Ready To Face The Challenges

Jenna Otten Environmental Studies and Sustainability and Travel and Tourism Majors Amazonian Culture and Environment Program, Manaus Brazil, Spring 2017 Travel is probably one of the most romanticized activities in human history. When someone comes home from an adventure, whether abroad or domestic, we expect to hear stories of wonder and an overall amazing experience….

Settling In

Elizabeth Thompson English: Creative Writing Major Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester UK, Fall 2017 The first days have started to settle in, and for the time being, I’m a fish out of water. Thankfully, I exchanged currency at my bank at home before I left, so that was kind of comforting. There’s easy ways to do…

Practice Makes Perfect

Jasmine Birdsong Biomedical Science and Spanish Majors Universidad de Cantabria Undergraduate Program, Summer II 2017 Upon arriving in Spain, I was nervous. I was already told what to expect from professors and some blogs that I had read on the internet, but the experience itself was amazing. As I gained confidence in myself, Spanish became…

First Day Ups And Downs

Robert Van Aartsen Japenese Major Ritsumeikan University, Japan Academic Year 2017-2018 Moving now into my third day of Japan, I am recovering from sleep, I think, and making progress with adjusting, but I still have a far way to go. While the last days were full of nervous energy of how do I get from…

Lacking Sleep, Gaining Nostalgia

Olivia Trappen Major: Undecided Economics and Society in the Dominican Republic – Global Ambassadors , Summer II 2017. At around 1am in the night before my departure, I felt a flash of regret for allowing my pre-travel excitement to keep me up this late- a decision that would surely bite me 4 hours later when my…

Things to Do in Chicago When You’re Dead

Max Wellman Major: Creative Writing Universidad de Cantabria Undergraduate Program, Summer II 2017 Universidad de Burgos, Fall 2017 Most study abroad trips begin with a visit to the host country’s consulate office. For Spain, that office was in Chicago, and I needed to secure a visa for two study abroad programs. But, the devil’s in…

My Time In London

Rachelle Post Major: Organizational Communication Media Ethics in London, Summer II 2017 I cannot believe I leave for London in less than a week—with that being said, it would probably be in my best interest to start packing! As of right now, I am feeling quite overwhelmed and stressed about this trip of a lifetime. It’s…

Pre-Departure What If’s

Kaitlin LaRue Major: Global and International Studies and Political Science Economics and Society in the Dominican Republic-Global Ambassadors Program, Summer II 2017. Although I have travelled before to countries like China, Jamaica, Turks & Caicos, Mexico, and Canada, and studied abroad already for a whole school year when I was a junior high school, I…

Overcoming Pre-Departure Fears: London

Tori Ford Fashion Merchandising and Design: Design and Development Regent’s University, United Kingdom, Spring Semester 2017 It’s about that time! I am finalizing my studies in Fashion Design and the last thing to do is study abroad. Aside from my avid desire to travel, my major also required students to study abroad. After I switched…

Pre Departure Jitters

Taylor Bird Public Relations Media Ethics in London, summer II 2017 Hello loves, Let me first start off my introducing myself. My name is Taylor, and I am 23 years old. I’m majoring in Public Relations, and minoring in Business. Shortly after I shook President Dunn’s hand at the Summer II commencement, I was off…

How I Made My Way To Thailand

Gerald Pirkola Integrated Supply Management Business and Culture in Thailand, Summer I 2017 1. How did you decide the location of your study abroad? What factors played a role in your decision? I decided to go to Thailand for my study abroad because it was part of my major. I am a Supply Chain Management…

Part One- … Is This Really Happening???

Amanda Kuszak Major: Social Work Tourism Spaces in the United Kingdom Program, Summer II 2017 I knew in February that I would be traveling to Europe that coming July, but it never fully sank in. I was accepted into my study abroad program, Tourism Spaces of the U.K., which is a three week program. During…