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MUDEC Méinden School's Out and Farewell Edition
MUDEC Méinden School's Out and Farewell Edition
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Spring 2020 #17- School's Out and Farewell Edition

 May 18, 2020

My Äddi, for Now

Kayla Jones
With flowers blooming, air warming, lawnmowers starting, the familiar sounds of summer making its arrival begin, which also signals the end of this spring semester. It has been a delight to be the Junior Editor for the MUDEC Méinden, even more cherished and unforgettable for becoming a part of the 2020 Spring MUDEC family with all of you. Although this journey has not been what we expected, it seems that is the way all great journeys unfold, with the unexpected: 

“Sometimes the most scenic roads in life are the detours you didn't mean to take.” ~Angela N. Blount. 
We have seen some beautiful roads: some that led to new friends, new countries and unforgettable memories. Not that I am biased or anything, but the Spring Class of 2020 is especially lit and the best MUDEC class, ever. You all are resilient, memorable and hold a special “Moien” in my heart. From exploding mini-Fukushima on the Château ceiling to missing forks and spoons to hand injuries to Fake Walmart to yeeting from shady men in Germany to calling Luxembourgish cheese, cupcakes and making a forever family. 

I was never even going to go to Luxembourg, it was not in my four-year plan, but I am so glad that I did. That I did the unexpected. Thank you for joining in every week, being a part of this experience and continuing our journey even though we are not together in Luxembourg anymore. Just as summer is coming and spring is going away for a nap, this is my äddi, until the seasons and tides turn again. 

“Being positive reckons the unexpected.” ~Toba Beta. 
Moving on the only thing we can do about our journey being unexpectedly cut short is to reckon the hell out of it by being positive. Excitedly awaiting to see you all soon.

Your Junior Editor,
Kayla Jones
  • Marketing Professor Daniel Tesch appointed Director of ULESS
  • Luxembourg Digital Innovation (LDI) Internship Profile- Amanda Parmo
    • Service Learning Experience-International School and Social Pantry
    • Superlatives
    • MUDEC Spring 2020

    Daniel Tesch appointed Director of ULESS

    Congratulations to MUDEC Marketing Professor Daniel Tesch, whio has been appointed as the new Director of the ULESS – Union Luxembourgeoise de l'Economie Sociale et Solidaire. You can read a report in English about his appointment here: Daniel Tesch Appointed Director of ULESS.

    Luxembourg Digital Innovation Profile:

    Meet Amanda Parmo

    Amanda Parmo

    MUDEC junior Amanda Parmo majors in Interactive Media Studies and triple minors in Marketing, Photography, and Digital Innovation. Parmo is from Columbus, 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, and if you were able to continue your internship since returning to the United States?
    I interned at the Concept Factory, which is a full-service digital agency located in Luxembourg City. I worked alongside the social media team and helped plan, create copy, and schedule social posts as well as explore and report social analytics for clients. Upon returning to the United States I started working for Sophisticated Living Magazine Columbus as their Communication Strategy Intern. Taking on this position felt as if I was taking on a client since I manage the entirety of their social media channels.
    2. There are two other destinations with the Digital Innovation program: Cincinnati, Ohio and Silicon Valley in California. Why did you want to join the new Digital Innovation program in Luxembourg (LDI)? 
    I actually was committed to the Cincinnati program until mid-October. As soon as they released the Luxembourg location I knew I had to switch, it was the perfect way to study abroad and do this incredible program all in one.  
    3. How did you come to the decision of doing an internship over simply just studying abroad?
    Doing an internship allows you to get out of the classroom setting and I honestly think that you learn and grow more that way.
    4. What have you gotten out of your experience? What has been your favorite part?
    My favorite part was getting to connect with all kinds of inspiring and incredible people. My boss was also the chairman of the British Chamber of Commerce for Luxembourg, so I got to tag along to some pretty awesome events. I actually ended up being published in Delano twice, the first was a picture of me at an event and the second was a photo that I took when I was asked to be the main photographer for a BCC workshop!
    5. What did you learn in your internship?
    Language isn't a barrier, but it is a challenge. Being in an entirely French-speaking office had its challenges and I often found myself having to go the extra mile to make sure that what I was trying to say was being properly understood. However, it is important to realize that they are also fighting this same battle alongside me. I would say that my communication skills have greatly improved. 
    6. What is a fun fact that most people don't know about you?
    This is a hot take, but I HATE Twizzlers.

    Service Learning Experiences:

    International School & Social Pantry

    A key part of the Beyond the Château experience available to MUDEC students is Service Learning, which is a specific type of volunteering based on the idea that engagement in the community must be tied to a formal, in-class learning experience. This week, we talked to four students: Emma Baumgartner, Olivia Casey, Emma Cousino and Emily Smith, who all volunteered at Ecole international de Differdange et de Esch/Alzette, an international school located less than a five-minute walk from the Château. Olivia Casey was the sole volunteer for the Esch social pantry, located across the street from the Esch/Alzette Gare.

    1. Why did you choose to volunteer at the international school?
    Emma B: "I chose to volunteer at the international school because I absolutely adore kids. I babysit as my summer job, so I definitely know how crazy kids can be, but at the end of the day they’re so comedically honest and full of life, which is why I love to spend time with them."
    Olivia: "I chose to volunteer at the international school because I wanted to go outside of my comfort zone, see how they teach abroad and meet new students! All the students were so outgoing! They love talking to me about all sorts of things and always participating in class discussions. It is like they are not afraid to say what is on their mind."
    Emma C: "I chose to volunteer at the international school because I really want to work with children some day and I thought this would be a good opportunity to try and interact with kids when I knew it wouldn’t be easy with the language barrier."

    2. Was there a goal for volunteering at the international school? Did you learn anything new?
    Emma B: "Just out of curiosity, I was mainly looking to discover the differences between American children and European children, as well as between how American classrooms are run versus European ones - which was plausible since I was placed with the French classes. I always am eager to learn about new cultures, and this was a great opportunity to do so. One main difference I spotted: these European teachers had a balanced sense of discipline and intimacy with their students. They were able to efficiently reprimand their students when needed, yet they could just as easily flip the switch and be a caring, nurturing presence. One of the teachers would turn on music and pick up the kids and dance with them, which was so cute. They were definitely more touchy-feely with the kids."
    Olivia: "I have learned many interesting things from Sarah and the students. First, all the students call the teacher by her first name, Sarah. This is odd to me but I am getting the hang of it. Another interesting insight I have made is all the different types of projects they do outside of curriculum based things. For example, they were rehearsing a play, creating masks for Carnival, and discussing what peace means to them. Everyday I was there I enjoyed every second. I wish I was in the class more often. Lastly, I love how they practice learning other languages at such a young age. Compared to the U.S., we start learning a new language in middle school or even high school."

    3. What was your favorite part about volunteering with the international school and why?
    Emma B: "Despite only visiting the school twice, I can surely say that my favorite part was interacting with the kids. Only a couple of them spoke English, so I had to find ways to communicate with them non-verbally. Kids are so creative and intelligent that it was no problem getting over this hump. I think my favorite instance was when I pointed at the plastic food in the toy kitchen and made eating motions with my hands, which led one of the girls to immediately jump into action and fix me a plate. She and her friends thought it was the most hilarious thing watching me pretend to eat the food." 
    Olivia: "My favorite thing has been meeting the students and building a relationship with my teacher Sarah. I am considering doing half of my student teaching in Luxembourg my senior year."
    Emma C: "My favorite thing about volunteering at the international school was the day I played Uno with the kids. They were definitely cheating and didn’t always understand how Uno worked, but it was the first time they played a game with me without being scared of the girl who only spoke English and we had a ton of fun together! I’m really disappointed we had to leave so early because I would have loved to see how much they would have opened up to me by the end of the semester but I’m grateful for the time I had there!"
    Emily: "My favorite part was definitely seeing the children move between the different languages they knew. The instructors there told me they had kids who knew French, Luxembourgish, English, and even Portuguese. The international school served to teach English to the non-English speakers and Luxembourgish to the others. I’ve always struggled to learn new languages so I was in awe of these children that knew multiple so fluently."
    Even though students were only able to volunteer for a few weeks due to the pandemic, this service learning experience still clearly made an impact on these MUDEC students.
    Emma Cousino
    Emma Cousino
    Emily Smith
    Emily Smith
    A classroom in the international school
    A classroom in the international school
    Emma Baumgartner
    Emma Baumgartner
    Olivia Casey was the sole volunteer at the Caritas Social Pantry in Esch/Alzette.
    Here is her experience: 

    1. Why did you choose to volunteer at the social pantry?
    Olivia: "I volunteered at the social pantry for my independent study through the Urban Cohort. The Urban Cohort is a program I am involved in in Oxford. We visit schools in Over the Rhine, Cincinnati, and empower the students about social justice issues and they can volunteer or bring the issues to light in their communities."
    2. Was there a goal for volunteering at the social pantry? Did you learn anything new?
    Olivia: "I did not have a clear set goal but I really just wanted to help the people in the country I was currently living in. It was such a rewarding experience the two times I went. I learned so much about the EU and the programs they have for the refugees. I interviewed Irene, she was the manager of the social pantry, and she told me a lot about the government programs and how her job has impacted her."
    3. What was your favorite part about volunteering for the social pantry?
    Olivia: "My favorite thing was learning French from the employees I worked with and observing people in the store. All the customers were low income Luxembourg immigrants or citizens. I loved simply watching the people interact in French and move around the store. The customers were always so grateful."
    Olivia Casey
    Olivia Casey stocking shelves
    Social Pantry volunteers
    Olivia Casey (pictured fourth from the left) with a few of her fellow social pantry volunteers


    Even though the Spring class of 2020 did not get to celebrate the end of the semester as tradition has it, this MUDEC class still found its own way to have fun. Join us and have some fun reading this semester's superlatives!
    Alex King

    Most Touristy: Alex King
    Shivangi Padhy

    Most likely to move to Luxembourg: Shivangi Padhy
    Kayla Jones

    Most likely to move to Europe: Kayla Jones
    Jake McCorkle and Anthony Raffin

    Male dynamic duo: Anthony Raffin (left) and Jake McCorkle (right)
    Kelly Hogan and Emme Delaney

    Female dynamic duo: Kelly Hogan (pictured jumping left) and Emme Delaney (pictured jumping right)
    Ryan Fair (pictured left)

    Most likely to forget their laundry: Ryan Fair (pictured left)
    Jane Walker

    Best Instagram: Jane Walker and... 
    Logan Glennie

    Best Instagram: Logan Glennie 
    Jonah Simpson

    Best Attendance at Boot: Jonah Simpson
    Travel Section Banner
    2020 Spring class picture

    MUDEC Spring 2020

    They traveled to Luxembourg at the end of January, only to have to travel back home unexpectedly in mid-March, after a little more than a month to travel around Europe.
    The pandemic ended the semester before the semester photo could be taken, but thanks to the magic of Photoshop (well, actually Preview), MUDEC Spring 2020 now has a class photo, which will take its rightful place in the MUDEC class picture gallery in the Maisy Dumont classroom at the Château.
    This Week's Schedule

    Monday-Thursday: Summer Vacation

    Friday: Summer Vacation x2
    Saturday-Sunday: Summer Vacation x3

    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-Wednesday: 8:00-12:00
    Thursday: Closed (Ascension Holiday)
    Friday: 8:00-12:00

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