Face-To-Face With Destruction

A couple of weeks ago I had the pleasure of visiting one of the most well-known cities in the entire world: Berlin. As the capital of Germany, it’s also one of the most popular cities in the European Union! Thriving with culture, politics, media, science, and history, there is a ton to do for tourists ...

Tohoku University’s(International) Sports Festival

Memories are weird. They get in way sometimes and remind you of things you’d much rather not recall. In my case, high school sports festivals.   This past Saturday, partnering organizations at Tohoku University held a joint sports festival     to try and unite both native and international students together through exercise and activities. ...

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Drexel Passport Day

Attend Study Abroad 101 session Apply for study abroad through Drexel Apply for study abroad through CIEE Submit personal statement Submit letters of recommendation Get course approvals Obtain Passport Obtain long-stay visa Purchase plane ticket The list continues. There are a lot of parts involved in applying and preparing for a study abroad experience, and ...

Maneuvering Language Barriers

There I was, standing on my tip-toes in Santander, clutching my bank card so forcefully that I genuinely believed it would snap into two meager pieces. That morning I had been expecting a delivery, however, to my dismay, I somehow missed the delivery service knocking on my door, and would have to call the company. ...

Expectations: Finally Met

Before I ever boarded a plane, flew over the ocean, and arrived in Melbourne, I’m not ashamed to say that I had a fair few assumptions about Australia. I thought everyone said “Gooday,” I believed venomous snakes were omnipresent, and I assumed the weather was like the weather in Southern California all the time. Well: ...

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Camden Market

Camden Market is a must see place in London. It is a central location where tourists and Londoners come to shop, dance, enjoy a drink, and hang out. This market was unlike anything I have ever seen before. Once again, Camden Market, like all the other hidden gems in London had its own unique vibe. ...

Melbourne Cup Week

Last weekend, an annual spectacle, unique to Melbourne, began in full force: The Melbourne Cup. This yearly sporting event is Australia’s most prestigious horse race. It’s known as the “race that stops the nation”—that phrase was uttered to me by four different people. However, this event is not known just for its horses. If you ...

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Campus Involvement

One way to fully immerse yourself into the culture of another country is by being involved. Being involved is more than just being physically present; it is being emotionally and mentally present and ready to absorb everything around you. It is okay to lean into discomfort and allow yourself to open up to the difference ...

Great Ocean Road, part II

This past weekend, the other exchange students and I took a trip down the Great Ocean Road. Personally, I have already visited the Great Ocean Road a couple of weeks ago when I went to Adelaide for the footy final, but it was wonderful to see the other students seeing the route for the first ...

Tohoku University Festival: “to recall the memories of our childhood and celebrate the passion of our youth”

This past November 3-5, Tohoku University had celebrated their 69th annual university festival! To say I was lucky with this year’s theme is an understatement; the festival felt nostalgic even for me, an international student who has never been to a single festival in his life! It was an absolutely wonderful experience that I hope ...