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Ni Hao! Studying Abroad in Shanghai

Posted by Maggie Loya on Wed, Feb 11, 2015 @ 11:57 AM

“How do you feel about studying abroad in Shanghai for five months?”

I've been asked this many, many times over the past few months, and my answers have changed drastically.

  • Three months ago: "I CAN'T WAIT!!!"
  • Two months ago: "I have no idea what I'm doing with my life, and I'm terrified."
  • One month ago: "I can't believe this is actually happening. I'm so excited!"
  • This week: "Yeah, I'm leaving on Saturday for a foreign country. Can't speak the language. Probably going to be a pretty cool experience. Is this what they call shock?"
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Topics: study abroad, internship, Maggie Loya, Shanghai

Saint Vincent Bearcats in Northern Ireland

Posted by Natalie Ambrozic on Mon, Aug 25, 2014 @ 02:11 PM

My last week in Europe was absolutely fantastic and I was even able to hang out with some fellow Bearcats!

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Topics: study abroad, internship, London, Natalie Ambrozic, Ireland, international marketing

Castles, Giant Rocks, and Hailstorms

Posted by Natalie Ambrozic on Thu, Jul 24, 2014 @ 10:26 AM

Hi everyone! I got to see some other areas of England recently when my friend and I went on a bus tour to the Windsor Castle, Stonehenge, and Oxford. This tour was a great way to see all of these places because some of the locations would have been hard to travel to on our own.

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Topics: marketing, summer program, study abroad, internship, public relations, London, England, Natalie Ambrozic, international marketing, travel

I Feel like a True Londoner

Posted by Natalie Ambrozic on Wed, Jul 09, 2014 @ 04:04 PM

These first two weeks in London have been an amazing experience! I have been working at my internship as an assistant publicist at Premier and I really like the work so far. My main job is to help the PR department promote the movies that are currently being released onto DVD and Blu-Ray. This includes helping to organize promotional events, emailing media websites asking them to post articles about the movies, and brainstorming for new ideas on how to promote the films. I was really impressed with the big clients that we work with and I am so lucky to have this awesome opportunity.

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Topics: marketing, media, internship, public relations, London, England, Natalie Ambrozic, international marketing, travel

Pass the Baguettes, Please!

Posted by Stephanie Rukavina on Thu, Jul 03, 2014 @ 02:24 PM

So the weeks are flying by.. I currently only have less than two weeks left here in the gorgeous country of Ireland! But first, let me go back and talk about my last two weeks..

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Topics: study abroad, internship, France, Stephanie Rukavina

And So It Begins

Posted by Natalie Ambrozic on Tue, Jul 01, 2014 @ 11:59 AM

So remember how in my last blog I mentioned that applying for a visa is really stressful and difficult? Well, I discovered that the process of waiting for the visa is actually worse.

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Topics: marketing, summer program, study abroad, internship, London, Natalie Ambrozic, travel

One month down, one month to go!

Posted by Stephanie Rukavina on Tue, Jun 17, 2014 @ 11:56 AM

So the title really says it all.. I'm already one full month into my two month experience of Ireland and my feelings couldn't possibly be more mixed at this point. I just had to watch my good friends, Nubia and Maria, leave Ireland and head back to the states this past Saturday and it was an emotional wreck for us all! They only decided to stay for a month in Ireland, and they were regretting it as they left. They wished that they could stay here longer, and I almost wished that they cold take me home with them.. I was sad to see them go! Now that they are gone and I'm adjusting to their absence, however, I realize just how much more I have to see in Ireland and Europe in general. I am so glad I chose the two month program!

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Topics: study abroad, internship, London, Stephanie Rukavina, Ireland

Coming to an End

Posted by Catherine Kohler on Mon, Jul 08, 2013 @ 09:43 AM

Hi everyone! As my time here in this beautiful island comes to an end all I can do is look back and be grateful for all the experiences I was lucky enough to have. These last few weeks have been hectic that is for sure. While I only had three classes this semester, I ended up having five papers due on the same day! I spent a solid week, open to close, in the library to complete these. The hard work paid off once that day passed and I had successfully finished my sophomore year in Australia. I had no finals, due to taking mostly English classes, so I was left with about three weeks of open time before I would venture back to the States. So what did I do you ask? TRAVEL!

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Topics: study abroad, internship, Katie Kohler, Australia, internship in australia

Starting to Feel Like Home—Settled in at School and Internship

Posted by Catherine Kohler on Thu, May 30, 2013 @ 02:34 PM

I have now been living in the land down under for almost three and a half months and I can slowly feel myself turning into an Aussie! I catch myself saying their phrases and adapting to their low-key, laid-back attitude about life. The students as well as the teachers have a “no worries” perspective about everything they do. The professors are so laid-back that if you walk out and leave their class early, they will wave to you and thank you for coming. I have professors that come to class with no shoes on, wearing just shorts and a T-shirt. I am sure my school being in a surf town also contributes to this. There is no wonder Australia is the world’s happiest country!

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Topics: study abroad, internship, Katie Kohler, Australia

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