Category: Summer 2019

Adventures in Dublin

My first week in Dublin has been quite an adventure! I have never traveled to Ireland or this area of Europe before, so I wasn’t sure what to expect. Our apartment is located in South Dublin, right next to the famous Guinness Storehouse. Dublin is honestly very similar to Philadelphia. Both cities are very historic ...

Packing: A Traveler’s Rite of Passage

The best part about traveling is, well, traveling. But in my opinion, the worst part by far is packing. Simply put, it’s one of my least favorite activities in the whole wide world. Between traveling every year to my mother’s home country and a nine-week iSTAR stint in Malawi last summer, you would think I’ve ...

Kew Gardens

Kew Gardens is just a 40 min tube ride away from central London and transports you into a completely different environment. No skyscrapers in site, the vast stretch of land provides a playground to explore for hours. At the moment, Dale Chihuly’s glass sculptures are scattered throughout the gardens and draws everyone to take pictures ...

Objectivity When Learning About Conflict

It’s super easy to fall into the trap of bias especially when surrounded by those who feel similarly to you. Nonetheless, it is immensely vital when learning about conflict to consider both sides of view and to be objective. It is very difficult to completely eradicate your bias because much of it goes unnoticed, however ...

Saving Money in an Expensive Country

Travel is not cheap and I’m almost positive that just about everyone can agree with that statement. It may seem daunting but don’t fret because anyone can be financially responsible and can also have fun. When studying in a group, it is inevitable that you will be studying amongst those of very different economic backgrounds. ...

The Beauty in Learning about Tragedy

Placing beauty and tragedy in the same headline is an obvious oxymoron. However, the true intensities of conflicts within communities abroad often go unnoticed. Yes, of course the media has its own portrayals, but seeing (especially on TV) is definitely not believing. Believing is walking the streets of Derry and Belfast, standing on one side ...

Dover- An Under Appreciated Gem

A brief guide to exploring the White Cliffs of Dover

Sustainability in London

Since arriving in London a week ago, I’ve noticed that the city is extremely conscious of its role and responsibility in being sustainable. I’ve followed British activists and social media influencers online for years and always noticed how passionate they were about the subject. I always assumed that they were speaking up against climate change, ...

The trials and tribulations of being a first time traveler

The Dublin + Amman trip is my first time in Europe and the Middle East and only my second time out of the country because I went to Canada when I was 12. However, since I was so young it feels like I have truly never been out of the country and everything is very ...

Leaving (*gasp*) Before The Quarter is Over..

If you’re like me and have decided to go on a study abroad trip that begins before the quarter and finals are over, do not fret! (That means you Dublin + Amman students!) IT. IS. POSSIBLE. Unfortunately due to the timeline of outside travel organizations, sometimes they do not accommodate for the unique-nature of the ...