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…

Uprooting your life and studying abroad is already something to commend yourself for; however, many don’t realize that student life is equally as unique as adjusting to life in Prague itself. My classes at the Anglo American University so far have been unlike any I’ve taken before, and I mean that in a good way! So far, I’ve gone (legal) graffitiing in my Subcultures class and watched my Gender, Minority and Cultures teacher preform with her all female alternative punk rock group, Zuby Nehty. In this video, I take you through my…

When I first came to the Czech Republic in 2015, I had no idea what to expect. I was nervous and excited that I was going to be going to living in a beautiful city for a year, but had no idea how much my life was going to change. I had no idea how to speak the language, didn’t know how I was going to handle going to the grocery store, academics, traveling, and actually living in a country halfway across the world. I expected there to…

The days leading up to Prague were filled with anxiety, excitement, and uncertainty. I really had no idea what to expect or how the first couple weeks would be. It was hard to imagine what it would be like to live in a foreign country and to be honest, the whole leaving the country thing did not sink in until finally landing in Prague. However, after being here for a little over a week, I can confidently say I have adjusted and learned a few VERY important things….