Farewell and Best Wishes to Future Groups!

As this semester comes to an end, I reflect on several things that happened which I could not have expected when I first came into the class. Initially, I thought that the Global Service Learning will proceed smoothly, that we would learn about Bolivian culture and work on a project, travel there, and then reflect…

Grazie Mille, Firenze

When I got the email that our study abroad program had been canceled, I had the same reaction as I’m sure every other study abroad student had: absolute devastation. I had been watching the news updates all week as other programs in Florence were getting sent home, but I just couldn’t believe that we would…

Overcoming the Challenges of Studying Abroad

As one would expect, studying abroad in a foreign country for a semester is much different than a typical semester spent in Oakland. Before arriving in Florence, I anticipated having things like a language barrier, unfamiliar surroundings, and making new friends as obstacles to overcome. However, one challenge I did not expect was adjusting to…

Adios Madrid

I would have never guessed that my abroad experience would be cut short because of a pandemic. When we first got sent home I was so angry and sad, I really didn’t understand the extent of this virus. But I now know that it was a decision that had to be made and I am…

Final Reflections on Australia

Challenges From My Abroad Experience The biggest challenge for me that I think I had to experience during my time in Australia involved with getting adjusted to my internship. Although it was exciting to be working in Sports Marketing and doing an internship that fit along with my career interests, it was also a very…

Until Next Time London!

Farewell London! I can’t help but feel nostalgic and wish that I was back in the city. I’ve been social distancing and it’s been an adjustment returning to life at home and can’t help but feel bored under this new norm. I think that the biggest challenge I faced during my semester abroad was time…

Living in London

If I lived in London full-time I would want to reside in the east end of the city. This semester I was housed in West London in West Kensington, which is a very posh and expensive neighborhood. Being about a 30 minute walk from Kensington Palace, rent prices, food, and drinks were a little too…

My Biggest Challenge in London

Before coming to London, I had never really had to balance work and school. In high school, I had a job only working six to seven hours a week at my synagogue’s religious school teaching a class. I was on the school’s dance team which took up ten to fifteen hours a week after school…

Traveling the World

Studying abroad has been a surreal experience and I’ve been fortunate enough to travel around some of Europe. For spring break, me and a group of friends backpacked throughout France for ten days. We flew into Marseille and then traveled to Nice, Lyon, Paris and then ended in Normandy. It was such an action-packed journey…