Leaving Ireland and returning to my last semester at my home university is one of the most bittersweet things I have ever had to go through. Dublin has become my home in the past three months, and I have loved every minute of my time here. Looking back on my time in Ireland, I would not change anything for the world. I have explored almost every part of Ireland, and met so many amazing people from Ireland, and all around the world. I may have been one of…

Throughout my entire study abroad experience, I have been extremely impressed with CEA (and this is not because I am blogging for them). You don’t really understand all the little things CEA does that you wouldn’t have with another program until you land in a foreign country. Everything form setting up your accommodations, arranging excursions and cultural experiences, The fact CEA organized and rented me an apartment with roommates for the four months I am here makes a huge difference. Another thing different about CEA that I didn’t…

Living in a different country and learning a new language can be difficult to say the least. You might feel like language barriers are squeezing you into a tunnel when all you want to do is communicate globally. I have spent four months in a country with a different language. Some language barriers did arise, but hereare three techniques I learned to help adapt to French and ultimately do what I came here to do: immerse myself in the French culture. Implementing these techniques in any country with…

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Rome is a beautiful city with sites to see around every corner. Before I left, everyone loved to tell me that I could live in Rome my entire life and still not see everything. I finally believe them. In an effort to see as much of Rome as I could (and to maybe catch a sneaky glimpse of the Pope walking in the gardens), I decided I would take the trek up to the top of St. Peter’s Basilica. After paying my 6 euro to get in, I…

As a Communication Major, I think it is vital to career growth to learn how to communicate and build relationships in a culturally diverse setting. Making friends and going to lunch with students from different countries helps better understand cultural differences.   International Business School Makes Learning More Culturally Diverse My international business class has students from 17 different countries and is taught by a professor from England who lives in France. I believe it is a much more interesting and globally diverse class than learning international business from an…

Dublin can be described as a small big city. Within a few weeks, it’s very easy to find your way around. No one really uses street names for directions, you find your way based on landmarks. Whenever you’re lost, you look for the large needle, named the Spire, to find your bearings. Walking and public transportation is the main way to get around, and here’s a typical day for me walking, traveling, and having a great time in Dublin! Cali F. is the Fall 2017 MOJO Photographer in…

I love the Mediterranean, so it was an absolute pleasure to be able to volunteer for Nettoyons La Nature (Let’s clean up) day! This event was organized in cooperation with Mediterranée 2000, an association that aims to protect the French coastlines and the Mediterranean Sea. We went by train from Antibes to Theoule sur Mer, which is in the Esterel Mountains to the west of Cannes.   Like everything here in the French Riviera, Theoule sur Mer was absolutely beautiful and we had a wonderful experience as volunteers! A…

After years of dreaming, months of planning, and days of traveling, it is difficult to really describe how amazing it is to be here in Rome. So what brought me to Rome? I always knew I wanted to study abroad. My mom studied in Reims, France for an entire year in college while she pursued her French minor and had an absolutely amazing experience. Last summer, we traveled throughout Europe and actually had the opportunity to return to Reims. My mom’s old roommate from study abroad still lives…

I have been here in the French Riviera for only a week but it already feels so long! I’ve decided to give  you a brief introduction to my new life here in Antibes, France. CEA is so helpful! The local CEA employee, Kristin organized two orientation days just for CEA students to help us get used to living in a new culture upside down inside out from what we are used to! Our very first weekend, Kristin took us to Monaco! We went to Monte Carlo and had…

Dear Ireland, Today, I finished my finals, junior year, and my semester abroad. I am in utter denial that my time with you is coming to a close because it has been such a wonderful and divinely messy rollercoaster. I don’t mean to sound overly sappy or cliched, but you truly have changed my life. I have been so fortunate to see and experience so many things that I know I never would have otherwise done. I wouldn’t have scaled the side of a mountain when there was an…