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Tuesday, November 14, 2017 - 10:57

Animali Italiani: Site Animals at Ancient Attractions
Submitted by Allie Roos

There is a unique, largely unknown feature of ancient sites referred to as a "site animal." These are animals that roam about various attractions, greeting and guiding hundreds of thousands of tourists each year. I participated in two...

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Friday, November 10, 2017 - 13:30

Exercise to the Extreme: The Cape Town 3 Peaks Challenge
Submitted by Dana Calabrese

Any country you choose to study abroad in will have famous landmarks plastered over every single advertisement and piece of information that is given to you before your departure. For Cape Town, the image of Table Mountain was...

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Wednesday, November 8, 2017 - 11:27

Thoughts from an Alumna: London’s Color Palette
Submitted by Rikki Li

I once watched a video of a color-blind man seeing purple for the first time after he received a special pair glasses for his birthday. It was heartwarming to watch him tear up over what most of us would consider otherwise mundane objects: a Lysol can, the leaves of a...

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Tuesday, November 7, 2017 - 10:16

New Friends in New Places: South Africa’s Garden Route
Submitted by Dana Calabrese

I landed in Cape Town, South Africa, on a Tuesday afternoon after 19 hours of traveling the day before, and—needless to say—I was exhausted! However, that exhaustion was overcome by the excitement I was feeling since I was finally in the...

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Monday, November 6, 2017 - 11:33

Essential Apps for Study Abroad
Submitted by Sarah Kopczynski

When starting your study abroad adventure, there is often an overload of adjustments and protocols. Between regular arrival procedures and orientation meetings, you also have to purchase a phone plan or a track phone for international use. In order to...

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Monday, November 6, 2017 - 11:48

Amazing Live Music Venues Abroad
Submitted by Valerie Quickel

One of the best ways to truly immerse yourself in your host country is to go and see live music. Whether this means attending huge festivals with thousands of people or going to see a soloist at a small pub, it’s a great way to get involved and surround yourself...

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Monday, November 6, 2017 - 12:07

Mingling with the Locals
Submitted by Elsie Zuch

Making friends abroad can be hard. And if you’re not taking any courses at a host country’s university (I’m looking at you, Panther Program people), it can be even more difficult to make local friends. Traveling in packs with other Americans can be fun, but it keeps you in...

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Monday, November 6, 2017 - 12:12

Study Abroad Networking 101
Submitted by Valerie Quickel

Networking is a really good thing to keep in mind as your trip comes to an end. Before you’re on your way back home, be sure to take advantage of your new connections! Your study abroad experiences can be used to your benefit in the future, so make sure you take the time to...

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Monday, November 6, 2017 - 12:32

Safety in Numbers: A Night Stranded in Budapest
Submitted by Sarah Kopczynski

During my spring break abroad, my roommates and I organized an intensive trip through Eastern Europe. Our mission was to tackle four countries in nine days, an ambitious journey that required a lot of rigorous planning. The first half of our trip ran...

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Monday, November 6, 2017 - 12:49

Putting the “Study” in Study Abroad
Submitted by Elsie Zuch

Sometimes study abroad students—myself included—forget that the “study” in study abroad means exactly that. You’re abroad so that you can explore and immerse yourself in a new way of life, but it is important to remember that every day is not a vacation. You are...

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