Living in University City

Hi everyone! Spring is usually a hectic semester for IEDPers and I am not the exception. This semester has been super busy due to the fact that I am taking four courses (one of which is our capstone class) and I am working/volunteering around twenty hours a week. These commitments have limited the time I have to write my own blog posts, but I am happy … Continue reading Living in University City

Across the Atlantic: Tips from my move

Just a couple of months ago I made the move from the four walls of my parent’s home in Pune, India, to being within the four walls of the unit I share with my classmates in Philadelphia, PA. Why I chose to move countries this Spring despite another virtual semester still perplexes my parents. But as some of you reading this would understand, pandemic or not, I’d rather be as close … Continue reading Across the Atlantic: Tips from my move

New semester, new city

Hi everyone! It’s been a while since the last post. At the end of last year, I decided to stick with my plan to move to Philly for the spring semester even though classes are still virtual, so…I am writing this post from my new studio apartment, located less than a mile from the Penn campus! So far, I love Philly, even though it is … Continue reading New semester, new city

Learning from Russia with Anastasia

Anastasia’s current location: Moscow, Russia Time zone: 7 hours ahead of Philly I tell everyone that I’m in Moscow right now, but this is actually not true — I’m a two-and-a-half-hour drive from Moscow, in the Tver region, at my countryside house, where I have been since the quarantine started in March. I feel like I’m extremely lucky to be here, as it allows me … Continue reading Learning from Russia with Anastasia

Grabbing dinner between classes with Aanchal

Aanchal’s current location: Siliguri, West Bengal, India Time Zone: 9.5 hours ahead of Philadelphia Managing work and classes in different time zones seems to be interesting and taxing at the same time. Having been a teacher for the past few years in a boarding school where I used to eat breakfast with my students everyday at 7:00am, it feels a little weird to start school … Continue reading Grabbing dinner between classes with Aanchal

Reflecting on the first month of classes…

Hi all. I cannot believe September has come to an end, which means I have completed my first month in the IEDP! As we say in Spanish: ¡Guau! I decided to only take 3 courses this semester (two core* classes and a quantitative elective) due to two reasons. First, I wanted to learn about the different focus areas within the educational development field through the … Continue reading Reflecting on the first month of classes…

First week of remote learning!

My current location: Houston, Texas. As I mentioned in my first blog, I received my acceptance to IEDP in December of 2019! I was really relieved that I had a lot of time to prepare for the big move to Philadelphia. I was going to have eight months to look for a nice, affordable apartment, cool roommates, and a llama bedding set. Those were my … Continue reading First week of remote learning!