Study Abroad 2017

Tales from Barcelona
I am Brave!

I am Brave!

I woke up the morning of our Montserrat excursion with mixed emotions. I felt fairly confident about the day because I was able to climb Costa Brava, but I was anxious because I knew it was not going to be an easy day. When we arrived to the bottom of the mountain, I...

The Night Is Still Young

It did not take long to realize how different my new neighborhood of L'Eixample, Barcelona is in comparison to my lifelong hometown of Bartlett, Illinois.  Everything was foreign to me; from the warm climate, to the vibrant nightlife, the street walkability, the...

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Obtaining a B.S. in BS

After an hour of wandering uphill through quiet Catalan neighborhoods, colorful street markets, and quaint coffee shops, I arrived drenched in sweat at Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya (MNAC).  The view from nearby Montjuïc Hill made me even more breathless and I...

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Unity & Community Inside or Outside

There’s a certain comfort to be felt in open spaces; a certain sureness of your surroundings and those than occupy them with you. Typically, I have found that “open” would not pop into my head when thinking of an urban area. I have found this particularly true of...

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Native Tourist

When painting a mental image of what represents Chicago, many landmarks come to mind. These landmarks are often ones that we associate downtown Chicago with. As a native Chicagoans, our schemas are connected to our rich sports history as well as the contributions that art has to the city. The schemas Chicagoans often have of downtown are landmarks that our near each other. For example, the bean is next to the art institute, and it is next to the Buckingham Fountain. Though, I was born and raised here, visiting these landmarks felt new and I felt like a tourist

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Staying Fit While Abroad

As a Kinesiology major, exercise and nutrition never leave my mind. After an 8 hour flight from Chicago's O'Hare Airport to Stockholm's Arlanda Airport, I can feel a lack of proper nutrition, sleep and physical activity taking a negative toll on my body. As I'm...

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Being A Tourist in My City

Starting out this project, I was not expecting to learn so much about the city I lived in for the past 13 years! For this project, we had to travel all around the city and take selfies with some of the Chicago monuments. Starting my route at the Chicago Cubs Stadium...

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