Our Last Day

16 weeks has come and gone, and most of us are leaving tomorrow from our homes in Pune. It’s hard to imagine leaving a place that has become a second home. Now that leaving has become a reality, I spoke with other students from the group about their experiences here. We had a great time…

Nearing the end

As the academic semester wraps up, a lot of us have been feeling a little overwhelmed as we try to both complete our Rio bucketlist and prepare for our finals. Not only are we trying to enjoy our last days (or weeks) in Brazil but also, for a lot of us, this is our first…

A Week in the Life of a Newberry Seminar Student

Monday: All 16 Newberry Seminar scholars hustle the .4 miles to the Newberry Library from Canterbury Court to meet professors Bill and Eric for our weekly seminar class. At the beginning of the seminar, our class met three times a week—Monday, Wednesday, Friday—but now that the semester is ending and our research projects are wrapping…

Farewell Performances

It is crazy to believe that we only have one week left in Pune. This semester has both passed by slowly and quickly. 16 weeks sounds like a long time, but feels like nothing when you’re actually about to enter week 16. This past Friday, we (the ACM students) put on a farewell performance for…

Travel Advice for Fellow Explorers

One of the great things about studying abroad in Europe is the ability to cheaply travel to other European countries. While I cannot stress the importance of exploring your host country, I find it also important to explore outside of your host country as well. The world is a big place and I find that…

Español

The main reason many students choose to study in Spanish speaking countries like Costa Rica is to improve their Spanish language skills. That was certainly one of my main reasons for choosing ACM’s Costa Rican program. After almost four months of speaking Spanish on a daily basis, my language skills have improved significantly. My background…

My Community Practicum

I wrote this blog a week after returning from my homestay in San José de la Montaña about my experience working on my community practicum project, and am posting it here now.   Now that I’ve been back in San José for a week I have had a chance to process and reflect on the…

A Week in the Life

This week in the program marks a first time for me in my entire college career: 12th Week. My home campus, Lawrence University, works on a trimester system, meaning I only have 10 weeks of classes per trimester and one week for finals. All my friends are back home and finished with their schoolwork while…

Gente Maravilhosa

Cariocas, or people native to Rio de Janeiro, have a sense of calm and leisure to them that I’ve noticed has rubbed off on me. From the first day I got here, every time I seemed remotely stressed I’ve had a carioca tell me “stay calm” or “don’t worry.” “There’s always a way to solve…

My Last €100

I feel that a blog about spending your last $100 is a weird topic to write about. I get that it can put things into perspective on what that amount of money can buy and how long it can last, but when your bank decides to switch while you’re abroad and it is mandatory that…

Food for Thought

Its time to talk about the most important part of Amsterdam: the food. I am, at heart, a foodie. I literally cannot live without it. I know that my love for food stems from the delicious food in the Chicago land area and watching too much Food Network. The Dutch food was one of the…

How to Survive Being Sick in India

Being sick is never fun. However, being sick abroad can be challenging and difficult in different ways. If you do your research before coming to India, you’ll read somewhere that getting sick, especially from food, is likely to happen no matter the duration of your stay. I interviewed a few other people from the ACM…