Perhaps the most daunting aspect of my study abroad program before I arrived in Italy was the idea of the homestay experience. I am by no means a neat person. I like to play music in the mornings and to sing in the shower. The idea of intruding on someone’s family and home scared me […]

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Most college students, including myself, study abroad in search of new experiences. Under the broad category of new experiences, there are also strange experiences. One such strange experience happened this week as I was sitting in a café in Padua. A 20-something-year-old woman came in with a leafy wreath and a pillow-sized fake boob hanging […]

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As my Instagram followers know well, my favorite part of the day is breakfast. I have posted more photos of my breakfasts from Italy than is palatable (see what I did there?), and that is by Instagram standards. My favorite part of breakfast is not the food. However, it is the scenery. I have my […]

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One of my favorite stories to tell of my experiences abroad is the story of the time my friend Rachel slapped the arm of a Spanish gypsy in Grenada because the woman was pick-pocketing our friend, Megan. It was certainly a bold move on Rachel’s part. However, it is not only an awesome story to […]

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To celebration enthusiasts, Tuesday was known as the great Mardi Gras. The religious origins of the holiday really are a “holy” day, i.e. Shrove Tuesday. Originally a Catholic holiday, Shrove Tuesday has a certain implication of solemnity. Traditionally, the name “Shrove” comes from the term “shrive,” meaning “to confess.” The day became a preparation event […]

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A student living abroad in Italy gives advice and an inside look into four months of adventure and life as a twenty-something studying in a foreign country. The first thing studying abroad teaches you is that it is exceptionally difficult to capture the feeling of a culture in a movie or in a restaurant. If […]

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DeeDee Hughes, Staff Writer The Smithsonian Institution is advancing plans to open its first international exhibit in London, set to open as early as 2021. The Smithsonian, which encompasses 19 museums, nine research facilities and a zoo, is a federally funded institution with all of its sectors currently located domestically. The Smithsonian, however, has British […]

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By Brooke Jackson-Glidden, Staff Writer @bufoodist We all love tasty treats, but as broke college students, a) we’re poor and/or can’t afford to go out to eat and b) we have no kitchen in our dorm room. Whoever allowed this contradiction to happen is some sort of sadist, but never fear! It’s time for… No […]

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By Heather Goldin, Staff Writer @HeatherGoldin The Roman Catholic church’s new pope, Pope Francis, was elected March 13. According to the New York Times, previous archbishop Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Buenos Aires is the 266th pope. Pope Francis’s election is considered to be one of the quickest in a long time. In many ways, Francis […]

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