Category Archives: Cultural Identity

5 Months Can Change Your Life. (Laura Riley)

I’m not entirely sure where to start as I attempt to reflect on the last 5 months that I spent abroad. The experience opened my eyes, built me, and changed me. It was easier than I expected, but at the … Continue reading

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Race and Identity in the Dominican Republic: A Complex Topic (Hannah Loppnow)

One piece of advice that really resonated with me from the first day of orientation was “put yourself out there.” We were also told to step outside of your comfort zone when interacting with Dominicans in Spanish and to carry … Continue reading

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Difficulties with my National Identity (Diane Cantillano)

I would say my national identity is kind of complex to begin with. My parents are both from Honduras, and I was born in San Diego, California. I think although my American nationality is important, my Honduran ethnicity is prominent … Continue reading

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Thanksgiving in Ireland (Tom Mauthe)

One of the bittersweet moments of studying abroad was missing the celebration of Thanksgiving at home with my family.  However, I was given the opportunity of a lifetime to have Thanksgiving with new friends from both the United States and … Continue reading

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Last Night in Australia (Thomas Grams)

Well it is my last night here in Australia. I can’t believe this time has come and still cannot believe it fully. What an incredible five months it has been. I have had the most amazing experience with traveling, meeting … Continue reading

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National Identity & Cultural Baggage (Jenny LeMere)

My national identity, well to start off with, have pale skin, blonde hair and blue eyes… you would have to be silly to not know that I am a “gringa” and trust me, people here aren’t silly in that respect. … Continue reading

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Family (Brianna Simkowski)

A trip I have been waiting to go on has been to Belfast/Donegal, Ireland.  It was a trip of a lifetime for me because I was able to go to the town where my Grandpa’s family is from and meet … Continue reading

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Amigos! Amici! Vänner! (Alessandra Mendez)

Studying in Europe (Spain) has been an amazing experience! I love it here because there is so much diversity and so many people from other countries studying here as well. One of the things I love about being here is … Continue reading

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When Irish Eyes Are Smiling (Matt Dunne)

Upon coming to Ireland a big concern of mine was how the Irish people viewed Americans as a whole. It is not uncommon to hear that Americans don’t have the best reputation when viewed by the world, and that had … Continue reading

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Justin Bieber (Brianna Simkowski)

Danielle Costello and I ventured to see the one and only Justin Bieber perform in London.  They held a free performance for those who got up at a crazy early time in the morning to get a wristband.  Luckily I … Continue reading

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