A semester abroad from studies abroad – Natasha Peters

“I have lived and studied abroad almost my entire life, yet going to Hong Kong was a new adventure for me” When I left London to start my exchange semester in Hong Kong I had no idea that it would so quickly become my favourite place in the world, nor that it would be so…

Friendsgiving – Shola Lee

Thanksgiving. A yearly holiday celebrated across America. Many of my friends went home to their families; my surrogate family and I, however, decided to stay in the city for Friendsgiving. Family traditions are an inherent part of Turkey-Day festivities and ours was no exception. My Thanksgiving Day fittingly commenced with a considerable amount of food;…

Studying Abroad at University of Texas – Danial Naqvi

My name is Danial Naqvi and I should be a second-year Human Geography student at QMUL. I say that ‘I should be’, because although for all intents and purposes, I am; I’m currently sitting in the United States of America, in Austin, Texas to be precise. Why? I’m on a study abroad semester at the…

Arriving in New York – Shola Lee

I spent all summer wondering what life would be like in New York; the city is so infamous that before you arrive there’s an innate sense of familiarity. I researched: restaurants, museums and societies, I wanted to see and do everything. During the months leading up to my arrival I had concocted this romanticised version…

My Election – Malina Mindrutescu

More times than not, I pride myself with having the memory of an elephant. On this particular occasion, I really wished I didn’t. “I remember it as if it were yesterday” is a saying that couldn’t apply more accurately than in this particular instance. I remember having talked with a friend that very day about…

Top travel tips for studying abroad in California – by Sophie

Although keeping up with schoolwork and campus life is of course an important aspect to a study abroad year, one of the big perks is the opportunity to travel and the chance to try something new every weekend. I studied abroad at UC Riverside’s Southern Californian campus and was amazed at how many world-renowned destinations…

Arriving at UPenn – by Fahima

I have started to settle in to UPenn and have been enjoying my experience so far. On arriving to Penn, I was in awe as to how beautiful the campus is. It is everything and more than I imagined it would be. Straight away, there was a huge buzz and excitement around the whole campus…