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Exploring Ireland’s Aran Islands

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.

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My adventure that began on a turbulent Sunday was arduous, rainy, draining, but also highly rewarding. I walked with my ISA Galway group down to Eyre Square and waited for the bus in the rain. Then we boarded the bus, rode to the docks, and boarded the ferry. We hunkered down for the 40 minute-ride, battled sea-sickness, and then enjoyed being on the water. Read more

Trabajar a Vivir: The Spanish Lifestyle in Málaga

Leah Miller is a student at the Westminster College and an ISA Featured Blogger. Leah is currently studying abroad with ISA in Málaga, Spain.

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Enjoying the view and a calm evening in Malaga, Spain.

Many times it can feel like we are constantly running around checking things off our never ending to-do lists. I mean, its common, we all have stuff we have to get done. However, one of the main differences I have realized between my home in the U.S. and my home in Spain are the levels of stress and happiness. Read more

Not Saving Cats: Early Paris Blunders

Daniel Mizell is a student at Arizona State University and an ISA Featured Blogger. Daniel is currently studying abroad with ISA in Paris, France.

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The most popular book about screenwriting is called Save the Cat. The title refers to the theory that in order to get a movie audience to care about the main character, and thus the movie, you have the main character do something “nice.” In other words, you have them “save a cat.” Unfortunately, this is a misunderstanding of how audience empathy actually works; audiences are much more likely to empathize with a character when they see them messing up or being down on their luck, because it makes them feel more relatable. With that being said, here are my top three blunders from my first weeks in Paris, in what is certainly not a desperate attempt to get you, dear reader, to empathize me more.

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A Gilbertian Outlook on Homesickness from Galway

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.

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In the past week I’ve been really homesick. It’s not surprising because, like all study abroad students, I was warned that this would happen.

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The Top 10 Cultural Differences Between France and the U.S.

Katie Hale is a student at Luther College and an ISA Featured Blogger. Katie is currently studying abroad with ISA in Paris, France.

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I’ve been in France for almost two months now, so I’m starting to get used to “le rhythme Français,” but there are some definite differences that have taken getting used to. So here are, in no particular order, 10 of the major cultural differences between France and the U.S.

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4 Essential Pre-Departure Tips For Your Adventure Abroad

Jeffrey Angeloty is a student at Regis University and an ISA Featured Blogger. Jeffrey is currently studying abroad with ISA in Brussels, Belgium.

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95 pounds of luggage for the semester, challenge accepted!

Being an out of state college student, I’m used to flying to my University to start a new semester. Having the privilege of flying on an airline that allows me to check two bags for free has been spectacular, and after 5 semesters I finally got the hang of packing efficiently. Packing for studying abroad on the other hand, is quite different.

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Solidarity in Costa Rica

Laurel Dispenza is a student at Olivet Nazarene University and an ISA Featured Blogger. Laurel is currently studying abroad with ISA in Heredia, Costa Rica.

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Our Heredia group

It gives a whole new perspective to foreigners at your home university. Not even just foreigners, but all who are new to the unique culture of your university. Speaking from their shoes now, because I’m currently wearing them everywhere I go, I know and understand on a deeper level where they’re coming from and the struggles at hand for one like us. You’re stripped from all that you once leaned on for support and are reduced to a one-dimensional character with no way to accurately express yourself. You’re not funny anymore, not clever, not bold, because in a new language you don’t have the grasp, the hold, that you did in your native tongue. Sometimes you don’t even understand what’s going on, you can’t even understand your new friend because they’re using words you’ve never heard before or they’re talking so fast it’s making your brain sore and you cannot focus. Read more

London: A League of its Own

Allison Woodhouse is a student at the College of Charleston and an ISA Featured Blogger. Allison is currently studying abroad with ISA in London, England.

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Home sweet home

All cities are exactly the same. They all have roads and buildings and people and maybe a handful of interesting attractions if they’re lucky. There isn’t really anything that makes them different. If you’ve seen one, you’ve seen them all. Read more

The Most Glorious Wednesday I Ever Beheld While in Galway

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.

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Post- Tommy Tiernan #inshock

By the time Wednesday rolls around, I’m usually content to sleep in until noon, and enjoy my God-given right to “sloth” about on my mid-week day off. Yes, I know I truly have a wonderful schedule. However, today was a spectacular Wednesday because today meant that I would be voluntarily getting up early to see Tommy Tiernan at The King’s Head down on Shop Street. Read more

Why Granada is “Tapa” the Food Chain

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.

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“Believe it or not, all of this was free with our drinks at Bella & Bestia!”

Like many things in life, tapas are about quantity and quality. But in Granada there is one guarantee either way: they are FREE. Read more

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