Studying Abroad for the First Time: Dos and Don’ts for Planning Your Trip

Studying abroad can be the adventure of a lifetime and will certainly be an experience you will remember forever. However, moving to a new country and school, surrounded by new people and environments can bring about unexpected challenges and moments of uncertainty. Good planning can reduce the stress in studying abroad and make the adventure…

Japan: One Final Look Back

My time in Japan has come to an end. It’s bittersweet: I’m ready to get back to the US and get to work since I now have my degree, but I’ve really enjoyed my time and how much I’ve grown as a person while abroad. I gained a ton of perspective about the world and…

Japan: You Can’t Do Tokyo In Just Three Days

My time in Japan has been winding down, so I decided to end my time in Japan with just a few days of relaxation and enjoyment by visiting Tokyo and Yokohama before heading home to the good ‘ole US of A. I even roped in one of my newfound friends from Ritsumeikan to come along…

An Accidental Side Trip to Taiwan

Funny story: I accidentally put myself on a trip to Taiwan over Christmas. It wasn’t exactly anything I expected to do, and it sure wasn’t cheap, but I’ll be darned if it wasn’t one of the most memorable experiences I had here during my study abroad. Here’s how it happened: students at Ritsumeikan University as…

Japan: Small Details Make For Big Differences

It’s interesting how much difference there is between the U.S. and Japan that doesn’t meet the eye at first. When I arrived here in Japan in early September, I had the idiotic delusion that American life is not that different from Japanese life. Of course, on the surface, that is 100% true: very few differences…

Japan: Food Heaven

Let’s talk food in Japan, because holy mother of God…the food here is just as good as you would expect. Now, before I continue, keep in mind that I’m not here on vacation, so the really expensive stuff is very much out of reach for me. (I’m saving the Kobe/Wagyu beef and Michelin Guide restaurants…

Italy: The Dos and Don’ts of Weekend Trips

I chose to study in Milan largely because of its proximity to other European cities and access to a well-connected airport. Last week, I visited my friend Belle, who had moved to Brussels at the beginning of the year to work as an au pair. As I planned this trip and my upcoming excursions this…

Train Traveling Guide

This summer as I study abroad at the University of Cambridge, having a home-base close to London has been extremely convenient! I have never been to the UK, so this was a great time to take weekend and day trips to many new places. My main suggestion is, if you’re in the UK for a…

Cambridge: New Old Routines

After being on my study abroad experience for a full week, I can say that the most important thing to experiencing the new–while not completely letting go of everything familiar–is to find old routines from your life at home and adapt them to your new environment. For me, this routine was running. At home I…

Leaving Italy

After spending six wonderful weeks in Italy, it was finally time to return back to the States. To say I was sad, would be an understatement. Never again, will I have the opportunity to live in a different country and embrace myself into the culture. Although my study abroad trip was on the shorter side,…

Italy: Public Transportation While Abroad

A learning curve while studying abroad definitely consists of using public transportation. Our first few days in Rome consisted of walking 30+ minutes to campus and the downtown area several times a day- very tiring if you couldn’t guess. After a few days, we were taught how to use the trams! The trams bring us…

England: Packing!!

Hello! I now only have one more final left to take, and then, in a few weeks I will officially be leaving Leeds! I feel like I have been in Leeds for a long time, but now that it is almost time to leave, it feels like it is ending so soon! Even though I…