Study Abroad 2017Tales from Barcelona
Being in a new city with many intricate alleyways, it is easy to get lost. Getting lost in Barcelona was a perfect stepping stone for me to grow as individual because every path I choose to go down is a risk I have to take. Taking risks is not something I normally...
Can you name the last time you wandered around your city/block? The last time hunger limited your performance in accomplishing a task? This week we were given a map with a route and a mission: photograph assigned areas. Level of difficulty: Medium. Making our way...
Sometimes you have to look at things from other’s perspective to appreciate what you have. Our first assignment has taught me the same. We were given a list of famous landmarks in Chicago to take selfies with. Well, I didn’t think my day in the city would be any...read more
Walking sandals, check. Selfie stick, check. Google maps, check. Okay, my day long journey of being a tourist within my own city, Chicago, was ready to begin! As we prepare ourselves to begin our program in Barcelona, students of the program were assigned to visit...read more
Our first mission, the Selfie Project in Chicago explored the traveler vs. tourist experience. Upon receiving a list of Chicago's historical landmarks, I chose my top 9. In addition to the landmarks, a selfie with a stranger was assigned. My selfie stick and I began...read more
The "Windy City" is known for the food, art, and sports. However, some may say Chicago is known for their vacillating weather. We could have snow, rain, and sunshine with temperatures reaching 65 degrees in a span of one week! Before we embark on our journey to...read more
I never knew that there were places I have yet to visit in downtown Chicago. I have been to downtown more times than I can remember and I feel that I'm relatively aware of my whereabouts. This project made me realize there is a lot to experience in this magnificent...read more
The purpose of this project was to go around to different locations throughout the city of Chicago and take selfies. I did this with two other students who will be studying abroad with me, Ellen Woodcock and Melyssa Pham. We decided to start our route near UIC at the...read more
As part of our first study abroad project before we take off to Barcelona, I was given a list of some of Chicago’s famous landmarks and had to take selfies in front of them. To be honest, I thought this was an easy task until I actually began shooting. Snapping...read more
While I’ve lived in Chicagoland for two decades, only now am I acting as a tourist in my own city, packing in the many hotspots around town in a timeframe of just a few hours. The urban experience would not be fulfilled without visiting the many public attractions...read more
It is very easy to spot a tourist; their fanny packs, selfie sticks, tour bus rides, and confused expressions always give them away. However, in attempt to gain empathy for the locals of Barcelona I will be living with for the next month, I swallowed my pride as a...read more
Every year I decide what kind of professional development I need before I lead my study abroad program. in previous years I have gone to Harvard University to take a course on the teaching case method and Colorado to learn how to do digital storytelling. This year I...read more
Before traveling to Barcelona we were tasked with taking 10 selfies at historical landmarks around Chicago, including one with a stranger. I was apprehensive, yet excited to explore and view the city through a different lens. Brittany, Melyssa and I visited locations...read more
All I could think was, “We’re going to be tourists in two different countries?”. Doing the project, provided insight as a “tourist”. In addition to the chuckles from people passing me during selfie sessions, I grew a bigger appreciation for our city’s highlights....read more