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Meet the MatadorU Student of the Month: Ana Lenz

ONCE A MONTH, MatadorU faculty members get together to spotlight one standout student from a pool of faculty- and student-nominated weekly selections.MatadorU Travel Writing and Travel Photography student Ana Lenz was selected as our very first Student of the Month for 2014. We sat down with her recently to learn more about about her experience taking both the Writing and the Photography courses concurrently, and the unique set of challenges she faces as a student for whom English isn’t her native language.
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An island underwater: Bahamas Hero Dubstep

Dean of Education for MatadorU Josh Johnson spends a weekend in the Bahamas in, on, and underwater.Outside the window of the plane the turquoise expanse was wrinkled with waves, a wimpled sea of tiny whitecaps. The plane descended on a thin slice of land (Eleuthera Island) in the midst of this massive blue.
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11 pristine photos of Whitehaven Beach, Australia

11 pristine photos of Whitehaven Beach, Australia - Our SiteWhitehaven Beach is best known for its fine white sands and clear blue waters — together, they create some of the most sought-after beach scenes on the planet.Not only that, but they combine to make Whitehaven Beach one of the most photographed beaches in Australia.
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Valentine’s Day in Paris, for cynics

I did not come to Paris for love; I came here for a TEFL certificate.When I realized that Valentine’s Day coincided with my course, it hit me in the same way water droplets from air conditioners do when you walk down a busy urban street in the hottest of summer — gentle, and sordid. How nice, to be in this romantic city on this romantic day with Nat King Cole cooing “I Love Paris” in your head…but doing it alone is kind of like realizing that cool, refreshing splash of water is filled with bacteria.
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How awkward pet photos brought my family closer

I’ve been home three times since moving abroad five years ago. The first two times were for weddings, but in January Mom had a health scare, and a few days later I was on a plane bound for North Carolina from Germany. That feeling of ‘not being there in times of need’ is, undoubtedly, one of the downsides of expat life.
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How to piss off a Colombian

Spell it wrong.There’s a difference between “Colombia” and “Columbia.” I did not live inside of a brand-name sports jacket, I lived in South America. It is an insult to all Colombians to have a ʻuʼ instead of an ʻo.ʼ One Colombian friend sent an angry letter to a French consulate asking that their website link to “Columbia” be changed.
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