Posts Categorized: General

Pre-Departure: Les Plans

I’m writing this post while on the Intercampus shuttle home after my last full day of work this summer. In my backpack are a few books, assorted pens (taken from my work desk, of course), and four printed maps of Paris’ public transit system. I’d love to be able to tune out and read, but,… Read more »

Prophecy Fulfilling

As I look back on the essays I wrote before leaving, postulating what I would get out of an experience studying abroad in Hong Kong, I find that most every prediction came true. I began my study of Chinese to explore a strong budding interest in Asian language and culture. Check. I brought my violin… Read more »

Life, post london

Leaving from London was very difficult. It was not only difficult to leave the vibrant, somewhat posh, and active city, it was difficult to leave the people I met there. During my time in London I had the opportunity to learn more about what it meant to live in the center of a vastly diverse… Read more »

Traveling and Site Visits

One of the things, if not the thing, everyone most looks forward to when studying abroad is traveling. And trust me, you can get a lot of it while studying in London. London is one of the travel hubs of the world which means that you can get just about anywhere you choose from it…. Read more »

Livability of London

London…worth living in? Absolutely! The city of London is home to over 8.5 million people, which does not include the curious travelers passing through its borders each year. About 31.5 million international and UK tourists come funneling into the city every year excited to see Big Ben, the London Eye, the British Museum, and the… Read more »

International FOMO

In these days before I depart for Hong Kong, abandoning the familiar saddens me a bit. Travelling inherently holds this trap: leaving a home, family and friends behind, knowing there will be a senior-year NU football season that I won’t see, and missing the slow but steady transition from sunny days to the blistering but… Read more »

Reflection after a Long Quarter

It’s taken me forever to get around to writing this post, and for that, I am sorry. From the very beginning of the quarter, I was crazy busy, and it never really got better. From sorority and internship recruitment to my independent study and extracurricular work, every second of this quarter seemed to be full… Read more »

Final In-country Blog Post

What better way to end my in-country blogging career than to ramble and free-associate random things about Hong Kong and my exchange? Sure, there are probably better ways, but I can’t think of them. As you may be able to tell from the title of this post, my creativity has just about run dry. So,… Read more »

The Beginning of the Journey of a Lifetime

Dear readers, People say that traveling opens your mind, changes your perspective, and changes you. As I first stepped foot off my plane and onto the territory of Hong Kong International Airport, I immediately began to notice a subtle difference. Aside from the nervous excitement of being in new foreign territory, everywhere I looked, I… Read more »

Are you sure I fit onto this elevator!?

by Annalie Jiang   After living in the suburbs my entire life, transitioning to a city as grand as Paris has been completely eye-opening for me. Although it is a pretty walkable city, Paris is incredibly easy to access with my Navigo transportation pass. Seriously, I feel powerful sometimes just holding it; it literally opens… Read more »