Becoming a Local

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

ACCENT Community College Scholarship: La Dolce Vita

This week, we join ACCENT Community College Scholarship recipient Samantha Castillo as she leaves the bustling city of Paris behind and embarks on a new adventure in Rome. She reflects upon how study abroad has allowed her to gain confidence, whilst marveling at the ancient Roman ruins and connecting with the easygoing, welcoming Italian culture.

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ACCENT Community College Scholarship: Parisian Picnics and “The French Method”

Today, we check back in with ACCENT Community College Scholarship recipient Hunter Dickey, who recently returned home from a summer term in Paris. Hunter reflects on the academic and personal benefits of studying abroad and how adopting the Parisian lifestyle has helped him both in and out of the classroom. Continue reading

Love Was Everywhere

This week, Loyola Marymount University student Meaghan Wagner reveals how her two-week study abroad program in Rome changed her outlook on life, academics, and her career goals.

Imagine spending two years preparing for two weeks of your life: planning every flight, every museum, every restaurant, even every stop for gelato. Well, that’s what I did. I spent two years preparing for —obsessing over – this study abroad trip to Rome. Continue reading

ACCENT Community College Scholarship: A Storybook Adventure

This week, ACCENT Community College Scholarship recipient Megan Jones describes her initial feelings upon first arriving in Florence and the academic and personal benefits that come from studying art and history in context.

My first few days in Italy were a whirlwind of emotion. This trip marked my first time traveling outside of North America, and I had no idea what waited for me after stepping off my plane and boarding my train. What I discovered was a beautiful city called Florence. Continue reading