Posts Categorized: NUAbroad

Mundanity in the study abroad experience

Everyday when I step outside the apartment, it’s hard not to feel like I’m on some extended, ridiculously long vacation rather than somewhere I’m actually just trying to live my life. Every shop and every bar feels like a potential opportunity that it’s up to me not to waste. One thing I’ve had to (force… Read more »

Aperitivo, Risotto, and Cheese, oh my!

I would be lying if I said the food wasn’t a large deciding factor in my decision to study in Milan. Besides being obsessed with Italian culture my entire life, I also happen to be a major foodie and Italian food is my absolute favorite. And trust me, Milan has NOT let me down. One… Read more »

Paris Paris Paris

So, I live in the 5th arrondissement of Paris, on my own in a small former maid’s room (dit chambre de bonne en français). Naturally, I don’t have particularly close relationships with my neighbors on the lower floors of the apartment building, who are all much more francophone and much older than I am, so… Read more »

Affirmative Action, dit “Discrimination Positive”

  “What do you consider yourself?” “Probably a liberal.” “Oh well, you know we say that the American left is about the same as the French right.” – an excerpt from a recent meeting I had for a group project.   I’ve had various opportunities through my Legal Studies curriculum and my Speech Team experience… Read more »

Midterm Wake-Up Call

Midterm season in Milan is finally over and what a wake up call it truly was. Classes at Bocconi are very comparable to Northwestern classes in terms of difficulty, but not so much in terms of how you are assessed. At Northwestern, your grade is typically broken down into multiple categories including but not limited… Read more »

arrivederci America!

I have always been obsessed with Italy and it’s culture and have always had a deep connection to Italian culture and arts. For these reasons, my decision to study abroad in Italy was one of the easiest decisions I’ve ever made. I will be attending Bocconi University in Milan for the fall semester, and I… Read more »

One Month In

Bonsoir! It’s Sunday evening here in Paris, and I’m finally taking some time to sit down and stream-of-consciousness out some little sentences that will eventually get strung together into a coherent blog post. But first, some scene-setting: it’s cold, gray, been sprinkling all day, and I feel mildly sick. But I also had one of… Read more »

Reflection

Upon reflecting on my experiences in Singapore, I came to realize that I have grown, both personally and professionally. I came to Singapore with little to no idea what I wanted to do in the future. Sure, I had my economics classes where I learned about some theory about banking and how our financial system… Read more »

Singaporean Diversity and Politics

A mosque in Singapore ^ I think if there’s one striking difference between the US and Singapore- it’s the diversity that’s here. Everywhere you look, there are people of 20 different skin colors and 10 languages are being spoken in a room at any given time. This isn’t just the “tourist-y” places but pretty much… Read more »

The Beginning of the End

Finishing up my semester in Singapore is such a bittersweet feeling. It feels like I just arrived off the plane with my giant luggage in tow, desperately hoping that I’d adjust to the intense heat and humidity quickly. While I still haven’t adjusted to the weather here after 4 months, most everything else about Singapore… Read more »