Dinner and a (re)view in Chicago: The Signature Room

Last weekend, I drove to Chicago with my mom and my sister. I had never been there before, which seemed silly to me—I’ve traveled all over Europe but haven’t explored my own Midwest backyard.

My favorite part of the weekend was our evening spent in the John Hancock Center, which was recommended to me by a friend who has lived in Chicago for several years.

Read More

Study abroad blues

Going far away doesn’t always mean your depression will too. Read More

How to get around the UK without a car

You arrive at Heathrow airport, fresh off a ten-hour plane ride and excited to begin exploring your new surroundings. But first things first: how are you even going to get off the airport grounds? And how will you get around after that? That’s where a few transportation tips I learned from other students who had studied abroad in England before I did came in handy—and I hope they can be helpful to you, too.

Read More

Help! I don’t know anyone in my study abroad program!

Will I be lonely during study abroad?

The short answer: If you don’t want to be, no!

One of the first questions people asked me when I told them I was studying abroad was, “Are you going with other people from your school?”

Read More

Five reasons that study abroad is worth it

Is it worth it to study abroad? Is it right for me? Is it a good idea?

Two years ago, I was asking myself these questions. I had never been away from home for longer than a few days, and studying abroad was a massive investment of both time and money. I was approaching my senior year; if I chose not to study abroad, I could graduate early and get a head start on a career. On top of that, I wasn’t sure I was prepared to spend an entire semester four thousand miles away from my family and friends. There were a lot of costs and benefits to weigh—which I did, since I tend to overthink everything!

Read More