When I graduate and look back at my time at UD, I know that studying abroad will be one of the best experiences I will take away from my four years as an undergraduate. My experience offered a completely unique opportunity to not only explore a new place but also to get to know myself. Here is what I gained from studying abroad in Paris for a semester!
First and foremost, my semester abroad strengthened me as individual. Before my trip, I had to go through the extensive visa process by following all of the steps and gathering all the needed documents, so, with determination, I was able to successfully complete the process on my own. Also, although I have flown with my family before, I flew on my own for the first time going to Paris, and then three more times for my fall break in Italy and my trip back to the U.S. It was rewarding knowing I could navigate the airport process by myself instead of relying on someone else! I also learned how to get around the city on my own. Once I got to Paris, it took me a few tries, but I quickly was able to figure out the metro system and was soon jumping on and off, making transfers, and following the signs in the underground passageways without a problem (but with the help of Google Maps, which is not only useful for metro routes but also for walking directions). I also really appreciated having my own unique experience exploring the city. I enjoyed many days jumping on the metro and choosing from the enormous selection of sights to see in Paris. I also decided to write in a journal consistently while I was there, which I have never done before, so it was nice to reflect on my day-to-day experiences and record my thoughts. Continue reading
If you choose to live on campus, you get a room key and a small room to call your own at the beginning of the year. You are excited moving in and meeting friends around your dorm. You will probably want to decorate the inside of your room with colorful posters, homey curtains, and other fun things -perhaps pictures of good friends or a small plant. I personally keep an aloe and spider plant on my windowsill, and they are a beautiful green addition to my space.
There are different ways of expressing ourselves within the space we have and the rules that have to be followed, but no matter how we choose to personalize our space, what is seen most is our doors. Walking through the halls, dozens of doors can be seen with various decorations. Decorating your door is just as important as decorating your room. Sure, your name might be included on the door to start, but possibilities are nearly endless to personalize this 6’3 ft of undervalued real estate. Continue reading
You did not just misread the title. I ate cookies, and it was 100% endorsed by my university studies class. UNIV101 is a class to get students more involved within the UD campus. The class reminds me a lot of the unconventional and wildly exciting accounting class in the television show, Community. In the show, the accounting teacher demonstrates a very unconventional teaching method. He jumps on desks, throws textbooks out of the window, and twirls with ribbons, while encouraging his students to “seize the day” as the only requirement for the class. While every student dreams of a class like this, university studies is slightly more structured; we are encouraged to gain “passport points” over the next few weeks.
We get these points by seeking out involvement on campus, and it has been very fun to complete. I have one passport point from visiting Main St. and another from attending an RSO meeting, but the best point earned by far was from my trip to Insomnia Cookies. It was approaching 2AM – I feel as a disclaimer that I should mention the professor did not endorse the exceptionally late hour- and after completing our work for the night a few friends and I decided that we wanted cookies. Driving at night on Main Street is both peaceful and stressful. It was quiet except for the low hum of cars driving by, their tires rolling across the rainy pavement. The traffic lights were shining on the buildings so beautifully. I love rainy nights like this, but as a new driver in Delaware, it is still intimidating to drive on new road. Continue reading
In college I have learned how to be flexible with my time. In fact, I think this is a necessary skill to have to keep anyone from going crazy when things don’t go as planned. As a recent, and very casual, member of yoga club, I have started to learn how to apply this skill in different areas of my life.
Yoga to me is not all about being flexible in the traditional sense, the way we all think about. For those not familiar with the exercise it’s easy to use lack of flexibility as an excuse not to go. But for me, it’s all about trying new things and pushing myself emotionally and mentally, if not physically. Continue reading
One thing I hadn’t really thought about coming into the spring semester was that I would have to choose where to live my sophomore year. As an honors freshman, I was put into Louis L. Redding Hall, which I am incredibly thankful for. The building is not only updated and beautiful, but it also harbors an amazing sense of community amongst honors students. I guess I was so infatuated that I hadn’t quite come to terms with the fact that I couldn’t possibly live in Redding forever. It really hit me when we all got e-mails about the time slots for our housing appointments.
One of the greatest things about Redding is how close all the floors and sections get. I got particularly lucky in that nearly everyone in my section became great friends fairly quickly in the year; however, this made the proposition of moving even harder. It’s basically impossible to find another building or floor to both accommodate and fit the needs of very different people who all have very different housing appointments. Still, though we knew it would be a huge struggle, we all held on to a little bit of hope. Continue reading