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Sarah Chadwick

George Washington University, The
Freiburg - Environmental Studies & Sustainability

My name is Sarah and I am studying environmental studies and journalism. Although born and raised in upstate New York, I now go to college in Washington, DC. My perfect day involves eating lots of good food and getting lost on a hike.

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May 17, 2017

Over this past month, I have been doing a lot of travel both with friends and on my own. The majority of the time, everything goes smoothly. Flights are on time, street maps are correct, and everyone gets to where they need to go.

May 11, 2017

This week, my class and I had the opportunity of a lifetime...go hiking in the Swiss Alps.  The class is focused on how humans have altered alpine landscapes for thousands of years.

May 1, 2017

This past weekend, my friends and I decided to go to Fruhlingsfest in Stuttgart, Germany. It is the equivalent of Spring Fest in Munich, but is much less touristy. It ended up being a lot of fun and we were grateful for the chance to experience a festival more like actual Germans do.

May 1, 2017

Over the Easter break last week, I had the opportunity to travel to Italy.  More specifically, I visited Naples and the surrounding area of Bari.  Visiting southern Italy is much different than visiting some of the more northern cites.

April 29, 2017

When studying abroad, it's natural to have the desire to visit everywhere. Each place you hear about in research looks more beautiful or more fun than the next. That can be a challenge due to timing and, of course, money. It's hard to travel the world on the college student budget.

April 27, 2017

We have airplanes that get us to different continents in a day and high-speed trains that cross countries in a couple of hours. There are ferries and Uber and tram cars that help find our way around while abroad.

April 27, 2017

Being in Freiburg, Germany gives the opportunity to see some of the most environmentally-friendly living that exists in Germany.

April 11, 2017

Berlin was my favorite international city that I have visited so far.  It has such a unique character to it, unlike Munich or Paris or Zurich.  Berlin feels like a balancing act.  You have a vibrant art, music, and academia scene, coupled by a dark past that many sites in this city hold.

March 30, 2017

In this past month that I’ve been in Germany, I have had the opportunity to travel to some very neat places.  This country (and Europe as a whole) is so full of history and culture, it’s impossible to not want to see it all.


March 16, 2017

This past weekend, I decided to visit Munich with a small group of IES Abroad students.  There was a lot of excitement leading up to the trip, as this was our first venture outside of the Freiburg area since we’d been here.  Not even the reality of a five-hour bus ride could deter our excitement.

March 15, 2017

It's hard to imagine, sitting across the world in the United States, how your study abroad home will ever feel like truly yours.  While there can be an adjustment period when it comes to a new place, decorating your room give a sense of comfort.

March 9, 2017


Yesterday, we took a trip to Augustinermuseum here in Freiburg. It was a rainy day, so we decided to see what it offered, and we were not disappointed.

March 7, 2017

Here in Germany, many of the students cook together in their dorms as a social activity.  Tonight, a group of IES Abroad students at Engelbergerstrase decided to use the rainy weather as an excuse to stay inside and cook.

March 6, 2017

"Everyone is nervous before study abroad."

"You'll be fine, you're just working yourself up."

These were tidbits of advice from friends and loved ones as I prepared to take off for Germany. Despite the reassurance from those around me, all I could think to myself

January 25, 2017

I have been a Northeast girl my entire life.  Living in upstate New York has kept me well-prepared for blizzards, cold winds, and anything else that winter decides to throw at us.  We often joke that we only get two seasons here: construction and winter.

January 25, 2017

A reminder that little places have big stories.