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Back to K after a year abroad


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


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

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

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

Tales of Travel Part II

Left to right: Lucas, Olivia, me, and Kathleen at the tops of the Spanish Steps in Rome, Italy

Five months and twelve countries later, I have finally completed my semester abroad. I ended my last post in Amsterdam and will start this one in Belgium, where a friend and I somehow, after much trouble, managed to book a … Continue reading

On Missed Opportunities

I hesitate to write another post about being at K while everyone else is abroad, but the reality is that even if you don’t choose to study in another place during your junior year, you will constantly be hearing about … Continue reading

Being The American

Being “The American” among the locals while studying in France is certainly a unique experience in itself. You’re from a place that gets talked about a lot in the media, so everyone has their thoughts and opinions on where you … Continue reading

Tales of Travel

As a student at Kalamazoo College, I was given the opportunity to study abroad for my third year. After much consideration into which program would allow me continue studying the French language, learn about a culture I was interested in, … Continue reading