the limit.

Until next time - Marc out!



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This is Faith and this is my first official blog posting for MC! I am a student scholar for the study abroad program that is going to Germany, Luxembourg, and Belgium this summer! I have only ever been to Canada outside of the United States, so this is going to be so exciting to see some of Europe! Also, I am like 50% German, so it’s going to be cool to see some of the places where my ancestors could have lived! And I mean, experiencing all the food definitely won’t hurt either!

Brussels, the capitol of Belgium, is what I’ve been asked to write about. On our trip we will be spending our last three days in and around Brussels, and we will be doing so many interesting activities! We will be doing such a broad spectrum of things; I can’t wait to just experience all of it! We will be going to see where the entire European Union makes their decision in the Parliament building, which is extremely exciting to someone like me who at one time considered majoring in Political Science (what can I say, I wanted to rule the world!). I think more importantly though, as a lover of food and as a woman, we will be going on a tour of a chocolate factory, and they give out samples at the end! I could never resist free food, especially when it is one of life’s greatest forms which is that of chocolate! YUM! How could you ever resist eating chocolate in Belgium? That’s like not trying pizza in Italy, or pretzels in Germany! It’s a must!

In all seriousness though, I think this trip is going to be an amazing opportunity for everyone who is taking part in it. I have talked to some of the other people, and it is their first time in Europe as well. This trip is giving us a chance to experience things that we might not get to otherwise. I think that is what I want most out of this trip. To get too really see other cultures and take in every moment that I can. I hope to see some amazingly beautiful and historic sites like the Royal Greenhouses, or the Grand Palace at night when it is all lit up. I will be taking so many pictures while I am there, and I will probably post some so everyone can see these beautiful sights as well! 


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Hi all – This is Tatiana writing my first blog for Montgomery College.  I am writing because I am participating in the study abroad program as a student scholar.   I am so excited the we are going to travel to Germany, Luxembourg and Belgium.  It will be great to experience the places and cultures, new adventures, and learning new languages.  There are so many things to see and do, and lots of great food to eat.
I was asked to write about Luxembourg.  We are going to visit there on days 6 and 7 of the trip. Luxembourg is a tiny country at the heart of Western Europe. It is a lively and bustling town; it abounds in venues of artistic expression.  It’s one of the top three richest countries in the world and is home to an office of the EU Parliament.  We will explore artifacts from Medievil times including the Vianden Castle – which looks a little like a Disney castle. We will visit other attractions there, including the grund district, Bock Casements, Bock Promontory and enjoy the Wenzel walk tour.

The next time you will hear from me is when I am in Luxembourg, where I will write more about our program and the many places we visit. 


Au Revoir !

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The time has come. This is my last post to my college blog. 

Don’t be confused; I’m not being sacked lol!

My time at Montgomery College has almost come to an end. I have one more month of summer classes and then I’m done.  It has been quite a journey and I have to say, being a part of Montgomery College is one of the best decisions I have made in my life. I have made some great friends and acquaintances with fellow raptors. I can proudly say that Montgomery College has excellent faculty, which strives for students' success. Regardless of the grades I received, I have a huge amount of respect for all the professors.

Being a part of Montgomery College blogging program has been a very rewarding experience for me as a student. It’s hard to believe I wrote 56 blog posts in 2 years. I thought I was done after the first year until Ms. Homan and Ms. Jane offered me to continue as a blogger for one more year, and I accepted the offer in the blink of an eye. Thank you Ms. Homan and Ms. Jane for having faith in me, and hence, giving me the privilege to become the longest serving college blogger till date. I may not have been as effective in the second year due to the scope-limited nature of college blogs, but I’ve thoroughly enjoyed being a part of it. Thank you readers for your support; I hope my posts were worth your time.

I'd like to wish all the bloggers, readers, professors, college and the community best of luck for the future. I owe a lot to the college and the community, and hopefully I’ll be back someday to serve my college.

I’d like to end this blog with my favorite quote by Martin Luther King Jr: "If I can help somebody as I pass along, if I can cheer somebody with a word or song, if I can show somebody he's traveling wrong, then my living will not be in vain." 

Ciao !




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I just finished writing a five page paper and submitted it online. I’m, now, mentally preparing myself for that last marathon of studying of the semester for my three finals next week (the other four were given this week and last week).

Is it the end for me at MC? I’m not sure. I’ll be transferring my last 200 level credits, completed at UMD, back to MC and then I’ll meet with an advisor to see how to go about getting the official associate’s degree in electrical engineering. That doesn’t necessarily mean I’m done with MC. I may take a class or two in the future and I know I’ll definitely come back and visit some faculty members that I’ve come to know.

Then again, I suppose that it is mostly the end for me at MC after this semester, since most of the people I’ve known since last year will be leaving and transferring onto their four year universities. They’re the ones who have kept me coming back frequently this past school year. Things won’t be the same after this semester.

That’s not a bad thing. I enjoy embracing new beginnings. Within a week, I’ll be fully integrated at UMD and I’ll be able to close this three year chapter at MC. It’s been fun. I learned a lot. And without MC I wouldn’t be where I am today.

I blogged. I laughed. I cried. I danced. I sang. I debated. I studied. I painted. I sculpted. I programmed. I pulled all-nighters. I put together a mini robot. I did an anthropological study of salsa dancing. I planned a talent show. I met fantastic people. I made several friends. I learned to swim! And I was exposed to a level of diversity, which I will never experience anywhere else.

So maybe all I really need to say is this: Thanks MC for the good times and for the great memories, I can leave knowing that I made the best of my time here.

Thanks to all my readers and commenters!

Good luck on finals! Good luck with any and all your future plans!

The Whole

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Ladies and gents, we have arrived. Next week is finals week, and this semester will come to a close.

It's actually a little surreal to me. This will be my fourth time dealing with finals at MC, and it really doesn't feel like it. Four semesters and two years I've been here, yet I swear it doesn't feel like it. I remember walking into my very first class at Montgomery College. It was GD 121 - Fundamentals of Graphic Design taught by professor Nettles. I still see him around sometimes, though I doubt he remembers my name. Lol. That was the beginning of my journey here, and that journey has taken me in directions that I didn't think I'd be headed in. 

"Don't concentrate on the small details in the beginning. Think about the whole." - Tendai Johnson, my figure drawing professor.

In early 2011, I decided that I wasn't completely happy with my life and so I came up with this long term plan to make things better. Montgomery College was roughly one-third part of that plan. Two and half years of MC, followed by a year of work, and then on to UMD. That was my plan. That was the whole. What I was not anticipating was becoming so emotionally invested in Montgomery College. I had not foreseen myself making actual connections with people, students and professors alike. I never expected to be writing a blog for the school website. My face is on the front page for God's sake. Lord knows I didn't see that coming. But these things are all a part of me now. Montgomery College gradually became a significant part of my life. And I'm happy to know that I'll be taking a piece of this place with me as I move forward into the next phase of this plan. 

It's just an odd feeling, knowing that in 7 months, I'll no longer be making daily trips to the Rockville campus. 

I'll be gone.

So maybe it's the end of the semester that has caused me to get back into this mindset of the whole. Maybe it's because I found out that next semester will indeed be my last here at MC, much thanks to Ms. Vaughan. Or maybe it's the fact that I spent last weekend with some UMD students who definitely reenforced my desire to be there. Regardless, I'm excited. I'm ready to tackle the next semester, which I know will definitely be my hardest. I'm ready finish up strong and graduate. I'm ready to depart, knowing that I've left a mark on this college.

As for you all, who have been reading and keeping along during my time here as a blogger, thank you. Thank you for sticking with me and the rest of us who write here. I appreciate it, as I'm sure they do. I don't know if I'll be blogging here again in the Fall. It's really up in the air. But one year blogging has been a heck of a run. 

And in case you don't see me again, it's been a pleasure.

Take care, MC.

~ Jay

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Trying Not to Drown

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Whoops, so I’m posting a bit late.

The fact is, with finals eating at my shoulders, it’s a surprise I remembered that the blog exists.

I just keep telling myself that it’s almost over.  It’s almost over.  Soon Summer I will start, and I won’t have to stress about French verbs until the fall.

I hope.


The fact is, if everything goes to plan, this is my last spring semester at MC.  Hopefully, I will be transferring to UMBC this fall (and if that isn’t yet another reason why I’m going absolutely bonkers…).

At the rate I’m going, someone’s going to need to remind me how to breathe!

At least I have nice scenery – MC Rockville looks positively gorgeous.  All of this rain has worked wonders.  There are flowers everywhere, and everything is so green.

I’m not complaining about the rain.  (Well, except for when it’s freezing and I’ve forgotten an umbrella…)  I’m actually planning.  If it rains during my week-long break between Spring and Summer I, I fully intend to pretend I’m a kid again, and dance in the rain with no shoes on.

Well, maybe…

No musical quote to close, because I’m not sure I could pick one.  Just keep breathing and try not to drown in finals or in the rain!

Summer Fun.

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Time has flown by once again. The semester is almost officially over. Now, its time to round up the semester by surviving finals without burning out. 

Summer is just around the corner. Although, I enjoy the idea of tanning by a pool, getting wrapped up in an amazing book, or just resuming your hobbies, now is the time to start thinking about summer classes or maybe internships. Here a some internships that might appeal to you:

1. Discovery- If you are a media or technological major you might be interested in this! It’s also convenient, the red line will drop you right off in sliver spring, so if you don’t drive this location would work out perfect for you. Again, if you’re looking for more experience within your major take advantage!

2. The National Zoo- This sounds exciting! Especially since you don’t have to be a professional with animals to get involved here. They are actually looking for people in English and journalism. They have a newspaper that covers all the latest news happening at the zoo.  

3. Smithsonian- The great thing about being close to the DC area we are able to have access to their internships! If you are great in any type of history I urge to give this a try! 

Time has flown by and I hope all of you have a great summer! Enjoy because before you know it we’ll be back at it again!

DC Chili Cook Off

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Hi everyone,

I hope you all are doing great. I finally started preparing for the finals. I had a lot of fun last week. I went to DC Chili Cook off, a charity music festival organized every year by DC101. As I am a fan of rock, I thoroughly enjoyed alt-rock bands: Soundgarden and AWOLNATION. Some people seemed annoyed by the fact that there was no chili at a Chili Cookoff, but music was pretty good, and that's all that mattered to me.

Check out two videos I recorded. The first one is "Sail" by Awolnation. You can see crowd surfing, shoes flying. The second one is a song called "Spoonman" by Soundgarden. I could only record a short clip before my phone ran out of battery.

Standing at the Intersection of Art and Engineering

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It turns out that I won’t be finishing my EE degree in the expected four years. To finish I’d have to stay an extra semester. When I realized this around the middle of the semester, I was also feeling a need to get back into the arts. After doing several hours of planning, and meeting with several advisors, I figured out that I can pretty much add another degree in art history and finish within 2 years, given that a) I take four summer courses the next two summers and b) I take about 18 credits of upper level courses for the next four semesters. It’s ambitious and probably a little crazy, but I’ve never felt surer about my studies. It just feels SO right and it’s something that’s gotten me REALLY excited. All the advisors think that I’m in a good position to make it happen and that, yes, it is ambitious, but they’re willing to let my try it.

Lately, I’ve been struggling to find the drive or motivation to do my best work in engineering. In these few weeks of soul searching, you know what I realized? My best semester of college was my first semester at MC. I took 17 credits and got straight A’s. That semester was an experimental one, in that I took, both, a few art courses and a few engineering courses. What’s a bit funny is that I came in to college with this crazy idea of graduating as a triple major in Anthropology, Studio Art, and Engineering. What can I say? I’m an idealist, a visionary and naïve. So, of course, it’s in my nature to come up with crazy things every once in a while. But HEY, that dream of being a triple major may have been what drove me to doing the necessary work to get those straight A’s and having the best academic semester in my entire college career.

Ever since I chose to pursue only art, or to pursue only engineering, things never quite worked out. I never felt that determination to get the A’s, or at least not at the level it was during that first semester. Sure, I’ve taken into consideration the fact that classes got harder. But in my core, I believe that if something truly inspires you, you’ll find the necessary motivation and determination to get the job done and to get it done well.

From the moment I seriously considered doing a double degree in art history and electrical engineering, my motivation and excitement about my engineering courses vastly increased. I have been thinking things like: “I have to convince people that I’m ready to take on this challenge, so that means I have to step up my game and try to get as close to straight A’s as I can,” and “I really NEED a thorough understanding of this engineering material so that I can use it in my studies for art.”

Maybe this bout of inspiration is due to the fact that I’m currently reading Steve Jobs’s biography. There are several mentions of the benefits of being at the intersection of the humanities and the sciences (the blog title is a slight reference to that). Or maybe I simply need to stop doubting myself. As for now, I’m committed to this decision. What’s the real harm in at least trying for a semester? I need to TRY, so that I can sleep comfortably at night. I really hope it works out.

Here’s to hoping.

Have a great weekend everyone!

Summer Plans

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How's it going?, MC?

Last week, I was talking to a friend, and he said something along the lines of "Man, only two weeks left."

Hearing that out loud sounded crazy. I had been so wrapped up in deadlines and getting assignments done that I wasn't exactly counting down the days until the end of the semester. And before I knew it, here we are. Next week is the last week of classes, and then finals. 

So now, I'm hoping and praying that I can do something worthwhile this summer. I've been trying to set some things up this past week in regards to summer opportunities. That meant filling out applications and getting recommendation forms for the positions I'm after. I'm hoping to do one of the following:

An Internship at VisArts in Rockville: Interns will be assisting with exhibition and curatorial projects scheduled for three galleries during the summer. Interns will work directly with the Exhibition Curator and the Exhibition Coordinator to plan, promote, design, and prepare exhibition spaces for upcoming gallery programming. Sounds like an amazing opportunity and it would be awesome way to spend the summer.

A cabin counselor at Camp Letts: Counselors will be directly responsible for the safety and overall care of all campers at Camp Letts. They will create, coordinate, and run cabin activities and lead lessons as assigned. Again, sounds like an awesome way to spend the summer and I'd love to do this.

So I'm crossing my fingers that I'll be able to take part in one of these opportunities. I've been working on my resume like crazy, which I haven't done in a while. Wish me luck?

I hope you all have had an amazing week. Let's finish the semester strong.

~ Jay

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Are you ready?

I’m not so sure if I’m ready for this semester to end. First off preparing for finals gives me great anxiety. I’m not ready for all the papers that need to be due or the projects that need my attention. Other then my whining, what I’m really going to miss is the people I’ve met in each classroom. 

Professor Wakeman-Lin, has taught me a great deal about my writing and story telling skills. In each short story, a character that has developed on a blank sheet a paper, has identified a piece of myself. Her lectures have not only taught me the that skills I’ll need, but she has instantly inspired me to work hard and to go towards my goals. After listening attentively about on how she become a writer, I realized our personalities are very different, but our goals, motivation, and determination are similar. Hearing her stories about meeting with her editor is surreal. The thought of having that someday creates excitement and purpose.

Professor Jimenez, my Spanish professor. Yes, of course she has taught me Spanish, obviously. However, her patience has made the language less intimidating and more effective. I still have a lot to learn and that’s why in the fall I plan to take her again for Spanish 102! She’s easy going and creates a hemisphere of optimism. If anyone is considering to take Spanish, you should defiantly consider taking Jimenez! 

Both of these course have been a struggle for me, but these two professors have made it worth while! Both are also the reasons I’ve experienced unique situations.

Here are the top three things I’ve learned/ experienced this semester:

1. Meeting Margot Livesey: I got to meet a real writer! Not just any writer a Scottish novelist with a thick accent. She spoke openly about her novel “The flight of Gemma Hardy.” She explained how “Jane Eyre” influenced her novel. The high light of her visit was when students where able to ask her questions and ask for advice.

2. Learning to speak Spanish: I have not only learned the Spanish that we speak here in American, but also the Spanish people in Spain use.

3. Trusting my skills: Personality, the most influential of the three was sharing my story with my peers. Through this I learned to take criticize and to of course give it. This prepares me for the outside world to share my stories and to be confidant about it. 

I'm A Mad(wo)man, Don't You Know?

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Wow.  So here we are, in the final stretch.

I can’t believe that the semester is almost over.

As is always the case for me directly before finals, there’s a short (read: very short) lull, and then the pace picks up by a multiple of ten.

So I’m trying not to panic over my French Oral Exam next week, or the Self Defense Tests over the next couple of weeks, or just Finals.

It’s a bit funny for me.  I never used to be so terrified of tests.  But I guess that when I actually have to work at it, and when the tests actually matter, it becomes more difficult to stay blasé. 

To add to my plate, I’m desperately trying to apply for Fall Semester at a four-year college before the deadline (which is May 31st).  Unfortunately, the questions that I have don’t seem to have easy-to-find answers, so I’m actually going to the campus to talk with an admissions advisor on Friday. 

Then, there’s my Weight Training class exam, which I am terribly afraid of failing, (physical education has never been my strong suit,) a group project in my speech class, (my least favorite type of project, though it seems to be going well so far,) and a math exam in less than an hour from now.

Okay, freak-out is over.  The funny thing is, I actually really love this crazy chaos.  I’m going to miss MC this fall.  Good thing there’s still summer semester!

There's a joke and I know it very well
It's one of those that I told you long ago
Take my word I'm a madman don't you know!
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