Tag Archives: Reflection

Routine

My second week in Ireland completely flew by. I’m starting to realize exactly how quickly the entire summer will go. Having a full-time internship abroad is an extremely valuable experience and I’m learning so much, but it really makes time fly when I’m not in the office. I’ve settled into a routine here, a routine that revolves around getting to and from work. Somewhat ironically, I’m on my hour-long morning commute as I write this, reflecting on the fact that I’m already more than twenty-five percent of the way through my time here. Have I done twenty-five percent of the things I want to do? I’ve barely scratched the surface. Continue reading

The LAST Blog Post

“It was about my fifth time I was rereading my host mom’s name, “Carmen”. I had waited weeks and weeks for the information about my host family to arrive. I quickly called my mom to tell her about the family. The months leading up to the trip I was eager to tell everyone I was going to Costa Rica but, in this moment it all became real. I was going to be traveling to another country by myself. I had limited information about what I was going to be doing once I got there, and I had very limited knowledge about Costa Rica. There have been a few times this week, where I could not even talk about leaving home without crying. I honestly have no idea what I am doing and who I am going to be with.“ Continue reading

Why Would You Ever Do That?

While abroad, I have stayed in contact with a few of my friend back at home. Coincidentally, one of my two friends I have kept up with is studying abroad this summer in Europe. When messaging in our group chat I jokingly asked my other friend, “When are you going to study abroad?” This joke quickly turned into a small debate we always have. She wonders why I would want to leave Michigan and accumulate debt, when I could simply stay at home in order to work to save up money to pay for college. I think the easiest way to justify my choice is to explain the importance of experiential learning. Continue reading

This Will Destroy That

Stateside, I think we all have a vague conception of Europe as ancient, steeped in history. It’s older than our toddler of a country can hope to understand, and exists in some kind of mythic, beautiful other world. We accept this romantic narrative of lazy Italian villas in the summer, the age-old tradition of fresh bread from a local baker, and the ruins of a city playing backdrop while pining, gorgeous locals clutch a goodbye letter from their American lover, bracing themselves for that final, cheesy meet-at-the-airport-gate scene. And you know what, to some extent, that’s right. Well, parts of it. Continue reading

What It Means to Be A Tourist

Part of the ISA program includes going on two excursions; the first being to a beautiful national park called Manuel Antonio. This national park has two beautiful beaches but, in order to get to the beaches, you must walk through a lush rainforest. Monkeys can be heard in the distance, little crabs dig holes in the dirt, and sloths hang in the trees. The second excursion is the Arenal Volcano. We did not visit the volcano, but the volcano could be seen in the distance. We stayed in a secluded resort 15 minutes from the nearest town. These two excursions were equally beautiful and I thoroughly enjoyed my stay during both weekend trips. While on these trips, I began to think about tourism. Continue reading

Open to Connections

The number one problem I foresaw when studying abroad was making new friends. I am very selective when it comes to choosing friends. Friendship is one of the most important things in this life. Choosing to talk to or hang out with someone solely because you like who they are as a person is pretty profound and should not be taken lightly. Also, friends say a lot about you are as well. Therefore, I find myself being selective about the friends I make. When in a situation where I am meeting new people for the first time I simply just sit and observe in order to gauge the personalities’ of others. I realized this slightly judgmental approach would not fly when I left the country. There would only be a small number of individuals who are part of my program and an even smaller group of individuals in my classes. Therefore, I made it one of my goals to get off of my social high horse and be open to making a diverse group of friends. I was quickly reminded of this goal when I arrived in San Jose. Continue reading

From Coast to Coast

The past few weeks have been some of the most memorable times I have had this semester. I have had my family visiting for the past three weeks and having them here with me made me feel even more at home than I already have felt here in Florence. Continue reading

All the Small Things

My semester abroad is quickly coming to an end. It was as if in the blink of an eye everything has turned into memories. I am sad to be leaving, I feel like a part of me will always be left in Florence. It was tough at first, but I have learned how to adjust to a completely different life in Italy. Continue reading

Springtime in Eastern Europe

Dobry Den!

Hello, everyone. The Czech Republic is so amazing I love it here I don’t want to go back to America. The culture here is very different but you get used to it after living here in a few months. For instance, the people here are not the friendliest but they have their reasons for and I don’t blame them. They tend to keep things clean and quiet such as the surroundings, the streets, the metro etc. The scenery is wonderful, full of many parks, gardens, and trails. You name it we’ve got it. There are so many type of parks: dog parks, children’s parks, beer gardens, farmers markets, and more. This week I went to two parks: Letina Park and Parukaka. Continue reading

Thought-Provoking

That’s the only word I could think of to describe my trip to Hiroshima. Thought-provoking. The study group that I came to Japan with is privileged in the fact that there are specially planned events for us to sign up for. These vary from small occasions such as shows or bus tours, and “day trips” to various museums and cities. The biggest and most anticipated trip of the semester, however, is the weekend trip to Hiroshima. Continue reading

The Nitty-Gritty

Dobery Den! My friends

So, its been a week since my spring break and not that much has happened. Well, actually, I lied. It finally got warm in Prague, which is great because it was a brutal winter compared to living in the East Coast of the U.S. I am so glad that spring is here. It’s my favorite season of the year and it gives me the motivation to go out and see new things in Prague. Continue reading

Bittersweet

This past week I have been able to get back into the swing of school. My feelings have been up and down as we are quickly approaching the end of the semester. I am surely not ready to leave Florence, but I am more than thankful for this journey. I encourage everyone to take the opportunity to travel if it ever presents itself. You can read about new places and even see beautiful places on television, but absolutely nothing can replace the feeling you can get from traveling. Continue reading

Whirlwind Month

I am truly sorry I have been absent from my blog posts for a few weeks, but I am overly excited to share what I have been up to with you all! These past weeks almost feel like a blur due to my visitors as well as midterms. The week before spring break was designated completely to academics. I am taking five classes at LDM and had to be sure I was prepared for my midterms. I was completely relieved when all of my exams were over, and I had a huge treat waiting for me outside of the classroom! My mom, sister, and dear friend had landed in Florence the moment I stepped out of my last exam. Continue reading

Home Away From Home

I have a little over a month left here in Florence and I can’t help but be a little overwhelmed by that. Over the past three months, Florence has become my home. It is strange knowing that in a few weeks I will not be waking up to the sound of church bells outside my window or listening to the busy happenings of the city life. Continue reading