Socializing in a Foreign City Study abroad is an incredibly unique experience where you have the chance to forge friendships around the globe. However, amidst the awe and joy of going global, it is a common concern to wonder how you will be able to socialize and build bonds in foreign territory, especially accompanied by a hefty language barrier. Have no fear because I’ve been there! After a phenomenal semester abroad, I returned to Prague as an Onsite Ambassador to put into practice some things I wish I…

It seems impossible to summarize such an incredible, life-changing experience in only a matter of words and a few photographs. You know that phrase, life-changing? Everyone who has ever studied abroad has used it to describe the experience. And before I went abroad, I’ll admit I was a bit skeptical of the term. How can going to a couple of different places totally change your life? Well, I found my answer. It does. Check out this Fresh Perspective. GROW UP Living in a foreign country is terrifying at…

Classes at Anglo-American University are an interesting mix of American and European teaching techniques. Most of my professors are American and attended American universities, and their lecture styles reflect this. The main difference is the syllabus, which is more European in style. There is less homework, so the midterm, final, projects and papers count for much more. The homework doesn’t always count for points, but if you don’t do it, you will fall behind. There is an emphasis on keeping up outside of class, with readings and homework….

Being a writer of any kind in Prague is an amazing experience, because inspiration really does lie around every corner. This was a stereotype of Europe that I expected to be an exaggeration. However, I quickly learned by accidentally getting lost in my first few days here that it’s impossible not to turn a corner and see art, architecture, a view, or even people that immediately had me pulling up my ideas Google doc. Old statues, lock-covered bridges, even things I’d never expect to stir ideas, like the…

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…

Learning my way around Prague has been a lot easier than I expected. I like to think of myself as directionally privileged, but the initial thought of taking on a foreign city was scary. After taking a few weeks to figure out the city, I can confidently say I know my way around Prague. Here are my most used modes of transportation: Walking Prague is one of the most walkable cities. Even though the uneven cobblestone streets can get to your calves and feet, everything is relatively close….

In a couple weeks I leave Prague and head back home to California. It is crazy to think I have been here for four months. The time flew by, as I was told it would. It is hard to put in words what this experience has meant to me. I’ve tried to find the right adjective to place before the word, ‘experience,’ but each time I write one down, it doesn’t fully encompass my feelings. Perhaps this is because there is no single adjective to describe what studying…

In Prague, I attend the Anglo American University, located about a 15 minute tram ride or 30 minute walk away from my apartment. The school itself is incredibly beautiful, and I tried to capture that in this video! The school itself is an old palace, and the Cafe Des Taxis, I’ve heard, is an old horse stable. The classrooms have beautiful ornate wall designs, chandeliers, and windows. I wish I could have shown y’all one, but the classrooms are often locked. I’m often in awe of the school,…

Over the past month, I have had the wonderful experience of getting to study Sociology in an entirely new culture. Back home, I chose to study Sociology because I wanted to better understand what social forces and norms inherently drive people to acting a certain way. I’ve studied Sociology in America for 2 years, so I love having the chance to study Czech social forces and norms that affect locals daily.  Social norms are different everywhere. Here I’m an outsider, trying to understand what’s socially appropriate or not…

A major part of the study abroad experience is immersing yourself in the culture. My two roommates and I were lucky enough to be assigned an apartment in the center of Prague. We live in the Church House apartments, conveniently located next to a church, and are surrounded by tons of cafes and shops. It is so much fun to be in the center of everything and it’s such a unique experience to live in a complex alongside Czechs. CEA made moving in incredibly easy as the apartment…