Category: Term Abroad

March Towards Midterms

With two weeks of classes down I was fast approaching my first set of exams. I’m used to the Irish system in which your entire grade rests on your final exams of each semester. Therefore, smaller “bite-sized” exams or quizzes were a welcome change of pace. That is not to say that I find one ...

The Irish Landscapes: Best Day Trips/Weekend Trips to Take while Studying Abroad in Dublin

Though Dublin is full of an extensive number of museums and places to explore, my weekends are full of touristy trips to other popular cities and towns nearby. It’s been a lot of craic (super fun in Irish :)) In the past five weeks, here is a little snapshot of five of the day trips ...

5 Things to See When You Visit Austria

It’s difficult not to fall in love with Vienna and its clean, relaxed atmosphere as one of Europe’s most beautifully historic cities. I planned my trip to Vienna for late September or early October when it isn’t too chilly to enjoy wandering around the streets and the day isn’t too short. Austria is my #1 ...

Fall Arrives in Philly

By my third week in Philly sunny skies were becoming more and more infrequent and there was definitely an emerging chill in the air. Leaves began to gather on the sidewalks as the first indication of Fall. The tail end of Storm Ian made me feel quite at home funnily enough. Weather this time of ...

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 ...