Midterm: Reflections on Study Abroad

There's no doubt: this week was the most stressed I've been since I was getting ready to leave for Florence. Again, my travel backpack (an Osprey Farpoint 40 that I absolutely love) slowly made it's way from under my bed to the corner of the room to sitting on my bed, waiting to be meticulously... Continue Reading →

2017, The Year of Opportunity

In the last hours of 2016, my closest friends and I gathered on the kitchen floor. This was nothing unusual for us: we always tend to gravitate towards the kitchen floor. However, New Year’s Eve has always been more ritualized than our typical gatherings. With a few hours left in the year, plenty of Martinelli’s... Continue Reading →

Falling for Florence

In high school, I spent approximately thirty-six hours in Florence as part of a ten-day tour. The first few days of the trip were spent in Greece, surrounded by ancient temples and groves of olive trees. A cloud of cigarette smoke and nearly everyone getting sea-sick separates those days from our time in Italy.The Duomo,... Continue Reading →

Reflections: A Friend’s Suicide

National suicide prevention hotline: 1-800-273-8255 Crisis text line (for any emotional crisis): 741741 There is always someone that you can talk to—you are never truly alone. The 2015 Goucher cross country team; Collin far left (holding John) Since I started college three years ago, I have helped someone cope with the suicide of a family... Continue Reading →

5 Things: First Day in Egypt

Being in Egypt is absolutely surreal. I wrote this early in the trip while we were on board a local overnight train traveling from Cairo to Aswan. My first day was full of a lot of Big Moments and stories to tell, but these are some of the most important things I learned in my... Continue Reading →

Tourists and Travelers

I am both a tourist and a traveler. Until recently, I felt as though these were two very different types of people and that it wasn't possible to be both. Throughout the past few years, I have had a lot of access to travelers, especially students returning from semesters spent abroad--from Greece to Guatemala. In... Continue Reading →

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