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Bungee jumping: Getting pushed

Bungee jumping: Getting pushed

February 17, 2014

Last semester we published a piece about bungee jumping while on study abroad in Costa Rica. Erin Wolosz, the author of the piece, has finally returned from her adventures in the jungles of Costa Rica and has brought with her footage of her jump. You can read the original article here. ...

Finding warmth in a cold, Irish city

Finding warmth in a cold, Irish city

February 17, 2014

by Katie McKenna Growing up in greater Boston, I’d had my fair share of nasty winters.  Some of my happiest moments have been reading the thermometer and feeling that indescribable joy that comes with the saying, “Hey! It’s supposed to be above zero today!” I know no greater joy than sleddin...

Off the beaten path: Studying abroad in Wales

Off the beaten path: Studying abroad in Wales

Samantha Gillis, Writer

December 2, 2013

Since studying abroad in Wales, I’ve come to find that most people don’t seem to know where it is. I’ve heard some pretty good guesses: “Near the Czech Republic?” Not quite, try more west, and then go over some water. “Australia, right?” To be fair, there is a New South Wales in Aust...

Bungee jumping: Sometimes it just takes a push

Bungee jumping: Sometimes it just takes a push

December 2, 2013

by Erin Wolosz There I was, tethered to a cable car suspended more than 450 feet over a valley in Costa Rica. I shuffled to the edge. My feet felt like rocks, maybe because of the harnesses on my ankles, or maybe it was just the sheer terror.  I looked out over the open edge- there was no way I was...

A Southern Belle in Ireland: Bringing Memphis to the Emerald Isles

A Southern Belle in Ireland: Bringing Memphis to the Emerald Isles

Katie McKenna, Writer

November 18, 2013

There were few things I knew about Memphis before I met Katherine: it was the birthplace of Elvis, B.B. King had his blues club on Beale Street, summers were hot, and I assumed they talked with that same slow, drawn-out southern twang that makes Tennessee sound a bit more like Tennessaaaay. I assumed,...

Learning to be a Tica: Discovering life as a minority in Costa Rica

Learning to be a Tica: Discovering life as a minority in Costa Rica

November 18, 2013

by Erin Wolosz Over the past three months that I have been studying abroad in Costa Rica, one comment from friends and family has been consistent- “must be nice to live in paradise.” While it is certainly true that weekend trips to some of the best vacation spots in the world, along with a classr...

Study Abroad: When an American learns Irish

Study Abroad: When an American learns Irish

Katie McKenna, Contributor

October 22, 2013

I dragged my hungry, hazy, helpless self off of the bus to pick up the key to my apartment, 103 Gort na Coiribe, which is part of a student residence community in Galway, Ireland. My damp shoes veered around puddles and squished into the office where a kind middle-aged woman carried a stack of papers...

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