Istanbul-Induced Introspection

Story by Ahmet Küçükuncular, Personal Story⎜Photo by Lucy Hoffman Never before has leaving a place behind saddened me more than when I left Istanbul in July after my brief yet mesmerising stay. Even the notion of not being able to open my eyes to the view of the Bosphorus the next morning nearly convinced me to…

The House of the Rising Sun

Story by Jack Trapp, Personal Trip⎜Photo by Jack Trapp My first thought was, “Christ it’s HOT!” Indeed, it was, as my phone indicated the temperature to be 33 degrees Celsius, which roughly translates to a thousand degrees fahrenheit. As my dad had repeatedly warned, Vietnam would be wet; when it wasn’t raining, I’d be sweating….

Alaska: Wild and Wonderful

Story by Amelia Langan, Personal Trip⎜Photo by Amelia Langan Being immersed in nature is both a humbling and awe-inspiring experience that allows us to understand our place in this vast world. Last July, I traveled to Alaska with my family for two weeks on what would transcend an ordinary vacation. Boarding the flight to Anchorage,…

The Aloha State

Story and Photo by Samantha Greig, Global Co-op In Hawaii, Aloha is more than just a greeting. Aloha is a way of life and a symbol of love and acceptance that creates the beautiful island spirit. The spirit of Aloha manifests itself in the Hawaiian culture in a plethora of subtle ways that breathe even…

Tourists Like Me

Story and Photo by Raina Levin, Study Abroad “When do you cease to be a tourist?” I had this conversation with a couple of friends in the months before I left for Peru. The three of us, who lived on the same hall our freshman year, would spend a year and a half dispersed on…

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…

Mt. Kilimanjaro Reflection

Story and Photo by Tova Lenchner, Personal Travel Every morning, 80-some odd people summit Mt. Kilimanjaro; on the morning of July 19, 2017 at about 7:08 A.M., I was one of them. When I tell people this, they are impressed, but to be honest, this was one of the easiest accomplishments of my life. Six…