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Real Friends

Tsinghua University is arguably one of the best universities in China. Besides its current reputation, the university and its grounds have been subject to the burdens of upheavals, wars, and challenges of China during the 1900s. Nevertheless, it persevered. Every day I wake up and remind myself to do something that will make me remember ...

Brussels, Pre-Departure: The Visa

The process of getting to Brussels was surprisingly hellish and knowing that I would be blogging the whole time, I thought over the summer that I would dedicate my first Study Abroad Blog posts to tips for the process. Unfortunately, by the time I actually started writing, I had done so many things that I ...

Eating My Way Through Amsterdam

My friends and I went to Amsterdam this weekend, and although I didn’t expect it at all, Amsterdam had a really incredible food scene! Seriously, everywhere we walked, we could not stop freaking out about how cute, trendy, and delicious all of the restaurants and cafes were. Come along with me on my food journey ...

Paris, Je T’aime!

I’ve mentioned a few times that I’m a French immersion student. I’ve been learning the language since I was four years old and have grown up learning about France, especially Paris, without ever having seen it. I missed out on an exchange trip when I was in middle school and have always regretted that. So, ...

Finals Week & A Family Visit

Even though finals week is looming, this past week has been a pleasant one. As a student, there’s no better feeling than turning in a major assignment and feeling the weight lifted off your shoulders. Additionally, summer has finally decided to show its face in Melbourne, bringing sunny skies and perfect beach weather. My parents ...

Giving Back in Brussels

As I’ve mentioned before, my internship is with European Network of Cultural Centres, where we work as a “network of networks.” I had the opportunity to visit a local cultural centre here in Brussels and volunteer for the day at De Kriekelaar.   Cultural centres in Europe are like community centers in America multiplied by ...

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An American in China

If you are an American traveling abroad you will face judgement, both good and bad. People will ask you questions, expect answers from you, they will silently judge you, and most of all they will want your opinion of your government. With all the questions I’ve been asked such as: What do you think of ...

When in Rome!

I recently paid a visit to Rome and spent the weekend eating pasta and pizza! Seeing as my diet back home consists of a rotation of Mexican, Italian and Chinese food, this was definitely a dream come true.   Though I went to Rome in November, I actually bought my tickets WAY in advance. Think, ...