More Than Just Its Wars and Conflicts

Story by Taylor Niederland, Global Co-op⎜Photo by Taylor Niederland “You’re co-oping in Syria?! … in Siberia?!” “No, I’m co-oping in Serbia,” I said, impatient and tired of people confusing my co-op location. “You know, it’s an Eastern European Balkan country that was formerly part of Yugoslavia.” “Oh, that country. I got it confused.” I had…

Inspired to Act

Story by Nile Drochak, Dialogue of Civilizations⎜Photo by Annie Sigl As I shoved my unfolded clothes into my suitcase and snatched my passport while rushing out the front door for the airport, I thought, “Wait, where exactly is Bosnia and Herzegovina? And is it one or two different countries?” At the time, I did not know that…

What’s So Special About Geneva?

Story by Marcus Mahtemework, Dialogue of Civilizations⎜Photo by Marcus Mahtemework We all have colorful expectations of studying abroad. Whether the charm lies in experiencing native cuisine, absorbing the local culture or attempting to speak a foreign language with the people of the country, most of us welcome the opportunity to study outside the United States…

A Day In The Life Of A Student Living In The “Happiest Country On Earth”

Story by Miracle Olatunji, Study Abroad⎜Photo by Miracle Olatunji Year after year, Denmark has been consistently voted as the happiest country on earth.   This is in part due to cultural practices that emphasize happiness and the high quality of life that many people here enjoy. The Danes have a cultural practice known as “hygge” (pronounced…

“Amsterdam’s Market-ability”

Story by Lindsay Lowery, Study Abroad⎜Photo by Will Lake The lure of class-free days with no responsibilities is exemplified in students’ love for Fridays. In Amsterdam with no Friday classes, I had the whole city at the feet. My only limits were the money on my metro card or my exhaustion from biking. Fridays quickly…

Pub Culture: More than just a Pint

Story by Erin Cutroneo, NUin⎜Photo by Danielle Vandre I am of the NU.in legacy: a newly accepted freshman who elected to go abroad their first semester of college instead of jumping straight into the “typical” college experience. I chose to go to Dublin, Ireland mainly because my name is Erin, which literally translates as “Ireland.”…

Yellow Fury

Story by Gabriela Bentham-Garcia, Global Co-op⎜Photo by Silvia Diaz We all have romantic visions of studies abroad; meeting interesting people, eating exotic cuisine, and traveling where maps and GPS’s are stumped. I had a similar vision of what my semester in Paris would be like: four months of crêpes, croissants, cathedrals, Courbets and saunters along the…

When an American Girl Meets an Italian Samaritan

Story by Jolaade Okanlawon, Study Abroad After spending four months attending a study abroad program at John Cabot University, I decided to pursue my own passion of traveling solo for a couple of weeks and with my visa ending on May 22nd, I still had the liberty to do so. On May 5th, I hopped…

The Land of Jamón, Siestas, and Yankophiles

By Laura Rodriguez, Global Co-op Star Wars and Kill Bill. slang, memes, Hollywood—the diner that is. “You know, there’s movie theaters where they don’t dub the original movies in English.” It always takes me by surprise exactly how much people outside the US appreciate a culture that we as Americans fail to distinguish ourselves in….

Why is Geneva the Best Place for an International Affairs Major?

By Geerija Aggarwal, Study Abroad Laying on the sand, tanning by the lake, with a view of the Alps and ice cream in one hand; this was by far one of my best summers. Over the last 19 years, I have lived in four countries in four different continents. Although difficult at times, it has…