Month: December 2011

When in Dublin… (Matt Dunne)

When coming to Ireland one can only picture the rolling green fields and beautiful landscape, although the city of Dublin is both major to Europe and an international melting pot. So many different cultures and ethnicity are poured into one and not only have I had…

Being “Italy-fied” (Alexis Achs)

Over the past four months here I have been extremely thankful that I have chosen to study abroad in Florence this semester. At first I was a little nervous about living in a different country with a different culture than what I was used to for…

Roma per Sempre (AJ Fedoruk)

With only a couple hours left here in Rome for the semester I truly say this has been the best decision of my life to study/travel/ explore abroad. I cannot really put into words this how unbelievable this past three and half months have been and…

Metaphors in Ecuador (Gwen Hasenberg)

Last night I had an interesting dream.  I was packing up my suitcases.   While I was packing I kept remembering more and more stuff that I needed to bring with me and more and more stuff just kept appearing out of nowhere that I needed to pack.   I was running…

Personal Growth (Alessandra Mendez)

Unfortunately the last days of my trip are here. I never thought it would come so soon and I am terribly sad to have to leave. I have had the best time and a great experience that will benefit me for the rest of my life.…

Living Worlds Apart (Pat Pederson)

My advice for students? Regardless of major or field of study, go abroad for at least a semester. The experience that I have had in Spain has been absolutely unbelievable and I have done more than I had originally planned and then some.  Not only this, but…

Final Days in London (Olivia Sievert)

I can hardly believe that in less than 2 days I will be headed home to Chicago. It is going to be bittersweet to leave London. I have had the most amazing time here these last 3 1/2 months and it is sad to think there…

My Italian Service Event (Krista Hove)

My first day I walked 20 minutes across town to meet up for my service event, I was slightly tired, and worried about what I would be doing. I stopped at a few stands before I finally found the stand I belonged to. I even asked…

Study Abroad Experience (Krista Hove)

Today was the first day of many I hope, which I felt at home in Florence. Coming from a small town, I recently found myself longing for the familiar family aspect of a town. I felt like I was drowning in a pool of tourist, and…