How I Became A Time Traveler On My Longest Day Ever (Literally)

Robert Van Aartsen Japenese Major Ritsumeikan University, Japan Academic Year 2017-2018 And so the morning of my longest day finally arrived. After having plans of going to bed early, but instead nonetheless staying up to 1AM doing final small prep work— actually packing my backpack, filling my luggage and weighing, finding it was more than…

Why I Skipped Graduation To Study Abroad

Katelyn Krulek Advertising & Promotion Major HU Applied Sciences in Utrecht, Netherlands, Fall 2017 I know what you’re thinking: “Why would anyone in their right mind want to do that?” While skipping your planned graduation date isn’t actually necessary, you should really consider taking advantage of any opportunity to travel that comes your way. In my…

What To Eat In London

Tori Ford Fashion Merchandising and Design: Design and Development Regent’s University, United Kingdom, Spring Semester 2017 Okay peeps, the transformation is so real! I transitioned into the English lifestyle quite well. There was a mild culture shock in the beginning of the semester but it did not have as serious effect on me as it…

New Perspective

Teresa Turner Major: Film, Video, & Media Studies Minors: French, Journalism Lyon Summer Program, France, Summer II 2017 My journey back was a very long one, and at the time, I couldn’t wait to return home safe and sound. I took the train from Lyon to Disneyland Paris, the metro from Disneyland Paris to Charles…

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…

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…