A Milestone of Personal Growth in Morocco

By Kathleen Brody Morocco is the place that is the most unlike home that I have ever visited and, for that reason, perhaps the most valuable travel experience I have had to date. Although astoundingly beautiful, it wasn’t just the vibrant colors or fragrant scents of Marrakech’s medina, mosaics, or mint tea that entranced me—it…

Exploring my Mexican-Brazilian Heritage

By Mikaela Cole When I was ten years old, I decided that I wanted to visit all fifty states of the U.S. before I turn thirty. There’s been a map on my wall tracking my progress in achieving that goal, and every time I see it, I’m reminded of who I am and what I…

Entrepreneurial Leadership and Family Business in Dubai

By Elizabeth Zona I was fortunate enough to have taken the Global Family Business Leadership course, an entrepreneurship elective offered through the D’Amore-McKim School of Business. Over spring break, Northeastern sends the class to Dubai to experience family businesses, and the region they dominate, first hand. All the businesses we visited were run either by…

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…

The Catalyst to Building Meaningful Relationships

By Shivank Taksali Countless chemical reactions occur in the human body every second of every day. These are made possible with the help of biological catalysts called enzymes. Enzymes reduce the activation energy required for a chemical reaction to take place. Similarly, we encounter a multitude of human interactions in our day-to-day routine. Shared experiences…

Education: Privilege or a Human Right?

Story by Elena Crouch Growing up, I didn’t truly appreciate the opportunity, or the value, of receiving an education. My parents didn’t have to choose which of their two daughters would be able to attend secondary school. It didn’t matter how much money my family had, it didn’t matter that my sister and I were both female:…

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…

Florence & Food

Story by Alyssa Bilotta  “If your mother cooks Italian food, why should you go to a restaurant?” –  Martin Scorsese  Food was a major part of my experience when I studied abroad in Florence.  Eating any type of meal in Italy is an event, and food holds a special place in every Italian’s day. Ever…

Importance of a Global Perspective: United Arab Emirates

Story by Zoe Murphy and photo by Hannah Zaatar Being raised between European and American cultures was a big enough disparity – or so I thought. That was until a complete shift in gears, for now a third time. At the age of fourteen, I moved to Dubai, the global crossroads in the United Arab…

Importance of a Global Perspective: Greece

Story and photo by Zoe Muprhy  I was born in Rome, but left just before my second birthday. My first words were a mix of English, Greek (my mom’s native language), Italian and a smattering of Polish from my Warsaw-born babysitter. I was well on my way to becoming a global citizen- little did I…

Importance of a Global Perspective

Story and photo by Zoe Murphy I’ve lived in six countries, across four continents, in the last twenty one years. Growing up cross-culturally has taught me lessons no classroom or textbook ever could. I see people as a collection of their experiences, rather than pigeonholing them based on their ethnicity, assumed cultural norms or traditions….

Job Title: Nursing Assistant or Friend?

Story by Caitlin Do I had no idea what to expect when I landed in Cape Town.  The only pictures I had in my head were the ones I had found online, specifically of the hospital in which I’d be interning with, as well as the home that I’d be living in.  I couldn’t have…