Kerry: the must-see place in Ireland

It’s been a while since I last updated my blog page. To those of you who were waiting for my posts (if there are any), my apologies! Schoolwork piled up in the blink of an eye and I have been basically living in the school library trying to get them done. About 2 weeks ago, …

Let’s talk about your profs abroad

Let me summarize this article for you real quick: some professors are awesome and others… Not so much. It’s a fact of life and it’s a given in college. You’ll gel with some, and might lose sleep over others. It’s not rocket science, and it’s not a slight to any of my professors that I’ve …

An Eventful Week

I am currently writing this blog in my bedroom at home in Holland, and it feels so strange. This is the last time that I will be sitting here until I’m officially moved back home in three short weeks, but I think I’m ready for it. Chicago has provided me with so much insight into …

Mise en scène: Performing in France

The IES Abroad Nantes Program offers a variety of courses taught entirely in French, from Gastronomy to Translation, but the most interactive course is without a doubt TH 343: Theater Production. You read that right! Theater Production. No, we’re not sitting at desks in the IES center analyzing French comedies— we’re rehearsing for a live performance, every …

The biggest takeaways from a weekend getaway in Barcelona

The highlight of this month has been that my lovely friend, Manna Sakon, a Hope alumni who is now a middle school ELS teacher, came to visit me in Ireland during her spring break. We took a short weekend trip to Barcelona, Spain, and two takeaways from this trip were: 1. show up to the …

St Patrick’s Day in Dublin

Apparently, I was one of the 400,000 people who attended the St Patrick’s Day festivities in Dublin on March 17, 2022. As soon as I stepped out of my room at 11:30am on that day, I knew that the whole country was ready to party. I looked to the left and an overwhelming amount of …

Warm Weather, Good Friends, and New Tats

It amazes me how much the weather can positively affect one’s mood. Once again, we had another warm day here in Chicago. Temperatures reached almost 75 degrees, and everyone was out even though it was a Monday. This is definitely one of the benefits of a COVID world- being able to work remotely. For the …

Why do you travel?

During reading week, which is basically a spring break with an emphasis on self-studying, I found myself eating a baguette every day and saying merci beaucoup. Can anyone guess where I was? Yes, I was in France! France was one destination I was determined to get to as soon as I decided to study abroad …

When Your Bestfriend Visits You in Ireland!

I’m a graduating senior studying abroad in Ireland. Many people ask me, “Aren’t you sad to miss your last semester on campus?” Well sort of, but not really, because all of my best friends are off-campus this semester. Rachael, the one studying abroad in France, flew over to Ireland to see me this weekend! Rachael …

Draw, Like One Of Your French Girls

The story of my first day in art class My first day at l’Ecole de Beaux-Arts de Nantes, I got lost. After three levels of gray cement floors, catwalks, and metal railings, the only things that reassured me I was still in the right place were the eccentrically-dressed students and a mass at the entrance …