Saturday, July 10, 2010

July 10th: My experience in Varaždin

Posted in Stephanie Parenti |

Varaždin has been such a beautiful and welcoming place!  I have learned so much about Americans from being here and learned a whole new meaning of necessity. I am going to miss the friends I made here so much, but I have built so many friendships that are extremely solid. I even plan on meeting up with one for New Years in Japan!  This experience has taught me that deep down, we are all the same, but the differences we do have are meant to be treasured. I have been deeply inspired by this visit and would recommend anyone to come to Varaždin.

When considering my research on constructed identities, this place has shown me just how much my research stands to be true, but even more so to be rediscovered and shared with the world. We live in a world, and it is too sad that many people will never leave their home-box to come and meet a whole new life.  I want to thank the McNair Scholars Program again, and probably not for the last time, and UCF for getting us here.  All the UCF McNair scholars will walk away from this experience as new people ready to change the world.  I plan on changing so much when I get back home from being more sustainable, to taking more language classes!  Thank you!

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Arrival in Zagreb, Croatia

Posted in Stephanie Parenti |

Today was AWESOME!!! It was so exhausting going through all the travel parts but as soon as we got on the bus to go to our hotel, the whole scenery was beautiful. There were masses of land that had not been developed where wild agriculture grew with the occasional house in the background. We walked through Zagreb and came across a delightful market, took pictures of a great Cathedral with wonderful detail such that I’ve never seen. I think it was relaxing after all the running around.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Scholar Spotlight: Stephanie Parenti

Stephanie Parenti graduated high school in Spring Hill, Florida and received her A.A. from  Valencia Community College. She is currently working on her B.A. in International Relations. Her research interests include constructivist theory, rational-choice theory, and historical analysis. She is currently working under the mentorship of Dr. David Houghton. Her research explores Neocolonialism and alternative development ideas for low-income countries. Stephanie is an officer in Amnesty International, currently working on her Honors in the Major thesis and works at the House of Blues. Her life goal is to receive her Ph.D. and work in diplomacy. She also hopes to give back to the community of science and teach at the university level.

Friday, June 11, 2010

Pre-Trip Expectations: Stephanie Parenti