Present-oriented Pre-departure

In just a few days I will be departing Chicago to head to Sevilla! Well… technically I’ll be headed to New York… then Madrid… then Sevilla. After pushing through each obstacle leading up to this adventure, I am still shocked that this day is finally arriving.  I cannot wait to explore Spain, meet my host …

Adios!

And just like that, my time abroad has come to an end. It is crazy to believe that I am packing my suitcases to go home when it feels like just yesterday I was walking into my apartment for the first time. Studying abroad has easily been one of the hardest but most rewarding things …

A Day in My Life

What does a typical day studying abroad in Barcelona look like? I thought what was more fitting to write about on my last day of classes. IES Barcelona courses are concluding final class periods and we are on our way to finals week. I have been meaning to write about and document what a typical …

Health Care Abroad: Tips and Tricks

For those of you curious or concerned, here are some details of my experience with the health care industry while studying abroad, and what I wished I would have known before I stepped in blind. Everyone has their own idea of their worst nightmare coming to fruition, or their worst case scenario. For me, one …

Fancy a Cup of Tea?

One of my final trips, London, felt like a vacation. Although it was a new country, I had a sense of relaxation and ease. The language barrier in Spain is a unconscious stressor for me so, going to an english-speaking country was a break in itself. London is such a large city! There is so …

Residential Life Abroad

A look at residential halls as a study-abroad living situation other than home-stays. Before going abroad, I had heard nothing but oodles of praise for living with a family in a home-stay situation while studying abroad. I had heard how great it is for immersion and to get one-on-one support during your time abroad, and …

The Other Holland

Holland, Michigan, is full of tulips and sprinkled with Dutch culture. This past weekend, I had the privilege of visiting the other Holland. I traveled to the Netherlands to explore Amsterdam! Each city I visit shows me their unique personality. Amsterdam’s bridges and canals were beautiful. Although it is a major city, it is smaller …

If Your Friends Run Off a Cliff…

Have you ever heard the saying “if your friends jump off a cliff, would you?” In this case, I did. Well, technically I ran off a cliff to go paragliding. This past weekend, I traveled to Switzerland and visited Geneva and Interlaken. Being in the mountains with all the fresh air was a much needed …

When in Wien!

Geography is a fascinating topic. Living in Europe has given me a new view of distance and travel time. Coming from the United States, we drive most places and are used to longer travel times because we live in a massive country. Coming to Barcelona, I did not expect everywhere to be so close. Most …

A Tourist in My Own City

Living in any big city can be overwhelming. There are so many things to see and do! I fell into a routine in Barcelona once I got my bearings. I found my gym, my grocery store, my school, and everything I needed. However, Barcelona offers a variety of monuments, parks, and churches to see as …