What “They” Say Jul02

What “TheyR...

They say that studying abroad is going to be a life-changing experience. They say that you will get to travel to so many amazing countries and experience new cultures. They say that during your semester abroad, you will learn to think of a new country as “home.” What I found out during my...

DFC Press Release Jun23

DFC Press Release

June 21, 2014 Four ACU students living at CitySquare in Dallas teamed up with a group of fifth-graders to improve their south Dallas neighborhood and in the process helped the school win a national Design for Change award. Design for Change is a global organization whose mission is to empower children to express their own ideas for a better world and put them into action through a project-based learning system. The fifth-graders at Charles Rice Learning Center decided to take on the problem of “trap” houses or drug houses in their neighborhood. The project involved working with local law enforcement officers, city officials and officers of...

The City of Dreaming Spires Jun12

The City of Dreaming Spires

Coming from an incredibly middle-class family, I never expected that my dream of studying abroad would be any kind of realistic. It did require hard work and a lot of thinking ahead, and somehow I raised enough money to live in England for a semester. As I am sitting in my room in Oxford, I’ve discovered that reflecting on my semester here is difficult. How do I translate months of wonderful experiences and memories into words on a screen? This city has been an amazing host, and I will try to do it justice. When I first arrived, the people of Oxford walked too quickly, were too quiet, and had few manners. If someone bumped into me on the...

Leipzig, Germany Jun12

Leipzig, Germany

Nearly four months ago, I boarded a plane with nine strangers, and here I am days away from returning to America with a group of people I now consider family. There’s something about being in a foreign country together that bonds ten completely different and equally strong personalities...

Self Discovery in Oxford Jun05

Self Discovery in Ox...

I normally do my best to speak simply, but there are no simple words to describe the incredible experience I’ve had here in Oxford, England. I came here to discover buildings, architecture, and cultures, and that’s genuinely all I expected to get out of my four months abroad....

Europe in War and Peace, 1914-2014 Jun05

Europe in War and Pe...

During our Maymester course – Europe in War and Peace, 1914-2014 – we spent time in Oxford, London, Berlin, Prague, and Leipzig. There are many things I could say about the experiences we had, and the different memorials we visited in each city. However, I would like to reflect on how our...

Design for Change – World Changers! Jun02

Design for Change – World Changers!

ACU Honors students and Dallas Independent School District fifth graders are making big news! A group of fifth graders from Charles Rice Elementary in south Dallas have won the national Design for Change Competition and will be honored this fall in India! The students have an idea about changing their neighborhood. The Charles Rice students were concerned with ‘Trap Houses’  places where drug transactions occur, in their neighborhood and contacted their local city councilman and local authorities  (and ATF agents) to close these houses down. These are elementary students who have great ideas and great courage. They believe in...

French Excursion May27

French Excursion

When I think back to what was going though my head as I was boarding the bus in Abilene to begin my semester abroad in Oxford, England, I can’t help but chuckle. I had the stereotypical pre-departure mindset that you would expect; “This’ll be fun” and “I wonder...

Growth and Community in Montevideo May27

Growth and Community in Montevideo

As I am nearing the end of my semester in Montevideo, I can hardly believe all the adventures, memories, and experiences I’ve gained. I came here with a set of expectations, though still not knowing much of what to expect, but the semester has been nothing like I could have imagined. I have traveled to quite a few other countries before this semester, but I’ve realized that living in another country is very different than vacationing there. I’ve become attuned to the rhythm of life in Montevideo, from getting my laundry and groceries to hanging out in the parks and beaches to eating dinner no earlier than eight o’ clock. Uruguayans are...

Design for Change May15

Design for Change

Check out what Honors Students have been up to in Dallas with their Design for Change event! Visit The Optimist for the article...

May 2014 Graduation May13

May 2014 Graduation

Congratulations to all 2014 Honors Graduates! Honors celebrated our graduates by hosting a Banquet to recognize all of their hard work and effort over the past 4 years. We enjoyed connecting with the students, their families, and influential professors. Honors Graduates Kyndal Coleman       ...

Study Break May13

Study Break

Students enjoyed a study break with Honors on Dead Day. Chick Fil A, Cajun Cones and a Quidditch match were in store for students on Monday, May...