The Beginning of a Beautiful Adventure

And just like that, I’ve been in Poland for over a week now. The last ten days or so have been busy, beautiful, exhausting, exciting, and so much more. I arrived the night of February 10th at the Krakow airport and was picked up by one of our program directors, Joe, and we took a …

Packing Mistakes Were Made

Because there’s a whole lot of stuff the pamphlets don’t tell you! I spent months preparing for my study abroad program in the Galapagos, read every packing list I could find, in efforts of arriving to the Galapagos fully prepared for any situation. I got a lot of things right, but I also got a …

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 …

Isa’s Guide to Sevilla

With more and more family and friends planning their trips to visit, I’ve been compiling a list of Sevilla touristy treasures & hidden gems to be must-sees during their time here. I thought I’d share these ideas with all of you and if you ever find yourself in the south of Spain, you’ll have my …

One Month In!

Time really does fly. I’m somehow ¼ of the way into my semester here, and it still feels like I just got here last week. I was so worried that I wouldn’t be built for city life, but I absolutely love being here and have even begun to look into graduate school options within the …

The Long-Awaited Experience

It’s taken a long time to get here, but my European adventure has finally begun! I arrived in Ireland a few days ago to spend time with some family friends for a week before leaving for my study abroad semester in Krakow, Poland! My freshman year was the first time I heard about the John …

Adjustment and Grace

It has now been three weeks since I moved to Chicago, and overall it has been an amazing experience. I am finally used to riding the trains, and feel comfortable getting to and from my internship as well as my classes. One of the things that I have struggled with the most these past few …

The People Make the Place

The first 24 hours after my mom dropped me off at O’Hare airport in Illinois were scary, fun, hectic, and disorienting. Upon arriving at the first airport of the upcoming 4, I struggled to check in and check my bag. That was when I began to worry if I was taking on more than I …

The Little Things

Spanish Word of the Day: La Meta Translation: A Goal or Aim If there’s anything I were to say about preparing to study abroad, it’s that it can be . . . chaotic, to say the least. And it’s all in the little things. There’s an abundance of details to write down, all strung across …

Weekend #1!

One word for the weekend: wow. I really did not have any high expectations or plans for the weekend except to finally catch up on sleep, and that is the opposite of what happened. On Friday afternoon I was riding the subway home from Target when I met a guy who claimed he worked for …