Kelsi Brooks is a student at Georgia College & State University and an ISA Featured Blogger. Kelsi is currently studying abroad with ISA in San José, Costa Rica.
A monkey I saw on one of my trips outside of San José!
One of the best parts about studying abroad is how much time you get to travel. It is a student’s dream come true and an awesome reality for those who take advantage of their time abroad.
San José is a wonderful place, but so much of the charm of Costa Rica also lies outside of the city. Take a bus outside of the city limits and you’ll see gorgeous mountainsides, towns of charming people, jungles and forests full of wild life, and bodies of water that take your breath away. You would miss this if you only stayed inside the city limits. Read more
Leah Miller is a student at Westminster College and an ISA Featured Blogger. Leah is currently studying abroad with ISA in Málaga, Spain.
The infamous Malagueta sign in Málaga
The first couple days in Spain were spent in a daze of pure happiness. I literally could not believe I was actually here and about to embark on the adventure of a lifetime. You know, that out-of-body feeling where you just can’t believe that you are actually making your dreams come true? That was how I felt the first few days, and it was fantastic! Read more
Megan Schulz is a student at Colorado State University and an ISA Featured Blogger. Megan will be studying abroad with ISA in Sevilla, Spain.
My average breakfast in Sevilla contains juice and one large piece of toast.
I have always been a breakfast kind of girl. Whether it is large bowls of cereal, home cooked breakfast, breakfast for dinner, or breakfast restaurants, I love it all. I could honestly live on breakfast foods for my whole life and be completely happy.
After arriving in Madrid, I learned that breakfasts in Spain are much smaller with less variety from day to day. I was told that Spanish breakfasts generally consist of toast and coffee, tea, or juice. Upon learning this, I was already missing my hearty American breakfast. Read more
Danya Migdali is a student at California Lutheran University and an ISA Featured Blogger. Danya is currently studying abroad with ISA in Florence, Italy.
Three weeks in and this is what I have to give you guys! Of course the obvious, have fun, stay safe, and play nice with everyone, is implied, but these are the most important lessons I’ve learned so far!
Typical Tourist Picture Holding up the Tower, Because Why Not!
Lyndsy Hatfield is a student at The College of St. Rose and an ISA Featured Blogger. Lyndsy is currently studying abroad with ISA in Galway, Ireland.
The key to dressing in a foreign environment, is layers, layers, and layers! I know this is the most advised tip ever, but I’m going to break it down, and give it the customization that study abroad students in Galway desperately need. After all, isn’t everyone craving this top-secret information?
Maybe I did pack more than 6…
You can never have enough scarves. They are the cherry on top of any outfit. I think I only packed 6 because I knew I would buy more, and because I only wear about 3 at most. Scarves come in any color, shape, length and material, so the possibilities are endless. There are at least 10 different ways to wear a scarf. I have mastered a mere 4. The rest take precision and patience, which I lack both of. Like any tried and true accessory, you have to be careful. Treat your scarves with love and they are sure to last. If not, then you will find your favorite scarf unraveling. Read more
Celene Barrera is a student at Bennington College and an ISA Featured Blogger. Celene is currently studying abroad with ISA in Meknes, Morocco.
Morocco‘s landscape diversity is simply incredible. In many ways it reminds me of my home state, California. There can’t be too many places in the world where palm trees, desert, snow, heavy rain, and forest can coexist in the same territory. Naturally, Morocco facilitates this odd mix with ease.
Thought Morocco was a desert? Think again!
Anna Vutech is a student at the DePaul University and an ISA Featured Blogger. Sarah is currently studying abroad with ISA in Paris, France.
I had planned to under pack for this trip. I had hoped to travel light and be worry free as I began this once in a lifetime adventure to Paris. Initially this was a simple enough goal. I compiled every black, white, and beige piece of clothing in my closet, the essential toiletries, a few converters, and I was set. I was calm, cool, and collected right up until the night before my scheduled departure.
Photo by ISA student Haruka Yokotsuka
Nadia Elamin is a student at Chatham University and an ISA Featured Blogger. Nadia is currently studying abroad with ISA in Amman, Jordan.
What over-packing looks like
When about to embark on any trip, especially a study abroad program, packing is the first step in beginning your journey! Here are 5 tips to help you out: Read more
Julia Chernicky is a student at the University of Pittsburgh and an ISA Featured Blogger. Julia is currently studying abroad with ISA in Granada, Spain.
The view of Albayzin from the Alhambra that made me fall in love with Granada!
I was very lucky to be able to go home and recharge before starting my second semester abroad. I was in Málaga last semester, and will be in Granada this spring. Taking what I learned from my first time abroad, I was able to pack much more appropriately. I feel more prepared overall, though there will always be things you wish you brought or left behind. Hopefully these tips will help prepare you to go abroad! Read more
Phoebe McPherson is a student at the University of New Hampshire and an ISA Featured Blogger. Phoebe is currently studying abroad with ISA in Valparaíso and Viña del Mar, Chile.
The Chilean Consulate’s Attendant
¡Viva Chile! Unlike many of my fellow bloggers, I don’t leave for beautiful South America until the end of February. In the meantime, there is a lot to be done. I need to pack. I need to double-check documents, and most importantly, I need to continue living my life! Read more