Tag: travel

An Italian in Philly: the challenges of being an exchange student

I’m writing this article as I’m sitting on the bus, admiring once again the skyline of Philadelphia, that will take me to New York for the second time this month. It’s probably not the most usual time to write about the challenges of being an exchange student, yet a part of me feels a bit ...

Culture Shocks: Germany to Philadelphia II

Continuing from my last blog post here, I will be mentioning a few more culture shocks I have had since moving from Germany to Philadelphia. More Expensive: The cost of living is relatively expensive, at least when compared to Germany, and probably Europe in general. The cost of goods and services, from anything between grocery ...

Bauhaus’s Field Trip

Can you believe that it’s mid-November already? Like, it was just like yesterday that I got to Bremen and started my exciting term. Now every corner and every store is full of Christmas decorations. They begin bringing the holiday spirit very early this year. I celebrated the end of October on a field trip with ...

Phillies for the World Series

The first half of this week primarily consisted of attending my classes during the day and spending time with my parents in Center City at night. Tuesday night we went out to Cleavers, a cheesesteak place in Center City on 18th and Chestnut. There I got ordered myself “The Cleaver” — a cheesesteak with one ...

Halloween in the US

This week marked the beginning of the second half of the Fall quarter here at Drexel. Looking back, my first two months here in the US have really flown by. With six weeks of classes under my belt I think it’s safe to say that I have, or at least really should have, a decent ...

An Italian in Philly: best and worst foods

I don’t think I’ll shock anyone by saying that, as an Italian born and raised in Italy, food is a very sensitive and important topic for me. In this post I’ll list my top three best and worst foods I’ve tried so far in the United States. I’ve only been here for two months so ...

Things I Wish I Knew Before Studying Abroad – Rome, Italy

Najifa Hussain, ’25, is a Management Information Systems major studying at the American University of Rome this Fall 2022. It has officially been about two months since I have started my study abroad journey and I feel as if I have a good amount of knowledge to spread on this topic. In my previous blog ...

Ins and Outs of the Hong Kong Transportation System

After living in Philadelphia for a few years, I’ve become pretty familiar with taking public transportation, but it’s something that I have to use every single day in Hong Kong.  HK has a notoriously sophisticated transportation system that makes every area easily accessible, and I have so many options when it comes to traveling from ...

Trinity Electives: The Climate Crisis- Why are we stuck?

One of my main objectives in planning my courses at Trinity College Dublin was to expand my academic focus and explore topics of my interest outside of my main field of biology and medicine. An intriguing course I am currently taking is part of the Trinity Elective modules, which are interdisciplinary courses tackling key societal ...

An Italian in Philly: 10 Cultural Shocks – Part 2

To continue where we left with my last article here are five more cultural shocks that I’ve experienced as an Italian living in Philly. #5 Cost of living This point might not exactly fall into the cultural shock category, but it surely was shocking for me. The cost of living in the USA, especially in ...