Brendan Wirth | København, Danmark | Post 1

Brendan Wirth | København, Danmark | Post 1

Featured Image: Nyhavn, København, Danmark I didn’t really take time to consider that I was going to be studying in Scandinavia during the winter prior to departure. Sure, this is a “Spring Semester,” but that’s not realistic. Spring doesn’t really happen here. The Sun also doesn’t happen here. Okay, that one’s a lie; the Sun makes a brief appearance every day, but I’m rarely outside to see it. Though our days are getting longer, the sun rises while I’m in…

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Laila Volpe | Paris, France | Post 1

Laila Volpe | Paris, France | Post 1

Featured Image: The Louvre at night When I first decided to go to Paris for my study abroad experience, I already knew all the stereotypes of French people: that they hated Americans, were rude, and carried around baguettes with them all the time. Surprisingly, the third stereotype turned out to be more true in my experience than the other two. I’m not exaggerating when I say I’ve seen someone casually carrying four full and uncovered baguettes under his arm on the…

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Noah Purdy | Paris, France | Post 1

Noah Purdy | Paris, France | Post 1

Featured image: Integrating seamlessly into French society by posing for tourist pictures. You’d be hard-pressed to find a French class in the U.S. that doesn’t mention terroir, the French culinary principle that says that food and wine from different places absorb unique qualities of the land, the terre, in which their ingredients grow. This concept seemed particularly relevant to the study abroad experience, a grand experiment in déracinage, uprooting—in leaving one land, gaining another and trying to make a fruitful…

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Wenjie Xie | London, England | Post 1

Wenjie Xie | London, England | Post 1

Featured image: View of the river taken from the Tate Modern I’ll let you in on a little secret. While seemingly everyone else was head over heels in love with the prospect of studying in a new city, I… wasn’t. I felt guilty, like I didn’t deserve to go abroad if I wasn’t positively over the moon about the privilege of embarking on this fantastical journey. It had nothing to do with where I was going—because I’d known for years…

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Chris Allen | Clifden, Ireland | Post 1

Chris Allen | Clifden, Ireland | Post 1

Featured Image: Clifden, Ireland is not just a one-horse town. By my count, there are at least seven equines. To some degree, Clifden is a unique setting in which to study abroad: not a large metropolitan university in a place like Madrid or Paris, but a remote yet lively village surrounded by the rolling coasts and vast pastures outside the city of Galway. It’s the type of place where you might see a dog casually strolling down the street without a…

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Maria Bell | Exeter, England | Post 4

Maria Bell | Exeter, England | Post 4

Featured Image: On a walk along the Jurassic Coast in northern Devon with Exeter’s Outdoors Society As the vast majority of Vassar students studying abroad last term are settling back in at Vassar, I’ve returned to the eccentricities of life in southwest England. Coming back to a place that is both still foreign and also home produced a mix bag of emotions—it was harder than I imagined watching my friends reunite in the comfortable familiarity of Vassar’s bubble as I…

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Kimberly Nguyen | Exeter, England | Post 5

Kimberly Nguyen | Exeter, England | Post 5

 Featured Image: Throwback to my *very first* trip to Stonehenge. It seems like just yesterday I arrived in England with no luggage and no money, yet those first days have already become faded blurs in my memory, replaced by much better memories during my time here. I can’t wait to go home and I can’t bear to leave all at the same time. I have yet to pack up my room, and I have yet to finish my final assignments…

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Maria Bell | Exeter, England | Post 3

Maria Bell | Exeter, England | Post 3

Featured Image: Looking towards The Coffee Cellar and other shops set into the bank by the river in Exeter. So my fall semester at the University of Exeter has come to an end! Unlike for many other Vassar students studying abroad, my end of term didn’t come with a sense of finality. Rather it brought with it the feeling that I have slowly built a foundation for myself, a launching point for next term when I return to England. There is…

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Evelyn Frick | St. Petersburg, Russia | Post 5

Evelyn Frick | St. Petersburg, Russia | Post 5

Featured Image: A view of the Russian Orthodox Church in Helsinki. I hate being in-transit. Don’t get me wrong, I love seeing new places, I just dislike the in between part; the part where one gains or loses time, and isn’t home but hasn’t reached the final destination either. This feeling of liminality is further highlighted by how gross traveling makes me feel. Without fail, every time I enter an airport, I am some level of exhausted and slightly sweaty. And…

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Kimberly Nguyen | Exeter, England | Post 4

Kimberly Nguyen | Exeter, England | Post 4

Featured Image: My friends like this photo the most and sometimes you just have to trust your friends. “And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.” ― Anaïs Nin You and your friends have been planning for this day since you’ve met. You’ve had your dress since October and you’ve been learning how to contour for a month. Your bronzer is new and so is…

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