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 …

Weekend in Prague

Last weekend, I ventured to Prague with some of the other students who live in my apartment complex. Prague is roughly 5 hours by train from Vienna. Once I got there, I connected with a family friend who lives in the area so she could show me some of her favorite sites. Food My favorite …

Nature is My Classroom

I knew coming into the Galapagos program that I would get hands-on learning experiences in biology. I never expected it to this degree, and I am beyond grateful for the unique learning opportunities this program provides. Regardless of your track, you may land in an impermanent classroom that’s always on the move. Sure, you may …

The Unexpected U-turn: Expectation vs Reality

6:00 AM. Beep beep! My alarm rang. My eyes were barely open, but I managed to wiggle out of my bed. Why would I wake up so early on a Sunday? It’s because I was going on the Cliffs of Moher tour with my friends! It’s the place where one of my favorite movies, Harry Potter …

New Adventures

Another week down, and one week closer to warmer weather (hopefully). I think that the overall trend of this week was exploring new places, as I was able to visit the community of Pilsen, attend a play at Goodman Theatre, and finally walk on the Chicago Riverwalk. For my Social Justice class this week we …

Sightseeing in Paris Pt. 1: The Louvre

It is a truth universally acknowledged that a student studying abroad in France must be in want of a trip to Paris. Okay, that’s not quite how Jane Austen’s Pride & Prejudice begins but it very well could, were it set in modern France— There’s a predictable plot for the next Netflix series set in …

Conquering grocery shopping abroad

Something I never realized I was privileged to love is abundant, humongous American grocery stores. Oh, the glory of a Target! (Glory I have never basked in.) The joys of getting everything you need––ground beef, foot scrub, those smiley face fries from elementary school, and a puffer jacket––all in one place!  All of that American …

A Weekend Trip to London

I never knew that international travel can be done so casually. Not even two weeks ago, my flatmates and I spontaneously decided to fly to England (thanks Ryanair for being so affordable). After an hour-long flight, I was in a whole different country. Two years ago, the summer before the beginning of the pandemic, I …

Home

And so here we are on another Sunday. This week absolutely flew by, and I think that is due to how busy I have been the past few days. I typically only go into my internship once a week, but this week I was able to get out of my room three out of the …