Category: Fall 2017

Lǚyóu Xiānggăng (Exploring HK)

Getting to know the place you’ll be living for 4 months is extremely important. Even if you think you know all the hot spots of the city through research and word of mouth, it is great to go out and see it with your own eyes. In this post, I am going to talk about ...

Welcome Week Wisdom

For those that don’t know (which I guarantee is most of you), the University of Mannheim throws together a ‘Welcome Week’ for all of its incoming exchange students. It’s a wonderfully chaotic time consumed with running around campus completing random University requirements for enrollment. However, this is also an incredibly lucrative time to make some ...

#CHAAAARGE: paintball & rafting near the border

SNU Buddy, a group of awesome people, was only able to take 99 people to the paintball and rafting event. Because we have about 500 people total, we had to register by commenting on a signup post on Facebook. Nick (Exchange, Australia), Sandon (Exchange, Australia), and I met up together to make sure that all ...

Heather in Rennes: the French Dis-Connection

The first things I saw when I got to the Charles De Gaulle airport in Paris were a McDonalds and a Starbucks. After the sleepless eight hour plane ride, I didn’t know whether I felt comforted by the familiarity or disappointed by it. A classmate and I had arrived together. We were both doing CIEE’s ...

Stepping Into Your New Life

Armed with my passport in one hand, all of my important documents in the other hand, and an entire bag of Smartfood Popcorn in my stomach, I nervously stepped onto the Lufthansa flight that would whisk me away from Philadelphia, and fly me straight to Frankfurt International Airport in Germany. All week long I was ...

The Greatness of the Good Times

It feels entirely surreal that I am in Melbourne, Australia right now. My first few days here have been a blur that has me concerned: will this entire experience go too fast and pass before my eyes? This is something that I have every time I step off the plane in a new city or ...

Nǐ hǎo! Neih hou! Hello!

Nǐ hǎo! Neih hou! Hello from Hong Kong! My name is Meghan Pierce and I am a junior at Drexel University studying Electrical Engineering. For my Fall Term, I am studying abroad at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) for 4 months. I am extremely excited to be here and cannot wait ...

#stuDUYabroad: first impression of Seoul

Though this isn’t my first trip abroad, I have to say that this was the most stressful and difficult one in term of preparation. The entire process of applying to Seoul National University, including class registration and dorm application, was a mess. But that would be a whole different post. Saying bye to my little ...

The Arrival of the Exchange

“How did this day come so fast!” exclaimed my Mom, stuffing the backpack with my favorite snacks. After a long freshman year in the United States, I had just returned to my home in India for vacations and now (blame my “exploration tendencies”), it was already time to leave for a whole new study abroad ...