Learning to Breathe

This is my senior year. SENIOR. Four years ago I came to campus ready to start this new chapter of my life and eager to join every club, go to every event, and work every job. This didn’t happen, but … Continue reading

Off-Campus Dining


One of the perks of living off-campus: you get to make your own food. I suppose for some people, this is a chore. That’s how I initially thought about it, but I quickly learned to take advantage of this opportunity. … Continue reading


Second semester study abroad, at least in the case of studying in Clermont-Ferrand, France, means fewer hours of class per week. Result? The challenge to motivation myself, but plenty of independence and the opportunity to really get into the activities … Continue reading

Holi 2015


As powdered colors flew past my face, water drenched my arms and legs, and strong beats and melodies filled my ears, I celebrated Holi, the festival of colors and love. Every year, India becomes a rainbow, painted in greens, reds, … Continue reading

Red River Gorge-ous


Since the beginning of the school year, I’ve been showing up to Kalamazoo Outing Club (KOC) meetings regularly, planning trips, and helping out on the budget committee. Until spring break, however, I hadn’t actually been on any of the trips … Continue reading

Perhaps I’m crazy, but…

Perhaps I’m crazy, but I still get extremely excited about speaking and interacting in French even though that’s been the reality of everyday life for the past almost 7 months. Nonetheless… How cool is it to give out-of-towners directions to … Continue reading

Spring in Kalamazoo


If you have never been to Michigan in the winter, you may not understand how excited students are that IT’S FINALLY SUNNY!!!!!! (Can you tell I’ve been waiting for this?) Although I love the snow, I have to admit I … Continue reading

Host Family Lifestyle

Living in a host family abroad is definitely a change from whatever lifestyle you may have being a student. First of all, there’s dinner at a normal hour, versus going to the cafeteria around 5 pm and eating as much … Continue reading

A Year Away

I went into study abroad intending to come back in January (after 5 months), as most K students choose to do. By the beginning of December, however, I knew I wouldn’t be ready to leave at the end of January … Continue reading