Cultural Assimilation – What It Is and Why It’s Fun

Hello all. I’ve been living in Valladolid, Spain for almost two weeks. I’ve taken the first week to assimilate myself into living in another country, which, if you’ve never traveled…

40 Shades of Green

Hello Everyone! I have been in Ireland for a week and a half now and I absolutely love it. While traveling to my new home in Wexford from Dublin I…

Looking Back

I can’t believe these four months of pure bliss are actually over. As I sit here in the Sydney International Airport awaiting my flight back to the states, I realize…

Lauren in Australia

The Final Days in Australia

Wait, only 9 days left here in Australia? How did that happen? Seems like only yesterday I was boarding my plane in Toronto and making my way to this beautiful…

“A Happy End”

​“Did you make a happy end?” ​“A happy what?” I was jolted out of my reverie by an older gentleman standing next to my table in a cafe, smiling inquisitively…

Only One Month Left In Australia

I have been nothing but busy since I’ve been here in Australia. Taking trips, schoolwork, visiting the beach, and traveling all around the Gold Coast has been keeping me going…

Mary in Spain

Introversion Doesn’t Translate

Confession time: I’m constantly using Google Translate to look up Spanish words. Like— I kid you not— constantly. When I’m talking with my host family and I get stuck on a…

spanish motorcycle

The Generosity of Spaniards 101

“What do you think of us Spanish?” one of the teenage students asked me in his tentative English. I was sitting in my first class at the International Immersion Institute…

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Foundation Drawing At Weeks Gallery

Three artists use their foundational drawing skills to render breathtaking images in Foundation Drawing on view in the Weeks Gallery through spring break. Minneapolis-based artist Melissa Cooke offers a trifecta…

Lauren by Australian beach

My First Month in the Sunny Gold Coast

My first month here has been nothing but fun and adventure. I arrived here in the sunny Gold Coast on January 8. I got settled into my apartment complex, Varsity…