A Netherlands Education

With the first period finals around the corner, I find it appropriate to blog about my classes here in the Netherlands. As an automatic reaction, I was going to write about the differences between school here and back in the United States. However, the more I thought about it, it is not that much different…

Engikaret & Updates!

I apologize for the long lull in communications; the internet here has been extremely unreliable for the past couple of weeks, so this post is a long one! Some updates from last post: We’re getting (dare I say?) a lot better at Swahili, although we still mess up here and there. The other day, I…

My Last $100

100 dollars goes a long way in Pune (well, at least it feels like it to me). Roughly, 7,000 Indian rupees totals to about 107 dollars, so I’ll tell you about those spent rupees and convert it along the way!   1,000 rupees ($15) – Riksha Rides Each day I take a riksha to get…

Florence At A Glance

Ciao! My name is Kori Looker. I am a senior at Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin. For the fall semester, I am studying with seven other individuals in Florence, Italy. This is the first time I have traveled by myself and the first time I have ever left the United States. For this being my…

food food food

Two weeks ago, our small ACM group traveled to Petropolis. While we were there we had lunch at an Italian restaurant by the Imperial Palace museum. However, this hasn’t been my first encounter with Italian food. There are many Italian restaurants, and Italian food in general, all over Rio de Janeiro. It has been interesting to…

My First Week in Shanghai

On Wednesday, September 13th I completed my first full week at East China Normal University. It went by a lot quicker than I thought it would and I am glad that I am starting to get into a routine for the semester. I arrived at the Pudong International Airport on September 6th and was picked…

Our First Month in Pune!

Hi there, finally checking in for ACM India Fall 2017! We’ve been in Pune for almost one month now, and we have seen and experienced so much in that time. Due to lack of Wi-Fi, this first blog has been delayed, BUT I’ve figured it out so now it is time to update you on…

Special Collections at the Newberry

On Thursday, Sept. 5, Director of Reader Services and Curator of Americana, Will Hansen, showed our class some of the special items in the Newberry Library’s Ayer and Graff collections, which specialize in American Indian, Westward Expansion, and early Western American history. This showcase had very old, historical items that we could potentially use as…

Amazing Roommates

Every night is like a slumber party with my roommates, Shannon and Georgia. Having never had roommates before, Shannon and Georgia are the best roommates I could have ever imagined having. In the past few weeks hat we have lived together, we have taken numerous trips to the grocery store together, have taken many walks…

Chinatown Chicago

On Wednesday, Sept. 4, my classmates and I met our professors and Marlee Stein of ACM to visit the Riverwalk to catch a water taxi to Chinatown. Leaving Canterbury Court Apartments, we first took a public bus, which was my first time doing so in Chicago, to the water taxi stop on Dearborn and descended…

First Night Out

At 4:30p on the first Sunday of the Semester, fifteen Newberry undergraduate scholars met outside Canterbury Court Apartments with two professors, Bill and Eric, who would become our mentors (and friends) for the next four months. Seemingly forced and awkward conversations ensued and everyone had nerves of anxious excitement. I introduced myself to my classmates…

Arriving at Canterbury Court

When I arrived at Canterbury Court Apartments, I quickly took note that the building was much smaller than it appeared in photos and that it was in an incredible neighborhood. I dragged my three large duffle bags into the lobby after my Uber dropped me off in front of the building, and inside, I stood…