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Young, Gifted and Abroad


"Perspectives on studying abroad from past and present students of color." A bi-weekly interview podcast created and hosted by Danielle G., a former student herself.

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Ep. 88 │ From Richmond to Reclamancipation (QATAR)

Nov 9 • 01:43:32
In the final episode of 2021, Nia Alexander (Virginia Commonwealth University/VCUarts Qatar alum) shares about studying art in multiple countries, including earning her MFA in Qatar. See y'all in January 2022!

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Nia's IG: @blkgirlsabroad

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Ep. 87 │ Make Yourself Inquisitive (SENEGAL/MOROCCO)

Oct 26 • 01:45:33
Genie Dawkins (University of Maryland alum) recounts the three-week student exchange trip she went on to Senegal and Morocco when she was in high school, in addition to traveling with her family as an adult.

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Genie's IG: @theparentingcipher

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Ep. 86 │ Dramamatsu (HAMAMATSU/TOKYO)

Oct 12 • 01:29:12
Farrah Hasnain (George Washington University alum/International Christian University student) shares about how teaching English in Hamamatsu led to her becoming a writer, researcher, and grad student in Tokyo.

Farrah's Twitter/IG: @farrahakase

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Ep. 85 │ Blame Bleresa Blay (SCOTLAND/GERMANY)

Sep 28 • 01:40:38
Tendiso Mashonganyika (Edinburgh Napier University/Philipps University of Marburg alum) shares about moving to Edinburgh and Frankfurt for undergrad, and finding her place after moving to Marburg for grad school.

Tendiso's IG: @misstendie
Tendiso's TikTok: @mueradolphin

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Ep. 84 │ For Homesick Girls/When the Writing Is Enuf (LONDON)

Sep 14 • 01:07:24
Brittany J. Thurman (Kingston University London/Carnegie Mellon University alum) discusses studying theatre in London, and how that led her to becoming an author of children's literature.

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Brittany's Twitter: @janeebrittany

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Ep. 83 │ Painting the Picture for Folks (BROWNSVILLE ABROAD)

Sep 1 • 01:41:34
Bijoun Eric Jordan (New York University alum) discusses doing a gap year in Spain, and taking high school students on educational trips to Spain, Japan, and South Africa through his initiative called Brownsville Abroad.

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Brownsville Abroad's IG: @fdavii_ic
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Ep. 82 │ Romance Reads & the City of Gold (AREZZO)

Aug 17 • 01:08:46
Jessica Pryde (Washington University in St. Louis alum) shares about studying Italian in the Tuscan city of Arezzo, and also explains why romance novels have something for everyone.

Jessica's Twitter: @jessisreading
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Ep. 81 │ The K-pop, the Cha, & Her Wardrobe (SOUTH KOREA)

Aug 3 • 01:40:36
April Jackson (Art Institutes International alum), former host of Jinjja Cha Podcast, dishes about teaching English in South Korea for two years and then returning to study Korean in Seoul.

April's IG/Twitter/TikTok: @april_jay88
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Freely, Without Fear (3RD ANNIVERSARY!)

Jun 19 • 44:57
Juneteenth has come around again, which means it's also time to celebrate 3 years of Young, Gifted and Abroad! Join Danielle as she reflects, shares guest responses to two very important questions, plays this podcast's trailer, imparts a lesson she's learned, and offers surprising film/book recommendations!

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Ep. 80 │ Be Where You Go (MAASTRICHT)

May 18 • 01:42:43
This is our 80th episode! In it, Jazmin Bjorlie (Grand Valley State University alum) discusses how studying education in the Netherlands opened up her world and changed her career plans.

Jazmin's IG: @jazbjorlie

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