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MUDEC Méinden Spring 2020 #14
MUDEC Méinden Spring 2020 #14
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Spring 2020 #14-Security Housing Unit Edition

 April 27, 2020

May Day and not Mayday

What a difference a space makes. Or a language. Did you know that the origin of the word Mayday actually comes from the French "m'aider"? It was invented as an international distress call, initiated by repeating it three times in a row, in the early 1920s. At that time, much of the international air traffic was between England and France and the term was easy to remember for everyone. 
As for May Day, this Friday, May 1, is a holiday in most of Europe, now mostly known as Labor Day, although it has very interesting and different origins in most countries. Wikipedia is your friend if you'd like to know more and it is quite a fun read.
Dean Leterre mentioned in a previous year's newsletter that Labor Day is an oxymoron as it is a celebration of Labor by not working. This semester, MUDEC students were working more than ever Beyond the Château Walls, doing internships, Service Learning, or participating in the Luxembourg Digital Innovation (LDI) program. With Study only taking place online and the semester winding down, and Travel suspended at the moment, we will be focusing on the Engage aspect of the MUDEC experience in the Newsletter and you will read about those students' stories in the weeks to come.
  • Luxembourg Digital Innovation (LDI) Internship Profile- Alex Borowitz 
    • MUDEC Internship Profile- Serena Lanum
    • Feed Your Brain Debate- Catherine Wegman 
    • Thank You, Luxembourg-Chapter 5: Travel
    -Odds and Ends
    • Bringing the Brie

    Luxembourg Digital Innovation Profile:

    Meet Alex Borowitz

    Alex Borowitz

    MUDEC senior Alex Borowitz (pictured right) majors in Interactive Media Studies and minors in Communication Design. Borowitz is from Westerville, Ohio.
    1. Tell us a little bit about your internship in Luxembourg: where you interned, the location of your internship, what you did when you were there. Has your internship changed in any way since returning to the United States?
    I was hired as a design intern for Explose— a digital agency in Differdange. I created illustrations, drafted brand identities, and drank a lot of espresso. Although my internship has ended since I've returned to the US, I still keep in touch with my co-workers on Instagram.  

    2. There are two other destinations with the Digital Innovation program: Cinnicinnati, Ohio and Silicon Valley in California. Why did you want to join the new Digital Innovation program in Luxembourg (LDI)?  

    I actually participated in the San Francisco Digital Innovation program last semester. My time there was incredible, and after a month of working in San Francisco, I couldn’t imagine going back to regular classes in the Spring. I had heard about the LDI program while I was in San Francisco, and made the decision to apply.

     3. How did you come to the decision of doing an internship over simply just studying abroad?

    Getting an internship meant that I could escape the classroom setting, and that I could get some more real experience before I graduate.

    4. What have you gotten out of your experience? What has been your favorite part?

    The French Lunch has been one of my favorite things about working at Explose. If you don’t know, It’s tradition in the French culture for all employees to sit down and eat lunch together during the work week. I felt like it helped me break the ice with my colleagues much faster.

    Aside from work, my favorite parts of the program were the weekends I spent in London, Metz, and Brussels with my girlfriend Kati and our great friend Ava. 

    5. What did you learn in your internship? 
    I think the biggest thing was learning how to adapt in a setting where communication isn’t always clear. I had to ask a lot of clarifying questions that often felt embarrassingly redundant, but proved to be necessary. On top of that, I kept accidentally using English idioms that my French-speaking colleagues couldn’t understand. 

    Speaking of idioms—I also learned my new favorite French idiom: Mêle-toi de tes oignons (mind your onions/mind your business.)

    6. What is a fun fact that most people don't know about you? 

    I play drums for a band back in Westerville! We’re hoping to get some gigs once this all blows over.


    MUDEC Internship Profile:

    Meet Serena Lanum

    Serena Lanum

    MUDEC junior Serena Lanum majors in Marketing. Lanum was born in China, but has lived in Columbus, Ohio her entire life.

    1. Tell us a little bit about your internship in Luxembourg: where you interned, where it was locagted, and what you did when you were there. Has your internship changed in any way since returning to the United States?
    This semester I had the opportunity to take on two part-time internships. The first internship I got was MJ Consulting, an independent management consultant Marcin Jasinski) where Jack McCorkle was also working. After getting the job, Marcin and I got right to business on his social media presence and finding him new clients. He has two different accounts and we are trying to grow the following on both accounts (@mj.jasinski and After researching the best platform for him to work on, I could help Marcin apply to new jobs that sounded interesting. This internship was already a remote internship, so not much has changed since I have been home.

    The second internship I have is with LUXWMN and City Savvy, which is based in Differdange. Amanda Roberts is the owner of both companies and recruited me to work with her through one of her other interns. Like MJ Consulting, I also work on the social media accounts for both businesses (@luxwmn and @city_savvy_lux). Macayla Temple, another part-time intern, and I were given the task to create a website for LUXWMN. After working a little under two weeks, the website was ready to launch. If you would like to check it out, visit! This internship was the highlight of my week because of the people I work with, so the transition back home was harder than my other internship. I think that we all played off each other’s energy and now we aren’t in the same room. Amanda, Lucy Greaney (full-time Intern with the Luxembourg Digital Innovation (LDI) program), and I still facetime together to talk about what we are doing and what needs to get done which helps with our motivation.

    2. Why did you want to intern with this company?

    I applied to three internships and ended up getting MJ Consulting. As a marketing major, I don't have as much experience with consulting, so I thought that this would be a great opportunity to gain insights into a new industry. Marcin has been a successful management consultant across Europe, and I wanted to learn from someone who is so dedicated to his work.

    For LUX WMN/City Savvy, I got this through one of my friends who is in the LDI program rather than applying. I was meeting up with her and her boss was there. Amanda offered me a position on the spot and I couldn't resist because it was the perfect internship for me. After meeting with Amanda, I could tell how ambitious she is with her future projects. This position has allowed me to dip my toes into so many different opportunities whether it is creating a website or trying to make a podcast.
    Both companies are entrepreneurial and have given me the opportunity to work with their social media platforms in addition to giving me other tasks.

     3. Why did you want to intern while abroad?

    When coming to study abroad, I didn't know that an independent study was an option until I talked to someone else who was doing one. I think that this is a great opportunity for students who are not in the LDI program to get real life experience with a company and practice their skills that they have developed in the classroom. LDI is a fantastic program to offer, but since that is not my major I was unable to do a full-time internship. I want to move to Europe after I graduate to work in the business industry and these internships confirmed my desire to still move. I love staying busy and this semester both internships allowed me to do so. It is a lot of work, but I think it is all worth it.

    4. What are you most excited for in your internship?

    Both internships have allowed me to grow my network and build relationships with Amanda and Marcin. I am interested in seeing the follower growth on all four business accounts. I loved going into the office each week with Amanda and wish that I still could go in. I am most excited to continue building those relationships, both personally and professionally.

    5. Why did you choose to study abroad with MUDEC and what are you looking forward to now that you are back in the U.S.?
    I knew that I always wanted to study abroad, I just didn’t know where and when. The MUDEC program fit into my schedule perfectly. I didn’t want to worry about transferring credits and knew that MUDEC was a branch campus of Miami that was well organized. I also knew a few people who completed the MUDEC program and absolutely loved it. I love exploring and thought that this program would allow me to focus on school and still be able to travel with ease. Since being home, I have been able to cook differently almost every night! I also can spend more time with my family.

    6. What is a fun fact that most people don't know about you? 

    My favorite font is Shree Devanagari 714 and I am a certified scuba diver.

    Feed Your Brain Debate:

    Meet Catherine Wegman

    Catherine Wegman

    Every semester, MUDEC faces off with the University of Luxembourg in a debate called "Feed Your Brain." This semester's debate topic was "Should We Exploit our Space Resources?" Since life has taken an unexpected turn due to the pandemic, the debate was cancelled and the participants have instead been focusing on researching her topic. Meet Catherine Wegman, as she shares her experience. 

    It’s really disappointing that the debate isn’t going to happen. We (Briana, Santiago, and I) had been talking about how cool it would be and hoped to be the “dream team” since the beginning of the semester! Now the format has been switched entirely, and we sadly won’t have the opportunity to represent and win it for Miami and the U.S. That being said, it was still such an honor to be picked for the experience, and I don’t regret sticking to it. Instead of doing a full debate, Dean Leterre and I agreed I could write an argumentative essay and record a video of myself debating either the negative or affirmative side; the topic is going to remain the same as it originally was. It’ll be great practice for research writing! I definitely miss the fun of being with my friends and competing together, though. It’s a bummer (as everything in this situation is), but I’m still hoping to get the best out of it!

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    Thank You, Luxembourg-Chapter 5:


    Over the coming weeks, we are going to serialize excerpts from each chapter of the Thank You, Luxembourg 50th Anniversary Book.
    Study Tour to the Soviet Union 1976
    Study Tour to the Soviet Union 1976
    "Study tours are educational, week-long tours that students take with their class. They are led by the professor and aim to provide a hands-on educational and cultural experience to build on what students learn in class. These tours also give the students an opportunity to form closer relationships with their classmates and the professor. Prior to the addition of study tours in 1980, students still had the chance to travel with programs organized by their professors. One of the most popular of these programs was the trips to Moscow, which occurred during the Cold War. Classes have also taken tours to Germany and Italy to discover music and visit locations of famous composers; to Slovenia and Bosnia and Herzegovina
    to learn about the breakup of Yugoslavia; to Prague and Budapest to discover the local history, and to many other locations around Europe."

    "Discovery tours are optional field trips that provide students the opportunity to get off the beaten path and explore local gems. They take place on Fridays, leaving the rest of the weekend open to the student. Because they are funded by MUDEC alumni, tours are mostly—if not completely—free to students, providing a unique educational opportunity at no extra cost. The purpose of these tours is to explore nearby regions and take students on adventures that are not easily accessible through public transportation."
    MUDEC students
    MUDEC students "discovering" chocolates
    Odds and Ends

    The Corona Column: Brie with Briot 

    Welcome to the Corona Column, the section of the MUDEC Méinden that features students' independent travel throughout the semester. This week, we will be traveling to various basements, homes and quarantined places around the globe because of, well, Corona.
    A mainstay in the MUDEC calendar is Professor Briot's Brie with Briot cheesetasting event. MUDEC students would normally be sitting in the Grand Hall this Wednesday learning about a variety of delectable cheeses, engaging with the history of cheese and most importantly, tasting cheese. Seeing as we are all at home, we decided to bring the Brie, and other chesses, to you! Join us in our home cheese-tastings from around the world.
    Alex King enjoying some Colby cheese
     Alex King enjoying some classic Colby Jack.
    Catherine Wegman rocking the Brie
    Catherine Wegman rocking the beloved Brie.
    Kayla Jones
     Kayla Jones delighting in some marvelous Mozzarella.
    Andy Adams with two cheddars
    Andy Adams with hands full of cheddar.
    Birthdays This Week 
    Have a Corona-tastic birthday! Wishing you all a healthy year ahead!
    Daphne Benson-DuMaurier (Monday April 27)
    Anthony Raffin (Monday April 27)
    McKenna Shaffer (Monday April 27)
    Maddie Weitz (Thursday April 30)
    Bri Cowman (Sunday May 3)
    Annabel Lane (Sunday May 3)
    McKenna Shaffer
    McKenna Shaffer
    Maddie Weitz
    Maddie Weitz
    This Week's Schedule

    Monday-Thursday: Online Classes

    FridayMay Day
    Château & Administrative Hours
    Aerial view of the Château de Differdange, where Miami's Luxembourg campus, the John E. Dolibois European Center, often abbreviated to MUDEC, is located

    Administrative Hours

    Monday-Thursday: 8:00-12:00

    Friday: Closed for May Day

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