europe, italy, Rome

Back to Rome: Weekend Trip to Sorrento Day 1

I woke up our first Thursday in Rome as a class even happier than usual, because we were leaving for a weekend getaway in Sorrento. After a meeting and a short film about Pompeii, we grabbed lunch, packed and filled the bus with much eagerness for the unknown adventures that lay ahead. For this trip,… Continue reading Back to Rome: Weekend Trip to Sorrento Day 1

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europe, italy, Rome

Back to Rome

Two years ago today I wrapped up a solid two weeks of traveling around Europe with my  best friend/travel partner/grandfather. Then, I embarked on my first study abroad experience through Hofstra University's SCO in Rome program and spent a month with adventurous people, exploring different parts of Italy and working with a non-profit organization Shoot… Continue reading Back to Rome

Australia

Oz Through Sara’s Eyes: Northwest Outback Trip Part 2

This video features many clips of of quad-riding along the coast of Coral Bay as the sun set, which was an incredible add-on that only my friend group did, some aboriginal artwork sighting and waterfall climbing at Karijini National Park and a whole lot of smiling. As I said last week, I took an abundance… Continue reading Oz Through Sara’s Eyes: Northwest Outback Trip Part 2

Thoughts

Keeping up with AIFS Part 2

This semester is flying. We are almost halfway through March and I really don’t know how that happened. Then again, I never even know what day of the week it even is. I have been overloaded with work, my internship, classes, extra-curricular activities, and other obligations, but I have thankfully found time to keep my… Continue reading Keeping up with AIFS Part 2

Travel

How to Budget Your Money While Studying Abroad

Studying abroad, in my biased opinion, is one of the best investments you’ll ever make. That being said, it is an investment that involves large sums of money. Before you leave, you will have your visa, plane ticket(s), tuition, and accommodation paid. However, you will be paying your living expenses as you go, which can… Continue reading How to Budget Your Money While Studying Abroad

Travel

21 Gifts for Someone Studying Abroad

If someone you know is studying abroad and you want to get him or her the perfect present, look no further. Here are some useful and budget-friendly items that your departing friend will love. Passport holder - I love mine! Travel size toiletries - this is useful for long flights or weekend getaways Travel size… Continue reading 21 Gifts for Someone Studying Abroad

Australia, Thoughts

Thankful for Study Abroad

This time last year, I was fully aware that I was studying abroad in Australia the following semester. However, at the Thanksgiving dinner table I shied away from fully admitting it to my great aunts and uncles, because of the slight chance something might go wrong. Now, at this Thanksgiving, I did not have anything… Continue reading Thankful for Study Abroad

Australia

Oz: Soaking it Up

The only concerns I had for my last week in Australia were my final exam and soaking up as much of Perth and Fremantle as I could. We take the Mandurah train line to get to and from Perth, but we had never actually been to Mandurah. Some friends and I changed that Monday when… Continue reading Oz: Soaking it Up

Australia

Oz: Week 11 of Classes

A week during which I planned to be checking things off of my to-do list turned into a week of work accompanied by a lot of play. Monday served to be a day of class, homework and recuperating from the amazing Southwest trip from which I just returned. Tuesday was about the same, until my… Continue reading Oz: Week 11 of Classes

Australia

Oz: Something Special

I switched from having the best week of classes to having the most uneventful week of classes. The only thing I did all week that was not related to conquering my homework or to-do list was watch a British television show with some mates that were accompanied by some delicious onion rings and a game… Continue reading Oz: Something Special