1)    There is Always Something Going On There is absolutely no excuse to be bored in Londontown! Between museums, pubs, theatres, parks, historical landmarks, and restaurants, there is never a dull moment. The best part about most of these attractions is that a lot of them are free (all museums are free in London, unless it is a special exhibit) and most can be enjoyed by yourself. At Martin Creed’s “What’s the Point of it?” Exhibit   London’s nightlife is the perfect place to get groovy (I’m sorry,…

I can say with a certain level of confidence that all study abroad students enjoy traveling (otherwise why are you here?). With that shocking revelation all sorted out, I can guarantee that most of you potential or future study abroaders will be traveling most of your weekends. This is especially true for us Europe folk who have access to an overwhelming amount of countries to visit within a semester. A weekend might not seem like much time to explore a new place, but if I could ski the…

The only reason social media exists is so that we have another platform to brag about our lives, right? Regardless if you agree or disagree with that statement, picture sharing is one of the most common things to do via social networking and studying abroad automatically improves your pictures by 100% (it’s scientific fact). So grab your cameras and follow these instructions because we’re about to get artsy.    I’ve got a feeling we’re not in America anymore… (Ireland, actually)  1) Location, Location, Location Social media is a business,…

I knew before I applied for my semester abroad that I wanted to experience life as an intern. While it is a bit daunting and a little intimidating, having an internship has taught me many things and I highly recommend it to anyone interested in gaining professional skills at an international level. With that said, here are some reasons why you should intern abroad.               1)    Boost Your Résumé  This is probably the most obvious reason to intern abroad, but there’s nothing wrong with that! In this…

At this point, I was shaking It might have been nine years late, but this semester, I got my letter to Hogwarts! Everything about it was magical (if you have to ask if that pun was intend): the shuttle ride there, the sign outside that said “The Making of Harry Potter,” the Starbucks inside (I’m only half kidding), the gift shop (a.k.a. how to spend all of your money before your study abroad trip even begins), the Great Hall, the hidden snitches, the triple-decker bus, the BUTTERBEER, the insane…

The phrase, “it’s expensive, but totally worth it” might just be the death of me this semester. After being here for less than two months, I am fully appreciating how expensive living abroad can be. Hungry for some food? The average cost of a meal in London is £8 (about $13). And don’t even get me started on drinks… £9 for a cocktail will not be happening on a regular basis. Of course, these are all small purchases compared to travel expenses. My weekend in Zermatt is embarrassingly…

Ahhh, the winter holidays are some of my favorite times of the year. Everyone decides to put work and reality aside and come together to have fun and enjoy each others company. Now usually this time of the year consists of people going back to their hometown on break from university. Time is spent with your friends from home and your family, at least this is how most holiday seasons have been for me in the past. Except this year is much different because I got to spend…

London is one of the most culturally diverse cities in the world. There is so much around in the form of fashion and art. Every street, every corner, every wall, every store, and restaurant has its own unique look to it. The individual design of all the different areas is what makes traveling around the city so much fun. I haven’t been and hopefully will never be disappointed when I go somewhere, because I never really know what to expect. Every now and then I will get on…

  Brick Lane: This area is known for it’s hipsters and art work. Here you’ll find great vintage shops as well as contemporary fashion boutiques. Try a bagel, a beer, and the best Indian food you’ll ever have. Borough Market: This market is known for its selection of food. Whether you’re a carnivore of vegetarian, there’s something for you. Here I had the most amazing veggie burger ever and always drool over the beef. Camden Market: Known for its eclectic array of people–from Punks to fashionistas–the Camden Market…

It was like the summer before college again: choosing a dorm in which to spend what would surely be the best semester of my education. I remember comparing and contrasting every detail of every hall. Shared bathrooms? No thank you. Shared kitchens? Yes please. I’ll admit it, I made pro and con lists and a studied a few charts. I even researched the areas around each building.  Which had the best nightlife? Cheapest shopping? Easiest access from the Tube? I considered this among the most important decisions I…