Category About Me

Molly’s European Year: a Recap in Words and Pictures

I will be leaving Austria in exactly one week. After that, I have a two day layover in Iceland, but then it’s home sweet home (Alabama) for Christmas. I’ve been trying for a few weeks now to find the best way to capture the magical insanity that has been the last thirteen months of my […]

1st Month–A General Update

Hey friends, (all 534 wordpress followers + the folks at home!) It’s been a pretty busy month. To recap: I flew from Alabama to London, arriving on November 7th. I spent seven awesome days in merry ole England, and then headed to Krenglbach, Austria to rest, do laundry, and meet my host family. It was […]

10 Things I’ve Learned

It’s been a busy 22 days since I left America the Beautiful, and in honor of Thanksgiving and the sense of self-reflection it always inspires–here’s are 10 things I have learned about myself and the world around me in the past few weeks. 1. I need to pay attention to my protein and caffeine levels. […]

Happy Birthday to me!

The best birthday gift I could have gotten. I can’t wait to see this little face in person!

FINAL COUNTDOWN: 17 Days

I’m getting within spitting distance of my Austrian Adventure (dun-dun-DAH!), and I’m not totally sure that it’s sinking in. I was proud of myself for not being overly anxious, but then I started having dreams in which I try to order coffee, but when I say, “eine Tasse Kaffee, bitte,” the lady at the counter gives me […]

Ein Paar Updates

My host mother in Austria (Doris) is having another baby! I arrive in mid-November, and her due date is February 18th. I am so excited to be a part of such an important time for their family. When they look back on the birth of their second child, I will be in those memories! Also, […]

Books for Anna Sophie

When I was researching au pair positions, I was surprised to find that my most desirable characteristic isn’t anything I have worked for–my education, my experience with children–but something I have always had: fluency in the English language. All of a sudden, I became aware of the privilege of being a native English speaker, how […]

Soldier/Tourist: My Grandfather in Europe, 1946-1948

When I was in fifth grade, I was assigned that staple of the American elementary education: the family history project. For my project, I interviewed several older relatives, including my grandfather, Charles Newbury (my mother’s father, and my only living grandparent). At that time, he gave me several photographs and pieces of memorabilia from his time […]

Wo/Where? (Part 2)

I want to show you the house where I will be living for ten months. When I first applied to be an au pair, I didn’t have a real sense of where I was going. Obviously, I knew it would be somewhere in Austria, but I had no way to picture it. I remember the morning […]

Reflections on Two Semesters of German

In the past few weeks, through the flurry of final papers, tests, and emotions about leaving Agnes Scott, I’ve been trying to reflect on this academic year–what did I learn, what did I accomplish? Ultimately, what it comes down to is that at the beginning of last August, I didn’t know any German, and now […]