Take it from a foreigner

Worlds Collide

Famous rapper, Nelly, once said, “drop down and get your eagle on, girl” and whilst the actual meaning of this phrase is debatable, I believe his true intention was to tell the people of our generation to spread their wings… and travel.
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Spring break or spring broke?

Worlds Collide

Breaking the bank for a distorted idea of what “fun” should be or an unnecessary worry that I’m not enjoying my year abroad enough is something I now refuse to partake in.
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Turkish politics are ruining my dinner plans

Two blocks from my apartment on the corner of a busy street is a restaurant called Sinem. From the walls to the front counter, the whole place seems to be made of glass. It’s open late and always lit up. There isn’t much in the restaurant besides chairs, tables and
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My first week in Istanbul

I am now three weeks into my semester abroad at Bogazici Universitesi in Istanbul, Turkey. It’s been mostly cold and gray here. The city smells like spiced meat and the bus driver’s cigarette, and it sounds like traffic and the Islamic call to prayer over loudspeakers. On my first morning
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Quiz: Where should you study abroad?

Picture this: You’re at the edge of a cliff that scales a few hundred meters tall and encloses a circular area. Above stretches the blue sky suffused with elegant wisps of clouds; below, you see the smooth sheen of sun-kissed sand partly covered by an exclusive lake. Many students who
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Happy Birthday

This morning, I got an email that said that my blog TodayInGalway — which was supposed to chronicle my experience abroad in Galway, Ireland in last spring — has officially turned one year old. My first thought: I have way too many emails. I really do. I currently have 5,412*
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Foxes on Bridges

The following is a work of fiction. After walking so many times around the quaint college campus, farms and parks, I feel that Lund is an empty city. Most Friday nights are spent drinking watered-down beer on the balcony during the summer I study in Sweden. My drinking buddy is
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UC Berkeley to augment study abroad model

In a Friday discussion on engagement between universities and the global community, UC Berkeley’s Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost George Breslauer discussed the ways in which the campus study abroad program is currently being adapted to more closely resemble that of Columbia University.
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A life of service

Not so funny, guise

While our college selves would still agree that picking up trash along a creek constitutes giving back to the community just as much as it did back in middle school, we now strive to be part of our environment in more integral and grandiose ways. As much as I respect
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Destination: Berkeley

It’s easy to hear the words “study abroad” and immediately think of far-off places like Spain, Brazil, South Africa or England, but the truth is that leaving Berkeley is only half the story. Each year, thousands of students flock to the University of California from every corner of the globe
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