We often say, “Don’t talk to strangers.” We grow up fearing strangers. We fear even more when that person is from a different country or a different race, unless we cross borders and see how big the world can be, and how we can connect with each other despite being so different! Being able to study at the University of Findlay with the help of its generous scholarship I am getting that chance. It is enabling me every day to see the beauty of diversity. It is allowing me to stay in a different continent, a different corner of the earth with completely different weather.
I got to do so many amazing things during my first semester here in OilerNation. Now I know how it feels to touch snow, to make a snow angel or to just throw snow balls at your … Read More »
As someone who moved from Europe to come to Findlay for the equestrian program, I often get asked, “Do you miss home?” My answer is usually, “Only some parts.” Which is true. So, I’ve decided to share some of the aspects I miss about Luxembourg/Europe.
Multilingualism. It’s a bit strange moving from someplace where you’ll hear 4-5 different languages spoken around you on a daily basis, to a country where only one language is used/necessary in day-to-day life.
Being able to walk through the entire “city.” While Luxembourg City may be considered the country’s capital, it comes closer to the size of a large town, which makes it relatively easy to walk through entirely by foot.
The architecture. It’s a mix of old and new, depending where you are in the country/city. One of the best places to view this combination is the … Read More »
There are three things I need in this world: the Lord, free food and beaches. However, my last excursion fit none of those things. I went to the ever so stunning (and COLD) Patagonia in Argentina.
Where is Patagonia? Well, it’s a region in the south of the continent shared by Argentina and Chile. There’s no heat, beaches or coconuts — it’s all cold. As someone who has an intense love for beaches, you can imagine my face when my friends said we should explore Patagonia (umm… how about not). But as soon as we arrived, I bit my tongue… hard. It was INCREDIBLE.
We flew from the international airport in Buenos Aires to El Calafate, which is a smaller city in Patagonia. From there, we took the bus and arrived at our first destination, El Chalten.
El Chalten is, what in Spanish, you call a … Read More »
Some people dream of a weekend getaway with a beach and margaritas (and NO children). However, I had a weekend getaway that was nothing but children — I loved it!
My friend Aldrine, who is also studying abroad here, informed me about an opportunity to get away from the city and do something a little different. A language immersion program, EIA (English In Action), was seeking counselors to help with this camp out of the city. I had no idea that this trip would mark one of my favorite experiences here.
I told Aldrine that I wanted to jump on this opportunity and that they could sign me up. What was the job? To speak NOTHING but English to kids. I figured I could manage that. Next, we packed our bags and traveled to Brandsen. The countryside was tranquil and quiet (for the moment).
We had a … Read More »
After a wild couple of weeks here in Argentina, it was time to get away and celebrate Semana Santa. I needed a break from reliving freshman year and decided to take time to bond with nature. And that’s exactly what happened.
Katelyn and I set our alarms to catch a flight at the deathly hour of 5:30 a.m. to go from Buenos Aires into Puerto Madryn. I know many people hear me say that I’ll be studying in Argentina and they automatically assume that it’s bursting sunshine and warm weather —wrong. It’s no longer like that anymore, because they’re on the other side of the equator, and our spring = their fall.
It was a chilly time traveling that early. The gringo in me didn’t realize how cold it would be and packed shorts, a large towel, and all the other necessities for a beachy weekend … Read More »
I honestly have no idea where to begin. I could dedicate an entire post to my first day — that’s how intense and eventful my first week in Buenos Aires has been.
After a full day of traveling (and a flight from Miami to Buenos Aires lasting from 8 p.m. to 7:00 a.m.) it was safe to say I needed to find the nearest bed (and shower). Although tough to go from flight to flight, I left the rude immigration workers and airport behind and was astonished at the view ahead.
The trees were in full bloom and the sun was bursting with warmth. It was an hour ride from the airport to the city, but the cab driver and I talked so much that the time passed like nothing. He told me where to eat, drink, and relax. I tried to play it cool, … Read More »
For those of you who don’t know, the dashing young man in the photo is me. With one more day down to go, I will soon be studying abroad in the beautiful and bustling city of Buenos Aires in Argentina.
How long? For five months! (That’s quite some time to work on my tan). But this isn’t about fun and games — I’ll be taking a full course load and getting adjusted to a place larger than New York City. Will any of my classes be in English? The answer is nope, not a single one. Since Spanish is one of my majors, I am beyond stoked to soon be dwelling in the language of the Porteños (what people in Buenos Aires are called).
Even though it’s a long time to be gone, this isn’t my first time abroad. I spent my 2015 spring semester in … Read More »
I am officially at the Detroit Metro Airport with my roommate, Bif, for our flight – there’s no turning back now, even if I wanted to! There are countless thoughts going through my head.
Below is a list of my top ten concerns:
1. Will my ginormous suitcase pass the weight test?
2. Will they know I am an American?
3. Will language be a problem?
4. Did I bring enough Euros?!
5. How will I best communicate with my friends and family?
6. Will Bif (my roommate) and I get along with our other roommates?
7. Is eight weeks enough to see everything I want to see?
8. What is the difference between the bus, the tram and the metro?
9. Since when did Europe use military time?!
10. How do I avoid looking like a typical tourist?
Although I have concerns, I am very, very excited.
Here is a list of the … Read More »
Our last three days in Japan were spent sight seeing and shopping around in Tokyo. Tokyo is a humongous city!! I hadn’t realized how big the city actually was until I looked at the train map. It was overwhelming, but impressive at the same time. When we arrived in Tokyo we met up with a UF professor, Dr. Kawamura, who had been working with us this past spring semester.
The days in Tokyo were filled with lots of walking, train rides, stairs and good food. My favorite part of going to Tokyo was being able to meet up with one of my friends from high school who was an exchange student â€” her hometown was in Tokyo. We ended up spending nearly two days with her. I thoroughly enjoyed catching up with her and seeing … Read More »
I can’t afford to study abroad!
This is the excuse I get from many students when I ask why they don’t take advantage of study abroad opportunities. Â I am living proof that this is not a valid excuse. Â Traveling on an extremely tight budget is not easy and sometimes can be very frustrating, but in the end, is rewarding in its own way. Â Here’s why:
I get to dig my hands into one area. Â When I was in London, I didn’t have money to go with the group on their travels to Paris, Wales and Ireland. Â However, I was able to explore the ins and outs of the city. Â I went as far as I could go with my tube pass, then hopped on a bus and ventured from there. Â At the beginning of the day, I would plan how and where … Read More »