El Cubañol

Lauren LaLonde Major: Political Science and Spanish CIEE: Cuban Studies-University of Havana, Fall 2018. Today marks exactly one week that I have been in Cuba, but it sure feels like longer (in a good way)! I have already had some amazing experiences, met great people, and begun to look at Cuba through a new lense….

“Cuba….are you serious??”

Lauren LaLonde Major: Political Science and Spanish CIEE: Cuban Studies-University if Havana, Fall 2018. “Cuba….are you serious??” That’s the reaction that I got from almost every person that I told about my plans to study abroad in Cuba this semester (especially my parents). And right about now, as I’m sitting in the airport in Grand…

The Best and Worst of Iceland

Hey Y’all, It’s been a couple of weeks since I have been home, and I owe my loyal followers a summary of my trip to Iceland. I am still trying to wrap my mind around all that I saw; so to ensure that I don’t ramble too much, here is an extensive list of my…

No WiFi, Little Notes and Fun Stories

Carly Baldwin Majors: Early Childhood Professional & Spanish Education, Service, and International Development in Nepal, Summer I, 2018 Before going abroad, I made sure to contact my phone provider to update them on my whereabouts for the time I was going to be abroad. Although I did this, it was mostly for safety reasons for…

Experience A New Way Of Life

Brenda Martinez Global & International Studies Major Beijing Language and Culture University (BLCU), Fall 2017 I traveled to China to study abroad in Beijing, one of the largest cities in the world for a semester all by myself. My study abroad experience had to be one of the hardest challenges I have faced in my…

A Home Away From Home

Teresa Turner Major: Film, Video, & Media Studies Minors: French, Journalism Lyon Summer Program, France, Summer II 2017 I have now been in France for 3 weeks today. My French has improved more than I’d have hoped, I’ve created a ton of new friends, and I am much more accustomed with the city. The last…

How to Cape Town: Budget, Side trips, Food, and More

Marshall Lewis Advertising Major University of Cape Town, South Africa Spring Semester 2017 Howzit, This is the typical greeting when you talk to someone in Cape Town. I have been having the time of my life here and I am very excited to write about it and motivate others to study abroad and definitely think…

Making my way around Stockholm

Keagan Gay Major: Public Relations Minors: Sociology, Global & International Studies, and Journalism Program: Stockholm University, Sweden Directions are not my thing. Many people are born with this great sense of direction…not me. When I arrived in Sweden I was very worried that trying to navigate my way around would be impossible. To my surprise,…

In’s and Out’s of Germany So Far

Daniel Lopez Accountancy Major German Business and Culture, Germany Summer I short-term faculty-led course When I arrived to Germany I tried to exchange money at a teller however they did not want to exchange the $50 bill that I had as apparently it was “too old and worthless” my first attempt was an epic failure….

Germany: First Impressions

Juan Carlos Pastor Accountancy Major German Business and Culture, Germany Summer I short-term, faculty-led course When I first arrived to Germany, I exchanged my US Dollars at the nearest currency exchange in the airport. I was a little worried at first because I had visited the currency exchange booth but saw nobody there. So I…

A Year’s Time

Holly Toner Rikkyo University, Tokyo, Japan Major: Japanese I remember first thinking of study abroad. How long should I stay? When you’re only considering it, one semester seems like it’s a long time. We are all strongly encouraged to stay longer than a semester and after my first month here I couldn’t believe that some…