Five Things I Never Thought I’d Miss While Abroad

Tower
Monday’s commute was the most typical commute I’ve had yet. Almost got nailed by a motorcycle on the way to the metro (classic Monday). Took the longer, scenic route to class, but the metro was backed up and I ended up late (classic Monday). But when the metro stopped unexpectedly over the Seine, instead of groaning, I snapped this picture. Yep, classic Monday. Paris co...
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Studying Abroad in Melbourne, Australia: The Australian Michael Scott (and Other Cultural Differences)

For my time at the University of Melbourne, I am required to take one course focused on Australian culture. Most students opt for the supposedly easy Australia Now! course, but my love for the moving picture pushed me towards Australian Film and Television. This was probably one of the best decisions I have made upon arriving here (second only to eating chocolate-dipped churros...
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How to Make Friends?

(I try to balance my blog posts between academics and social life to appropriately represent my experience at Pomona so far. Currently, I’m uncomfortably close to my first thesis deadline and would rather not talk about that, so social life it is!) Something that will happen to you a lot at Pomona is the Friend-Crush™. Arriving my first year, I was astonished at the sheer numb...
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Anonymity Abroad: Discovering a Sense of Place

Garden
Hey everyone! Happy autumn! Definitely my favorite season, autumn in Paris features strange weather, scarves, and sighs of relief as hordes of tourists return home. For me, this time of year always includes time for reflection. Maybe it’s the coming of winter or the start of a new school year, but I always find myself thinking about how my year has gone, what I want for the upc...
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Studying Abroad in Melbourne, Australia: Finding Nemo (and Losing Time)

Hello, hello and g'day, g'day! It has dawned upon me recently that I have 9 weeks left in Australia and 5 weeks left of classes. What. WHAT. Regardless, I am trying my best to bestow my presence upon every inch of Australia that I can. And where better than Ozzie's not-capital-but-still-most-well-known city? After the stress of midterms--and by stress I mean I ...
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California Appreciation, via Summer in New York City

I love New York. I realized this after I returned from visiting a friend in D.C. and was hit by an intense wave of comfort and relief upon stepping off my bus and into the familiar Manhattan streets. This city has managed to worm its way into my heart. I love so many things about it. From the museums to the Brooklyn Bridge to Central Park to the efficient public transpor...
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What Makes a Home? Finding a Piece of Pomona in Cambridge, MA

I felt like Goldilocks in my weeklong exploration of New York City’s wild concrete jungle and Northern Vermont’s wild lush greenery. After returning to cozy Cambridge, Massachusetts, I allowed myself a good stretch and a happy sigh that said, “I just experienced wild on two different extremes, but this is where I feel at home. This middle ground is where I’d like to be.” The...
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Studying Abroad in Melbourne, Australia: Welcome Week

Melbourne Welcome Scavenger hunt
G'day! I come to you live from Australia again to report my exhausting but exciting first week here as an American abroad! I suppose I should start with the weekend.   Firstly, I have never been to a bar in the States. Secondly, after what I experienced Saturday night, I question if anything within U.S. borders can compare. It was our first Saturday night toge...
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Making Money, Then Spending It on Fruit Juice

Here I am, almost halfway through my summer project already! Time flies here on campus, especially with not as many students around and no homework to do. My research has progressed to its intermediate stages, and summer living is settling into somewhat of a routine. I’m managing to pick up some extra odd jobs here and there on top of my SURP stipend, so my finances are loo...
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Love the Thrill, but Scared of Heights!

Three weeks ago, some friends and I decided to attend the New Jersey State Fair's Opening Day! For me, this would mean my first time leaving the Junior Summer Institute here at Princeton University. So I packed my bags and took the train to Penn Station in New York City. On the train, I met a really nice student from Princeton. We talked a lot about our experiences at Prince...
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