What I Discovered Without WiFi

Amber Burbon Major: Marketing Summer II Lyon Program, 2017 It’s Sunday afternoon, and I’m sitting in my bedroom in the apartment of my host family.  We live in the center of Lyon in a neighborhood called Place Bellacour.  My commute to university is a short 5 minute walk, and I live one street over from…

Reasons To Travel After Your Program

Melina Wilcox Major: Sculpture Minor: Art History Book Arts in Europe, Summer I 2017 When I was planning my six weeks in Europe—the first four of which were  apart of a study aboard program—all I had were idyllic notions of how wonderful and life-changing this journey would be. I would be remiss to say those notions…

10 things that will make you talk yourself out of not studying abroad

Mattie Kirby Major: Exercise Science Focus on Health Care: Summer School Utrecht, Summer II 2017 PSA:  Everything that will scare you about studying abroad really aren’t things that should.   When I first contemplated studying abroad it wasn’t because I wanted to. In all reality, I just had 3 credits I needed filled and didn’t…

5 Things I Learned While Abroad

Keagan Gay Major: Public Relations Minors: Sociology, Global & International Studies, and Journalism Program: Stockholm University, Sweden Have confidence in yourself Before I left for Sweden, I was terrified…stepping on that plane in Chicago was the scariest thing I’ve done in a long time. I kept telling myself that I can do this. I can…

Observations in Germany

Natalie Witham Major: Advertising & Promotion German Business and Culture, Germany Summer I 2017 Since I  arrived in Germany, there have been many culture differences. From the food, human gestures, the fashion, restaurant service and even the bathroom experiences. Germany has two foods, bread and sausage. Of course there are other things to eat but…

Culture Shock: An Eye Opener

Keagan Gay Major: Public Relations Minors: Sociology, Global & International Studies, and Journalism Program: Stockholm University, Sweden Culture shock is an interesting concept. Before I went abroad, I assumed that my culture shock would simply be trying to orient myself in a new city, and be aware that I am a long ways from home….

Experiencing Culture Shock

Kelsey Ennis Major: History and German Bonn University, Spring 2017 It’s gone over in our orientation courses about how the first day, week, or even month will be as a honeymoon. After the honeymoon there will be a decrease in interest to do things, a frustration with everything around you that’s different and an intense…

It Wasn’t Beautiful Until it Felt Like Home

Sarah Keizer German and Tourism & Travel Bonn University, Germany Spring Semester 2017 I had seen all the pictures before, of the great beautiful canary yellow Hauptgebäude, of the Rhine River and the great Cathedral of Cologne, and wondered when it would be my turn to witness it myself, to stand where history stood. When…

Two Weeks Abroad in Italy

Lauren Kondalski Majors: Marketing & Criminal Justice Paderno del Grappa, Italy “What have I gotten myself into?” My first thought upon my immediate arrival at the Instituto Flilipin. Let me talk about the major differences I have noticed between the Italian lifestyle and the American lifestyle. Bathroom: First of all, there does not necessarily need…

First Culture Shocks in Argentina

Jordyn Mott Majors: Spanish Education & English Education Spring 2017 Semester in Buenos Aires, Argentina Platform shoes. Everyone is wearing them. To me, they are hideous. But they are everywhere. Even some with fringes. On young and old people. I’m either going to leave this country wearing them or hating them. Greenery. It’s a big…

Don’t be afraid to try new things!

Maheen Gill Undergraduate graduate summer 2016- Organizational Communication Summer 2016- July through August La Universidad de Cantabria- Santander, Spain Spanish conversation, Spanish grammar, Spanish history and culture When the thought of studying abroad ever came to my mind, I just thought that it wasn’t “for me”.  I didn’t think that I was qualified, experienced, brave…