Category: Fall 2022

Philly to Dublin: Things I Wish I Knew Before Studying Abroad

Diaduit! That’s Irish for “hiya!” 🙂 With the one-month mark of my study abroad experience at Trinity College Dublin (TCD) in Dublin, Ireland, I am reflecting on changes I experienced at the start of this study abroad chapter. As expected with a long-term visit to a new place or country, I did experience a culture ...

Visit to The Franklin Institute, Philadelphia

On February 5, 1824, Samuel Vaughan Merrick and William H. Keating founded The Franklin Institute of the State of Pennsylvania for the Promotion of the Mechanic Arts; it opened to the public on January 1, 1934. Two weeks ago, I had the opportunity to visit the Franklin Institute. One of the major attractions to Philadelphia ...

An Italian in Philly: Comparing School Systems

Growing up I’ve always looked at the Italian school system with a critical eye, because I knew that, even if it was reputable, there was definitely room for improvement. One of the main reasons I wanted to go study abroad was precisely to experience a new school system, different than what I’ve been used to ...

Day in My Life as a CS exchange student at Drexel

I usually start my day off with a light breakfast of hot chocolate and some pastry. After going through my emails, planner, and skimming through my class notes, I head out to campus. I have about half of my classes in the CCI (College of Computing and Informatics), which, I believe, is the furthest college ...

5 Best New Foods I’ve Tried and Absolutely Loved

Everyone loves food! It gives me the best comfort when I’m stressed. My go-to is always Vietnamese food, but I also want to try new dishes from other cultures. Individually, we grow up eating the food of our cultures. It becomes a part of who each of us is. But on a larger scale, food ...

An Italian in Philly: dragons, dragons everywhere

You’re home scrolling TikToks on your phone when you suddenly receive a notification from your mailing inbox: a new email from your Drexel advisor telling you not to miss the Welcome Week sessions. You ask yourself, “What is Welcome Week?” and you decide to put it in the bucket of things to google later, which ...

A Day in The Life Studying in Roma

Najifa Hussain, ’25, is a Management Information Systems major studying at the American University of Rome this Fall 2022. Buongiorno! Starting my typical school days off in Rome is usually the same thing every morning. The school I am in places many of their students in a local neighborhood for housing, which means that there ...

Experiencing Culture Shock in Hong Kong

Studying abroad in a country that’s literally across the world is, as expected, an adjustment.  Coming to Hong Kong, I knew that there would be certain aspects of life that would be difficult to navigate; however, there is definitely a big difference in mentally preparing yourself for a life-changing trip and then actually experiencing it! ...

Classes Commence

My second week in Philly marked the beginning of classes. Going into this year I had some concerns about the academic rigor of the US college education system, especially that of Drexel. Not only was I going into a different examination system, that of continuous assessment, but I was also going into a different calendar ...

Progress update on learning German

Learning a new language has never been easy. It has a lot of blood, sweat, and tears to achieve the goal of being fluent like a native speaker. My entire childhood was dedicated to learning English, and it’s been a long journey with ups and downs. There have been times when I’ve wanted to give ...