This week, ACCENT Madrid Programs Coordinator Tania Rodríguez provides some advice to students preparing to study abroad, particularly addressing common emotional challenges study abroad students experience and how these challenges can be addressed.
Today, we hear from Lisa Harvey, the newest member of the ACCENT Florence team. A prolific writer and enthusiastic traveler, Lisa joined ACCENT last month as a Programs Coordinator, where she organizes activities and assists students with day-to-day life abroad. This week, Lisa gives advice on what not to pack when preparing for study abroad.
When I was in the third grade, we were told to invent a machine that would help with daily life; some of my friends drew machines that would do their homework, others invented room-cleaners, and me? I invented a packing machine. I hated packing so much in third grade that I invented a machine to do it for me.
You’d think after becoming a wandering vagabond and living abroad, I’d have gotten used to this horrible process. Unfortunately, I don’t think I’ll ever get there. However, I have mastered it in a sense – so I’m here to help you not have stress when you heave that forty-nine-point-nine-pound suitcase onto the scale at the airport. There are plenty of articles on what to pack when studying abroad, but these lists cause over-packing. Instead, we’re going to focus on what you should leave out of that suitcase.
Beginning with its first community college partnerships in 1991, ACCENT has continued to offer affordable short-term and semester-length custom study abroad programs designed to meet the unique academic needs of the community college population. Through these efforts, ACCENT has enabled over 8,000 students from over 25 U.S. community colleges to study abroad over the past 25 years.
Three Santa Barbara City College students have received scholarship awards to support their study abroad experiences in Florence. Throughout their time overseas, they will serve as community college student ambassadors, sharing articles about their time studying abroad. We look forward to reading about their many experiences in Italy! Meet our Spring 2020 recipients!
This Fall, UCLA student Grace Hawkins participated in UCEAP’s Contemporary Spain program in Madrid. In addition to winning 3rd place in the ACCENT Madrid photo contest, Grace also sat down with our staff to discuss her success making friends with the locals.
This past fall, UC Berkeley Global Edge student Katherine Stevenson spent three months in London, where she learned to live like a local.
The distinction between being a tourist and a local blurs at times. While studying abroad, I traveled to a variety of other countries. I learned a little Norwegian on my trip to Oslo, I tried chimney cakes in Prague, I marveled at the magnificent Cliffs of Moher in Ireland, and I saw the La Sagrada Familia in person in Barcelona. Despite how much I loved my weekend trips that I could never have experienced in my hometown, they paled in comparison to becoming a Londoner. Continue reading
This week, ACCENT Paris Programs Coordinator Audrey Casabielhe takes us on a tour of some of Paris’ most unusual buildings, churches, and museums.
What makes the world’s passion for the city of lights never-ending is the mystery and wonder that time has engraved upon Paris. The memories of its inhabitants are palpable across the centuries. You can find odd houses, quirky statues, strange museums, unusual churches, and unimaginable buildings. More than the beauty of the city itself, these discoveries make you feel like you are a part of history. Each day you can discover Paris in a whole new way. Continue reading
This week, a University of California student taking part on this fall’s “All Roads Lead to Rome” program shares with us how her expectations prior to arriving abroad differed from the reality of living almost halfway across the globe. Continue reading
This week, University of California student Ana Cristina Garrido shares her experience in Paris, from her initial nervousness to the exhilarating realization that she can now navigate herself abroad.
This week, Golden West College student Makenna DeLeu reflects on her time in London this summer, including a memorable trip to Brighton. Continue reading
This week, ACCENT Madrid’s Programs Coordinator Megumi Ratliff tells the story of a unique community garden in Madrid’s Malasaña neighborhood.
This week, we check in with ACCENT Community College Scholarship recipient Katelon Egan, who has been studying in Paris and Rome. Despite some initial concerns, Katelon was surprised at how easily she managed to adjust to life abroad and the comparatively relaxed culture of Paris.
This week, ACCENT Rome’s Alice Mangia describes a visit to the lavish Villa D’Este as part as ACCENT’s Cultural Activities Series, wherein ACCENT Study Centers offer optional cultural enrichment activities in complement to their regular academics. Continue reading
This week, we join ACCENT Community College Scholarship recipient Samantha Castillo as she embarks on her study abroad adventure in Paris. Samantha discusses the value of stopping to observe and enjoy the hustle and bustle of a new city. Continue reading
This week, ACCENT Paris Programs Coordinator Audrey Casabielhe writes about Paris’ unique place in cinematic history, from the earliest silent films to the major blockbusters of today. Continue reading
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