A World of Opportunity

Going to Rome was truly an experience like no other. When we began our trip, it immediately started in chaos, however. Our teacher got into a car wreck, plane tickets were giving us issues in a foreign country, and we were all losing a little bit of morale. However, nothing compares to the feeling of stepping off the bus from the airport onto the tight, lit-up streets of Rome,

What I Took Away from My Semester Abroad

This semester I traded the mountains of Chattanooga for the tropical beaches of Costa Rica. I spent four months immersing myself in the language, culture and daily life of the Ticos (the nickname of Costa Rican citizens), and I am so glad that I did. This semester was an unforgettable one, and I gained so much during my time abroad. For example, in Costa Rica I gained many new

When In Rome

I am so thankful for the opportunity to be able to go to Rome, Italy to study abroad. It was only for 10 days, but I was able to see so much in those 10 days. I have always dreamed of going to Italy, just never thought I’d have the chance any time soon. Taking the Legendary Rome class was extremely interesting, and gave me the opportunity to fulfill

Oh, The Places You’ll Go!

This year I was privileged enough to be able to visit the Galapagos Islands in Ecuador. I really appreciated the opportunity as I had studied about the islands and animals which are endemic to it for years and years. In eighth grade, my final project in my science class was to make a video on why you should travel to the Galapagos Islands. To be able to actually fulfill

The Galapagos Experience

From March 8th to March 17th I went on a study abroad trip to the Galapagos Islands, Ecuador along with my classmates and professors for a class over Evolution and Darwinism. During the semester we learned about the various animals that inhibit the Galapagos Islands as well as Charles Darwin and his findings which led to the discovery of the theory of Evolution. Within the eleven-day period which we

Walking with Tortoises: A Trip to the Galápagos Islands

Growing up, everyone learns about how Charles Darwin observed the finches in the Galápagos Islands and how that led to his theory of evolution by natural selection. However, not many people think that they would be one day able to visit this revolutionary locale in person. Amazingly, in the Spring of 2019, I was lucky enough to be able to travel to Santa Cruz and San Cristóbal Islands in

The Italian Language is Kind of Like Spanish, but Not Really

I traveled to Rome, Italy where I stayed for ten days as part of a class that I took to satisfy a general education requirement. I didn’t have to take this particular class, but I’m glad I did. There were several very frustrating and tedious things I had to get through before I could go on this trip, however. To name a few, I had to attend an informational

Can’t Put It Into Words

I stepped off of the plane in Nairobi on January 3rd with a twisted stomach. It was almost 9pm. The wind was relentless; the traffic went by me in blurs as I stood on the sidewalk waiting for the program organizer to pick me up from the airport. The moment I climbed into the University van, I felt sick. I remember telling myself “There’s no going back. No matter

My Own Power

Through study abroad I was able to achieve things I was not sure would ever happen. I went on a plane and traveled to a new country, both for the first time, and I made life-long friendships with individuals I would have otherwise never met. I did all of this through a week-long faculty-led trip. I chose to use this study abroad because, being a pre-med major about to

My Time Abroad

Studying abroad was an opportunity like no other I have ever had the chance to experience. I have always been fascinated with traveling and visiting other countries, and this was the perfect opportunity for me to do so. This trip I got the chance to spend my Spring Break in Rome, Italy. I’ve always been drawn to this place and its history since I was a child. As soon