Category: Personal Growth

How to Feel (Krista Hove)

Originally I was going to write my last blog on how it felt to return home from Italy, however I have not yet left. I will be getting home in two days and I am full of many mixed emotions. So because I don’t have time…

Sometimes You Have to Laugh (Casey Olson)

So let’s begin by stating that most people travel abroad because they are open to risk.  When making a decision to travel, there has to be knowledge that not everything is going to be perfect and that’s what makes it exciting.  Discomfort needs to happen so we…

The Final Countdown (Amber Duerwaechter)

Here it is. The final countdown. Many students in my program have already left to go home which makes it seem like my turn is much farther off than just 2 days. I’m finding myself frantically trying to take in every last minute but also, very…

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.…

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…

Stillness and Silence in Camino (Alyssa Wolan)

Albergue: 5 euro nutella: 2.50 euros hiking boots: 15 euros camino: PRICELESS Galicia is a northern province of Spain that is home to one of Europe’s most famous pilgrimages.  It is believed that the remains of the apostle St. James are buried in Santiago de Compostela,…

What I’ve Come to Learn (Cindy Frisch)

Being away from home for nearly five months made me realize: -I knew I loved my family and friends from home, but I didn’t recognize how much I didn’t go with anyone I knew and I’ve never really had to be completely on my own before.…