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  • Mallory
  • University of Colorado-Boulder
  • 2017 Spring

The 5 Things I’m Doing to Prepare For My Semester Abroad 01/10/17

Ciao! For me, planning to study abroad has been very similar to applying to college for the very first time. Many factors go into choosing a program; location, cost, courses offered, and more. When I started thinking about studying abroad, I had NO clue where I wanted to go. I thought about following in most […]

Some friends and me hiking in Boulder before the snow came!
The flatirons or "flatties" snow dusted on a foggy day. I sure am going to miss this view.
Luckily most of my friends are studying abroad too which will give me plenty of opportunity to visit them!
The pillow case I made so I have some pictures around!
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  • Sydney
  • The University of Iowa
  • 2017 Spring

Never Goodbye, Just See You Later: The Top 5 Things I’ll Miss the Most Abroad 01/09/17

I’d be lying if I said I haven’t had a countdown till my departure to Italy going since July. For months I’ve been looking forward to new places, people, food, and adventure. But now that the time has almost come, it’s only appropriate that I stop and smell the roses; even if that means admitting […]

I can't wait to get my first passport stamp!!!
The ultimate 'food on the go': "Apple Pie on a Stick" courtesy of the Iowa State Fair
When mom is nice enough to buy you Detroit Lions pajamas and a new suitcase for your trip, you model it in the store if she asks you to.
The email that Jif sent me following my meltdown...I really wasn't kidding.
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  • Adam
  • Western Michigan University
  • 2016 Fall

How to Readjust to Life After Study Abroad 01/06/17

It’s been about three weeks since leaving Paderno del Grappa and saying “‘Til next time” to so many great people. Coming back to the states hits you really quick. It was a harsh reality to face that in the span of 10 hours I left my CIMBA family and flew back to where it all started; […]

Casa Batilo -Barcelona
Leaning Tower of Pisa
I'll never forget this view
Last pic with the crew
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  • Mallory
  • Furman University
  • 2016 Fall

Thanks for the Memories Italia: Reflections on a Semester Abroad 01/03/17

After being gone for almost three months, I can honestly say I’m happy to be back. In my last few days at CIMBA, I was so full of emotions and they ranged from happiness about going home, sadness for leaving Paderno and stress about finals and packing. My emotions would fluctuate dramatically, one minute laughing […]

My family met me with balloons, my dog and a surprise new puppy!
Emma took this from the other side of the glass. She was leaving the EU on her first leg and I was staying in it. It was sad to be separated to get to our gates!
Passport and ticket to home!
The last picture I took in PDG. I packed way too much.
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  • Sophie

How to Pay for Your Study Abroad Dreams 12/22/16

So you want to go abroad. Yay! But it costs money. Boooo… You’re not the first student to have this realization or the first to wonder about where that money will come from. Luckily, there are plenty of resources, people, and guides to help you through the process of financing for your international adventures. Just […]

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  • Adam
  • Western Michigan University
  • 2016 Fall

How to Come to Terms With Saying Goodbye to Your New Home Away from Home 12/21/16

Ciao, I’m writing this with a mix of emotions ranging from Happiness that finals are over to sadness that this adventure has come to an end. From what I’ve discussed with other people in the program, they’re not far off from where I am. We are obviously all happy to have made it through finals, […]

Last travel weekend- Barcelona
My yearbook picture
Finally got my KT certification
Last time I'll see room 427
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  • Mallory
  • Furman University
  • 2016 Fall

How to Explore New Cultures Through Food 12/19/16

I am a foodie, I’ll be the first to admit it. I love food. My Pinterest board is chalk full of new recipes I want to try or recipes I love. So it only makes sense that one of the things I was most excited for when I decided to study away was the opportunity […]

We found a Chipotle in London!
A really yummy omelet we ate in Barcelona, The Milk Bar. If you're in the area its a must!
The best dessert I had the entire trip!
Basil Risotto and tempura shrimp!
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  • Adam
  • Western Michigan University
  • 2016 Fall

Crunch Time: Studying for Finals during Study Abroad 12/13/16

  Ciao,  I can’t believe it’s the middle of my last week here. My incredible journey here at CIMBA is coming to a close. But, there’s one thing in the way: finals. Every class has a final  at CIMBA. They are not cumulative (thank goodness!) but that’s what your last week consists of. I know, […]

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While packing up, we can leave our still usable, unwanted items here for donation to future CIMBA students
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  • Mallory
  • Furman University
  • 2016 Fall

Study Essentials To Bring With You From Home 12/09/16

As finals week is approaching and the end of the semester is coming to a close, I am looking back on my experience and wishing I packed a few things! The way of life in Italy was a huge shock when I first got here. I didn’t know the language and didn’t really understand the […]

I love my agenda. I need to write everything down in order to keep it all straight. I never start a semester with out having a good day planner.
I never leave home with out my pencil pouch. It has anything I could really ever need including highlighters, tape and sticky notes.
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  • Adam
  • Western Michigan University
  • 2016 Fall

The Crazy and Weird: Getting Outside Your Comfort Zone While Traveling 12/05/16

Ciao, I figured since the last travel weekend just ended, a good topic would be going outside your comfort zone more than just studying abroad itself, but what you do while you’re here. Because if hopping on that plane from the states is further outside your comfort zone as you want to get, then the whole study abroad […]

Top of the Iamsterdam sign
Rented a Ferrari in Barcelona
Top of Casa Batilo-Barcelona
Barcelona beachwalk
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