It’s more than me; it’s more than the US

In my last blog, I began explaining my pursuit of cultural intelligence. I shared the humbling realization that apart from news that affects me personally, I am ignorant of issues outside the US. In fact, during my study abroad preparation at Hope, Amy Quincey mentioned the stereotype that Americans are globally unaware. In my case, …

To Birthdays & Beyond!

The Hyjinx Hotel On October eighth, it was my friend Katie’s 22nd birthday! My housemates and I planned her a surprise party before we went to the Hyjinx Hotel. While my friend Nicole and I brought her to lunch and went shopping, my other housemates made her a chocolate cake and decorated it with strawberries …

New Normal

Week 7 Aussie Slang Lesson: Tracky Dacks = Sweatpants/ joggers I have been in Australia over 50 days now, and my program is just about halfway finished. When I hear that in numbers, I begin to panic, because I haven’t done everything here that I intend to do. So much to do, so little time. …

As The Leaves Turn

Hi Blog, It’s been a minute since my last post and that is for many reasons. Chicago has been very busy and hectic. I no longer feel like a tourist and I’m no longer scared of the CTA. These past few weeks I have really settle in my internship. I have great experiences with the …

A Witness to History

Before reading please be advised that this blog is an opinion piece on the constitutional referendum in Chile. It reflects my personal observations and research. To understand the process and key information, I received assistance from my Human Rights professor. I hope to share with you the powerful history of Chile from a learner’s perspective. …

This is Only the Beginning

Campus Uniqueness This week was nothing less than a dream. It went by so fast, yet I have moments I will hold on to forever. Let me begin by telling you about one of the campus activities at UNSW. On Thursday night, we had a large campus get together where everyone was inclined to wear …

“Fall”ing in Love with a New Routine

Fall is my favorite season– it always has been, and, most likely, always will be. Most of it I can attribute to growing up on the east coast, where crisp, mountain air, maple leaf lattes, listening to Carole King and The Lumineers during a morning walk, and nature’s brilliant colors work to create a cozy, …

A New Home

One of my toughest decisions while applying for the IES program was choosing where to live. Unlike most programs, IES offered the option of a homestay or a residential hall for international students. I was attracted to the homestay because it would immerse me in the culture of a local family. But I was also …

Chicago the City that NEVER Sleeps

Hey Everyone! It’s been a minute, this week has been fairly busy for me! I’ve experienced so much since the last blog. From the crazy busy red line to the chill blue line my work days have been amazing. I’ve been video editing for INDIRAP Productions and it has been a journey! This past week …

It’s Just the Beginning

On the morning of orientation, I woke up early to the sound of my alarm. Somehow, I managed to crawl out from under my fort of blankets and begin my morning routine. The apartment was quiet as I made my way to the kitchen. I scrambled up some eggs and oatmeal for breakfast and then …