Now that I’m in my final year of my undergraduate program at Binghamton University, everything is quickly becoming nostalgic and bittersweet; even though it’s only the first month of school. I’m finding myself trying to help and give back as much as I can, as fast as I can, from volunteering more to joining more clubs, to giving advice — so, so much advice. At just 20, I feel inexplicably old when I catch myself pouring advice to people who have just joined the clubs I’ve been in for years or are taking the classes I’ve taken, and the things I try desperately to pass on range from a variety of topics. Always bring a phone charger in your bag. Write down everything because chances are you’ll forget otherwise. You might think you can wake up for 8:30 classes with no problem just ‘cause you did it in high school, but trust me, you won’t.
All this aside, undoubtedly the one thing I advise anyone and everyone at this university to try is to study abroad.
Continue reading When you study abroad, you engage yourself in the global community by interacting with people who hold contrasting beliefs, ideals and dreams, and by doing this you learn more about just how diverse our world is but also just how alike we are
As a Human Development and History major, I was drawn to the Urban and Cultural Explorations trip in China. Travel abroad means a lot to me because, as a first generation Chinese-American, I have felt out of touch with my cultural roots and have a yearning to understand exactly what my cultural identity means to me. In China, I was able to grow my perspective of China and the world in an open minded manner. My experience in China encouraged exploration of personal ethnic identity. The experience enabled me to practice my Mandarin, learn more about Chinese cultures and urban explorations. During my stay, I visited Beijing, Nanjing, Suzhou, Zhenjiang, and Shanghai.
Continue reading Travel abroad means a lot to me because, as a first generation Chinese-American, I have felt out of touch with my cultural roots and have a yearning to understand exactly what my cultural identity means to me.
This summer I traveled for the first time to Seoul, South Korea to study at Hanyang University. Before this experience, when I thought about studying abroad, I thought it was for those who had a lot of money to spend and had nothing to do over the summer. However, what surprised me was how affordable my trip was.
Continue reading I met amazing people, tasted incredible food, and experience the vibrant and rich culture. I would not trade anything for the experience I had in South Korea.
I knew I wanted to go to France and I was only able to go abroad during the summer. Which made the study abroad program provided by SUNY Oswego the perfect fit for me. I was a student of the University of Nice- Carlone for the month of July. Classes met Monday through Friday from nine to three.
Continue reading What made this trip memorable was not the fact that I got to see France or learn about French culture, but was the fact that I made life long friends
My experience in Malawi has been humbling, life changing, and I am so thankful that I was given the opportunity to be able to learn from the people and the country of Malawi.
Continue reading “A piece of my heart will always remain in Malawi…”
The study abroad I participated in was the four-week program to Madrid, Spain. I decided to participate in this program because I wanted to practice my Spanish. My parents are both from Panama, so I grew up within a Hispanic household. However, in my upbringing, I heard a lot of references to Spain and wanted to experience the country and culture for myself.
Continue reading Summer in Spain: An experience that changed my life
Traveling has always been one of my biggest dreams, but I never thought it was going to be possible to do so while in college due to the fact that while I was at Binghamton I was majoring in biology and a pre-medical student. But with careful planning I went abroad to Rome, Italy for the winter break in 2017.
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I have heard testimonies from other students, faculty members, and even my younger sister that studying abroad is an enlightening experience. So, I decided then that I would do the same.Because I double major in English (Creative Writing) and Art Studio (Drawing) with an interest in sequential art, I had trouble finding a study abroad program that suited me. And as a transfer student, I could only apply to study programs offered by Binghamton University. Otherwise, I would risk exceeding my transfer credits. Fortunately, I was lucky to discover a new study abroad program titled “Japanese Contemporary Art Animation and Beyond”. I knew the program would focus on a genre of visual narrative that I was unfamiliar with as well as the characteristics of contemporary Japanese art.
Continue reading How Studying Abroad Gave Me a New Perspective
I studied at Lorenzo de Medici in Florence, Italy. I chose to go to Italy because my family is from southern Italy, and I speak the language. Prior to studying abroad, I had always wanted to travel the world and go any and everywhere I could. I thought I would get to Europe and thrive, fall in love with the continent, and never want to leave… and I did, but not at first.
Continue reading “I left Italy with a newfound version of myself that I loved, and I couldn’t wait to get home and be exactly who I wanted.”
My name is Amber Weinstock, and I went abroad on Binghamton’s Semester in London program during the spring semester of my Junior year. While abroad I learned many things, several of which were outside my studies; for instance, in England, English muffins are actually called ‘crumpets’, Mother’s Day, or ‘Mum’s’ Day, is in March, and London’s food is to die for (and I don’t mean in the good way that the phrase is usually used in), but the beer makes up for it!
Continue reading It’s Always A Good Time For Tea