I am now well into the swing of things in Prague and my classes at the Anglo-American University. This semester, I am taking International Journalism, Travel Writing, Prague Art and Architecture, and Introduction to Broadcast Media in the 20th Century. I am only in class Monday through Wednesday, giving me Thursday and Friday to travel and explore Prague.
The Anglo-American University itself is a beautiful campus. The campus also includes the Vojan gardens, one of Prague's oldest gardens. It is common to see huge peacocks roaming around the grounds of the garden on a sunny day. In the spring, these gardens will become much busier. The main building itself used to be a palace and is stunning on the inside.
|Peacocks in Vojan gardens|
There are quite a few differences between my college life here at AAU and University of Georgia. It certainly was an adjustment going from my one hour classes at home to two hour and 45 minutes classes at AAU. Luckily, all of my classes take a short break halfway through. Since we meet for a longer period, class is only held once a week. Additionally, we have taken many more field trips in my classes here than I ever have in Athens. For example, last week my Prague Art and Architecture class took a boat tour on the Vltava River and this week we will go to a Czech radio station with my Intro to Broadcast Media class. It's really exciting to take advantage of all that Prague has to offer in relation to what I am studying. In addition to field trips, I have already had a few guest speakers come to lecture in my classes. In my Broadcast Media class, the authors Sarah Perry and Malek Toman spoke about their work and how it pertained to our class.
In most of my classes, I have the chance to study with students from all over the world. This makes many of the class discussions all the more interesting and filled with diverse opinions. This especially comes into play in my International Journalism class when we discuss international issues and events. The classes are also so much smaller at AAU. Here, you won't find any large lecture halls. Instead the largest class is around 25 students.
While these differences have definitely put me out of my comfort zone, it has never been boring!
Charlotte Mabry is the Spring 2016 MOJO Blogger in Prague, Czech Republic. She is currently a Junior at the University of Georgia.
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