Zachary Cohen

Occidental College
European Union

Hello!  My name is Zach and I am so happy you are here!  I grew up in Tucson, Arizona, and am currently a Junior at Occidental College, where I am double-majoring in History and International Relations.  I'm fascinated by the connections between the past and the present, and the role that history plays in modern diplomacy.  Be sure to keep up with my travels as I explore Freiburg and the European Union this semester!

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December 28, 2016

I’m lying on my couch, wrapped in a blanket and watching the West Wing.  I’m eating my mom’s delicious chocolate chip cookies and enjoying the warm winter of Tucson.  For all intents and purposes, I’ve picked up right where I left off four months ago.

December 18, 2016

Finals are over, my suitcases are halfway packed, and my flight home leaves in just a few days.  That must mean the semester is over, right?  Think again!

December 8, 2016

Every morning at 8:38 a.m., I walk through Vauban, the alternative/hippie/college dorm community in which I live, and board the Line 3 Tram to head to school.

November 29, 2016

During the previous semester of college at Occidental, a single month went by slowly.  This summer, my two months in D.C. passed by a little quicker.

November 27, 2016

One of the major pluses of the IES Abroad European Union program is the opportunity to travel across Europe with an academic perspective - and to understand the EU beyond just Freiburg and Germany.

November 16, 2016

Election Night in America!  Democracy in practice!  What an exciting time!  Or at least, it used to be?  

October 31, 2016

Nice is a city located in Southern France but which may well be Northern Italy; a conglomeration of cultures with a very pleasant ambiance and atmosphere tying it all ogether.

October 20, 2016

Speed Art

/spid art/

October 9, 2016

On Tuesday, I sat in a classroom discussing the roles and capabilities of the European Parliament within the EU.

September 28, 2016

“So, how far are we going?”  

“We’re gonna climb about 2500 feet”  


September 19, 2016

The IES Abroad EU crew spent the past week in Berlin and Prague, and it was without a doubt one of the most fascinating trips I have ever been on.

September 5, 2016

My first few days in Freiburg have been a whirlwind.  At some points it feels like I’ve been here for weeks, at others I will momentarily forget that I ever left home.

August 26, 2016

I haven't quite accepted that I'm leaving for Freiburg in a few days - but I'm excited for the adventure that awaits!