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Australian Halloween

If you are a fan of Halloween, you’re not going to be too fulfilled here in Australia. I could be wrong, because Collarts did put on a Halloween party for us American exchange students (which is awesome), so other schools and programs might do that too, but Halloween in Australia is a bit underwhelming. First ...

German vs. U.S. Grading System

When I was applying to study abroad, I knew that the most important part of my decision would be the credibility of the school I would be attending (that is of course after factoring in travel opportunities, food, and fun). I chose Mannheim University because it’s known throughout the world as one of the best ...

The Start of New Adventures

Being able to study abroad is one blessing that I have been able to experience. The other is being able to travel to Asian countries that I have always wanted to visit since I was younger. My dream has always been to be able to travel to as many countries as I can, and my ...

First Festival in the Tiny Village of Izumi Kamuri

Yesterday, my Japanese Culture class had a fun little trip going to the Izumi Kamuri village (name meaning “mountain spring”), a community of only 1,500 about an hour away from Sendai’s city center. It is here that the traditional Sword and Deer Dances had originated. The Deer Dance, or shishi odori, was originally created to commemorate deer ...

A Murderous Wink

“Are you…Cameron?” The student in the red “Buddy” shirt, turned around and smiled. “Yeah, you can call me Cam. Are you in my group?” The buddy responded in a Turkish accent. I nodded. “I’m Lindsay.” “Nice! We’re about to start introductions. Hop in the circle!” I joined the rest of the students in my buddy ...

City Living

Up until now, my blog posts have only talked about the nature around Melbourne and other parts of Australia (and how much our group prefers it to the city). But let’s clarify real quick that the city of Melbourne is pretty cool too. There are lots of different cafes and restaurants, tons of options for ...

Have you ever felt this way?

I love travelling alone. It gives me a soft adrenaline rush. You know, when you have to just take care of your own self? When there’s nobody complaining about the long walk? When you can sit somewhere and refuse to get up till you want? That! It was getting too much of academics with the ...

House One Boat Party!

Living in the halls on campus, help local and exchange students to get to know each other and enjoy the HKUST housing experience. In my hall, the floors are separated by girls and guys and it is the closest dorm to the academic buildings, which is a plus for me! The rooms aren’t as big ...

Halloweentown in Germany?

Everyone who knows me well knows that Halloween is one of my all-time favorite holidays. The trick-or-treating, the costumes, the pumpkin carving, the horror movies, the apple picking, and of course, the widening waistline from all the sugar devoured during this month-long event. When I was younger, I was always aware of the heartbreaking fact ...

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Heather in Rennes: She’s American

When my group arrived in Rennes, we were presented with a list of the stereotypes that Europeans hold against Americans. The left column, which contained 40 negative stereotypes, filled up both sides of the page. While the right column, which contained positive stereotypes, barely filled one page. After reading the left column, here are the ...