I can’t believe I’m saying this – but, I return back to the United States in under two weeks. This semester abroad has been the most exhilarating whirlwind of an experience. It’s only been four months, yet I feel I’ve gained a lifetime of knowledge about myself and the world around me. I’ve traveled to more countries in this short amount of time than I have in my entire life and I’ve made connections that will endure any length of time or distance. Overall, I feel that I…

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…

“So… why did you choose Ireland?” This is a question I’ve gotten multiple times from friends and family back in the U.S.  They just couldn’t imagine that I’d want to go somewhere cold during the Winter season. However, coming to Dublin, Ireland was a non-question for me and here’s why: I knew I wanted to study abroad, but the options were tight because my major (Strategic Communications, Social Media) is so specific. After looking around, CEA Dublin seemed like a perfect fit. If you have read any of…

Studying abroad was an adventure I knew I wanted to experience before I applied to colleges. I applied to schools with study abroad programs that interested me from the beginning, with the mindset that, my junior year, I’d study internationally. Choosing Prague was not a difficult decision for me; it’s beautiful, fairly inexpensive, and central in Europe. I hadn’t heard much about the Czech Republic, or their language, so I knew immersing myself in their culture would take time and patience. Now that my 3 month stay in Prague…

For CEA London students every year, the Wales trip is one of the most anticipated trips planned for our program. Travel can induce a lot of stress when getting to and from a place and also seeing everything that you want to in such a short weekend trip which is what usually ends up happening when studying abroad. Instead when I went on a trip with CEA the itinerary was completely planned out and in the hands of someone else. All I had to do was sit back…

Every step in this city results in sensory overload in the most wonderful way. The views of the river as you walk across one of the many beautiful bridges, the Toro del Oro standing tall, Las Setas, the Cathedral, and most of all, the friendly locals that inhabit the streets every hour of every day. The smells are wonderful with roasted chestnuts being sold on the streets, pastry shops on every corner, and tapas bars with outdoor seating. The sounds are distinct: horse hooves tapping with carriage rides…

Before I came to Costa Rica, I did not know what to expect. I knew that my daily routine and habits would change once I went abroad. I start my days with breakfast which is always very healthy! Then I get ready for class and walk to Veritas Universidad. I have an intensive Spanish class for four hours a day! The Spanish class I am taking now is directed towards students who are interested in a career in the medical field. I have learned how to take a…

Tour around Antibes with me and you can see the life I am living right now in the French Riviera! There are so many great times to be had here on the Mediterranean. Stroll on the beach, admire the yachts, discover new, old streets, take the bus. And, of course, what would life be in France if you didn’t stop for coffee and tread every day? Enjoy the journey! Jamie CM is the Fall 2017 MOJO Blogger in the French Riviera, France.  She is currently a Junior studying…

The sun rises and here I am, in France. I was nervous for my four months abroad, but I knew I was right where I wanted to be. Everything in southern France is more beautiful than imaginable. Soon, I started to fall in love – with the architecture, the Mediterranean, the people, the food, the art and the culture. I learned that there is so much more to living than the every day grind life. Studying abroad truly taught me how to stop and smell the roses. My…