Category: Fall 2019

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Holidays Abroad

This week was Thanksgiving weekend and since we could not spend it with our families we had a little Italian friendsgiving. The thing is I feel like all of us were a little bummed about not being able to be home for Thanksgiving. It is not necessarily homesickness, it is more that during the holiday ...

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The Elephant in the Room

Due to the escalation of protest activities on university campuses, Drexel University discontinued its Fall term programming in Hong Kong on November 14, 2019. The Office of Global Engagement and Education Abroad facilitated the safe departure of Drexel students after months of careful monitoring of the situation including guidance to students to avoid all protest ...

Struggling with Conversation

Several times throughout this term, I’ve encountered discussions on introverted and extroverted personas. When the question is directly posed to me, I actually feel quite restricted and boxed into two categories. Naturally, I am friendly. I enjoy conversations filled with substance and a positive exchange of knowledge and energy. However, I am also content with ...

Highly Recommend

Thankfully, I have been able to accomplish a lot while in Australia. I was able to have an open school schedule, and since I stayed on top of my work, I was able to travel around a bit. A lot of the friends and people I’ve met have been through my travel experiences. I had ...

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Genuine Chinese Food

One of the most interesting aspects of my trip to Shenzhen was food. Even though we had booked a place to go for dinner, we were a bit hungry when we arrived at the city, so we decided to grab a quick bite. The closest place for food to our apartment was nearby mall that ...

In Sickness and In Health

There is nothing fun about being sick while studying abroad. I’m prone to getting sick in some way, shape, or form, regardless of where I am in the world. In the previous post, you may recall that I suffered from full-on foot pain, after participating in some intense surfing lessons. It prevented me from walking ...

Rainforests

I have never been a nature person. I always loved going on hikes and adventures outdoors, but plants and trees and bugs were not my thing. But since in Australia, I have been able to explore and appreciate a lot of the natural habitats and rainforests. Nature is a big part of the Australian lifestyle ...

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Shenzhen

With all the unrest going on in Hong Kong right now, I have decided to return home earlier. Yet, there is still one last trip that needs to be completed. That is the trip to Shenzhen! Shenzhen is located in Guangdong province in South China. Surprisingly enough, it is only an hour’s bus drive from ...

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My unexpected “two weeks notice”

After eight seemingly perfect weeks at the University of York, the University and College Union (UCU) announced a ten-day strike affecting 60 universities throughout the United Kingdom. The strike, which was scheduled from November 25th until December 4th, created a platform for university professors to voice their concerns for equal pay, proper pension plans, and ...

History of Australia

It’s crazy how little I truly knew about Australian history prior to coming here. A penal colony once occupied by mostly prisoners turned into a global city. My Australian studies class focuses on the history within the different suburbs in Sydney and basically the history of how it came to be. A main focus in ...