An Unexpected New Home

Story by Sherilyn Gautama, Study Abroad⎜Photo by Victoria Romulo As an international student who moved out when I was 15, I am used to adapting to new places and shifting homes. It’s interesting as a teenager to have changing definitions of what a home is, and I felt that the most when I was in…

The Enigmatic Russian Soul

Story and Photo by Rintaro Nishimura, Dialogue of Civilizations Exploration comes with surprises and discovery. My summer escapade to explore a new culture led me to discover the enigmatic Russian soul. Culture is the values, beliefs, and traditions of a group of people. We delved into the enigma through four main topics: architecture, food, society, and…

Get Outside

Story by Amelia Aldrich, Study Abroad ⎜ Photo by Margaret Sweeden There are few places in this world that embrace nature so effortlessly and without hesitation. Whether it be simply taking a moment to appreciate the clear blue skies and favorable surfing conditions, or disregarding responsibilities for the day and heading out on a hike instead, the…

The Barefoot Philosophy

Story by Chelsey Harmer, Dialogue of Civilizations ⎜ Photo by Maria Virginia  Sitting on the ground in a circle, barefoot, metal trays in front of us, watching the locals skillfully eat a heaping plate of dal, rice, and roti without using any silverware. Children from a nearby village wandering over to play, learning their names…

China Through a Photographer’s Lens

By Kristin Terry I wanted to visit China ever since I was little, to see the Great Wall and the pandas and experience the culture that so many of my friends were apart of. I started learning Mandarin Chinese in high school, and once again felt the desire to visit China, to immerse myself in the…

Discovering the Russian Enigma

By Malayah Redmond, Dialogue of Civilizations When I was searching for dialogues to apply for in the summer of 2017, I knew that I wanted to join a program that would complement my studies and also take me somewhere I had never been before. And given that I had never traveled outside the U.S. before, I…

Grappling with Climate Injustice in Cambodia

Photo by Allason Hsu, ISF Academy Story by Anthony Zunino, Global Co-op What words and images come to mind when we hear the term “climate change”? Sea level rise, smog-choked skies, a polar bear stranded at sea. When discussing climate change, the narrative tends to focus on its geophysical effects, but across the world people are…

Equestrianism: Luxury Sport or Hobby?

By Darshan Hagalahalli Shrinivas, Global Co-op When I first heard about global co-op, I thought I would go to a place where I had never been before, and to meet different people and exchange cultural views. However, my strong love for the place where I grew up led me back to Bangalore. Bangalore, also known…

To Be a Traveler in Your Own Home

Story by Nina Rossiter When we think of study abroad, we often think of going to a place that we’ve never been to before, diving into new experiences and exposing ourselves to new cultures. I, too, had that imagination, but after picking up a Chinese minor, I was led back to China, where I had grown…

The Danger of a Single Story

Story by Connie Dayina “I had never been outside Nigeria. We didn’t have snow, we ate mangoes and we never talked about the weather because there was no need to,” Nigerian writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie said in a 2009 TED talk. “My characters also drank a lot of ginger beer, because the characters in the…