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Four Months and Four Things That I’m Grateful For

May 18, 2019

I am grateful for the trips that I went on. I visited numerous countries for the first time—these countries were, in the order that I travelled to them: Switzerland, Belgium, Denmark, Hungary, and Bulgaria. Each and every country that I visited offered a new insight into the continent and was unique in its own way, regardless of whether I travelled to it as part of my program or on my own time.

A Open Letter to Future Students Studying Abroad in Freiburg

May 18, 2019

Dear Student Studying Abroad in Freiburg, 

Congratulations on choosing to study abroad in Freiburg! Here are three tips for living in Freiburg:

One: Always have some kind of valid ticket on you when taking the tram. Remember to validate your ticket. Remember to get a new monthly pass at the start of each month.

A Farewell to (Roman) Arms

May 16, 2019

Goodbye. See you soon. Until next time. These are phrases I’ve used all too often in the last week or so. As I close out this amazing, eye-opening, and revolutionary semester, I am forced to look at my choices both good and bad. I laugh at the times when I was foolish. Where I spent too much money or said the wrong pronunciation of an Italian word (It happened a lot). I cherish the times I won’t forget, like when I got to see the Pope or when I visited Padova with Julia (my editor-in-chief). However, the time has come to leave “my” precious Roma.

What They Don't Tell You About Studying Abroad in Barcelona

May 10, 2019

It has almost been two weeks since I arrived back in the States, and I thought it would be the perfect time to share some important travelling, safety, and general advice with you guys that the video below does not include. 

1) Get your school work done in advance.

What I Miss Most About Abroad: 2) The Architecture

May 10, 2019

Number 2 in the Series: The Architecture. I'm actually surprised at the lack of footage of architecture in Barcelona. I think that during my field studies and the times I would play tourist, I was genuinely busy taking everything in. In my Barcelona and the Cosmopolitan City class, we learned a lot about the Catalan Gothic style of architecture throughout the city so I became a total nerd for architecture this semester because of it. I found myself constantly being in awe of everything around me. 

What I Miss Most About Abroad: 1) The Sunsets

May 9, 2019

As my time in Barcelona has comes to a close, I want to share with everyone a list of what I will miss most about studying abroad. Number one on the list? The sunsets. Not to be dramatic or anything because I know I can watch the sun set anywhere in the world. However, there is something cathartic watching the sunset with people I had only met a few months prior taking in the most surreal views thousands of miles away from home. To be traveling the world at 21 with incredible instant friends is such a gift.

All You Need to Know About Milan

May 7, 2019

It is officially my last week in Milan, and I am reluctant to accept May 10th as a definitive conclusion to this amazing experience. Prior to leaving for Milan, I wasn’t sure of what to expect of my time abroad. My entire life I had grown up with the belief that someday, sometime, I would spend part of my college years in a different country, but I never thought of what that would concretely entail. Even after signing an agreement with IES Abroad, purchasing a plane ticket, and walking through the door of Via Federico Ozanam 8, Milan did not seem like it was my reality.

Farewell Freiburg: Thank you for the memories and lessons

May 7, 2019

My departure date has officially arrived. As I write this second to last blog post in the airport, I am feeling a mixture of emotions. I am excited to see my family and friends after five months but sad that I will be leaving behind the place that I came to know and enjoy during these months. I will also miss my amazing group of friends that made my study abroad experience valuable.

El Salvador is not Santa Fe

May 2, 2019

Multi-location programs: twice the fun, twice the adjustments. Learn the struggles that sometimes come with the joys of a multi-location program.


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