You are here

Two Days Until Sydney!

7 Jun 2015

Honestly, I am so excited for this experience. I've always wanted to study abroad and with my older brother always pushing for it to happen, I'm just glad my parents got on board. They were a little wary at first, but eventually loosened up to the idea when my brother and I told them about all the new experiences and all the things I could learn from being in a new environment. So it's really thanks to him that I get to go.


(My brother, David, and I in his office for St. Patrick's Day)

I'm actually still in school. In fact, there is still one Chinese final and one final paper for English standing in my way. But honestly not even that can bring down my excitement level for going to Sydney.

As I look forward to this experience, I cannot help but also look back at my year. I feel extremely fortunate to be able to go to Northwestern and am definitely going to miss it for the summer.

So this post is gonna be a little nostalgic.

First, to my roommate, Cami.


(My roommate and I take naps simultaneously)

Thanks for always keeping this room full of laughter and always being down to order ridiculous amounts of food with me at any hour of the day.

Secondly, football season.


(Kristina, Ethan, Alden, and I)



(Northwestern at Notre Dame)

Northwestern beat Wisconsin AND Notre Dame this year.We're not known for our football program, but this year we managed to pull off some pretty insane wins. The one on top is after we stormed the field after beating Wisconsin. It was honestly incredible that we won considering they ended up finished second in conference after OSU (Go Bucks, I am from Ohio after all) and then the Buckeyes take home a National Championship.The one on the bottom was taken at Notre Dame. We won in overtime, it was stunning. All in all, I was a very happy football fan this year.

I also managed to get this really cool picture of Ryan Field at our homecoming game.


(Ryan Field, Homecoming game)

We lost this game, if I remember correctly, because our quarterback slipped on the last play. Classic Northwestern, still gotta love them though.

Third, it has to be the city. Northwestern is located about a half hour north of the actual city of Chicago, so we get to go into the city quite often to explore.



(Chicago Intersection)


Chicago Skyline and the frozen lake)

I absolutely adore this city. There's always something going on, from ice skating at the Bean, to music festivals, to plays, and fantastic food. Chicago is never boring.

Northwestern's campus also has some pretty stunning views.


(Lake Michigan)

Northwestern's campus is really small, like probably less than one square mile, but it's actually not bad looking. Lake Michigan is especially gorgeous. I'm obsessed with it, I've taken and Instagrammed at least four separate pictures of the exact same scene.

I am definitely going to miss being here and it's going to be hard to say goodbye to all my friends for the summer, but I am definitely looking forward to all that Sydney and this experience has to offer. I cannot wait to explore, take pictures, eat, learn, and immerse myself into a new culture. 

Sydney, I'll be seeing you soon!

From Our Blogs

Feb 15 10:05am

Study Abroad Packing List for the Career-Minded Student

by Abby Baric

Add the following items to your suitcase before you study abroad to take full advantage of opportunities that come your way to advance your career.

Learn more
Feb 14 2:34pm

How to Practice Self-Care While Studying Abroad

by Victoria Bruick

We asked our IES Abroad Ambassadors what advice they have for self-care while abroad. Find out what they suggest and take time to figure out what loving yourself looks like for you.

Learn more
Feb 13 5:24pm

My Language Learning Tips

by Chen Yu

My semester in Morocco started with the intensive Darija (Moroccan Arabic) course.

Learn more
Feb 13 4:41pm

Alumni Advice: Being in a Relationship While Studying Abroad

by Victoria Bruick

Does “distance makes the heart grow fonder” or is it more accurate to say “out of sight, out of mind”? We asked our IES Abroad Ambassadors to share their advice on being in a relationship while studying abroad.

Learn more
Feb 13 2:19pm

Simultaneously loving and exposing Amsterdam

by Emily Radford

Before I left for Amsterdam, I idealistically (and ignorantly) thought of it as a liberal, equality based and essentially perfect city. From stroopwafels, to a city I can easily navigate on bike, to progressive legislation and breathtaking canals, it was love at first sight.

Learn more
Feb 13 2:09pm

Unexpected Love While Studying Abroad: IES Abroad Santiago Alumni Justin & Mónica Hicks

by Victoria Bruick

When two IES Abroad Santiago students arrived in Chile, they weren't looking for love. However, a semester of sharing adventures and building a relationship paved the way for a study abroad love story.

Learn more