If I asked you, “What would you rather be doing than studying right now?,” most of us could probably think of 1,001 ways to answer that question. Perhaps you are even putting it off at this moment to read this post! Let’s be honest with ourselves and admit that studying is hard. But not all aspects of it have to be difficult. To make things easier, find a favorite location on campus to learn!
Atmosphere is very important while studying. Visiting a space where you feel comfortable, and that has few distractions, will help you get the most out of your study time. Previously, my favorite place to study was located in my home. I spent many hours studying (and yes, cramming the night before a test) in that room! Now that I have moved to campus, I’ve really made it … 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’m currently in the middle of my seventh “final exam season” here at The University of Findlay. Students at colleges all over are probably cramming and pulling all-nighters, and although I too can attest to those awful activities, the public relations and equestrian programs here at UF use many alternative examination techniques. In this post, I’ll show you how unique all of my final exams are.
Public Relations Writing
Instead of having a traditional final exam, our class of eleven students is divided into two groups, and each group was assigned to create a professional PR plan for an actual client. My group worked for The Appalachian Project, a group based at The Ohio State University that works to mentor and assist students from Appalachian areas of Ohio. This is a project that we have been working on for the entire semester, so we … Read More »