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Two Weeks

Two weeks from now, I will be at the Clermont airport with tears on my face, saying goodbye to my french family.  Two weeks.  It doesn’t seem possible.  I’ve been doing a lot of reflecting on these past couple months, … Continue reading

Back to K after a year abroad

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Returning to campus after being abroad for a year was surreal. Thankfully my dad accompanied me on the long trip from Oregon to Michigan to help me with some of the logistics of transitioning back to K, including moving into … Continue reading

Nothing like Fine Wine in Tuscany

Note: I’m not supporting underage drinking, I’m only writing this because I’m off legal age in Italy. I knew that while I was in Italy, I had to go to a wine tasting and I’m glad I went to Tuscany … Continue reading

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

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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

Motivation

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

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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

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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