Tag: travel abroad

On the Banks of the River Thames

Now for the 3rd entry from my mini-term abroad in London! Once you get the hang of using the underground and walking around the city, London begins to feel much smaller and incredibly accessible. Throughout the mini-term, the River Thames became a point of reference that helped tie our various day trips together…

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Trimesters at Union

Let’s take a few minutes to talk about trimesters. Something that sets Union apart from most colleges and universities in America is its trimester system. Contrary to the norm, we have three terms instead of two and we take three classes for ten weeks each. This works out so we get a six-week winter break from Thanksgiving to just after New Year’s, and while we get out a little later in the summer, we don’t have to go back to school until early September. By the time we’re out of school for Thanksgiving break, we’ve completely finished with our...

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Winter Break Plans

Union’s schedule is pretty strange. We don’t get out until June, and we have all of December off. This fall I have been quietly freaking out over what I would do for break. Unlike a lot of my friends who have each other at home during break to hang out with, it’s just me. I live in rural New Hampshire and there really aren’t many (or any…we don’t have any businesses in my town) that would hire me just for 6 weeks. My first two winter breaks were spent working at a ski mountain teaching lessons. Ideally, this would...

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Having my Car at Union

This year I’ve brought my car with me to Union, which has been incredibly useful. A yearly parking pass is only $15, which is incredible, and I’ve got a small parking lot right behind my house that I can use. I’ve taken a couple weekends to visit my family in Boston and to see my girlfriend at Penn State, and with my convenient Tuesday and Thursday class schedules I can take regular long weekends. I get to drive my little black 1988 Volvo 240 pretty often, and it does well on the long drives. I can also make trips to...

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Cockeyed-Optimist

So, here it is, the first week as a college freshman and honestly, my emotions have never felt so intertwined as they do right now. I’ve gone from ecstatic to hopeless to nervous all in under twenty-four hours, and often times, all three hit me in a heartbeat. Although I would love to refrain from the typical “first-day of school” standpoint, my options are fairly slim at the moment. Back tracking all of this, my emotions and mental state-of-mind played a significant part in my preparation for college. I’d known for years that I would travel out-of-state to attend...

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Satisfying Our Hunger In Budapest, Hungary

Budapest, Hungary was one of my favorite places to visit on my study abroad! The food was absolutely incredible and I enjoyed visiting the thermal baths, the Alexander Book Cafe, and visiting a church that was built into a hill! Read about my experiences here! 🙂

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Thank U

There are two days of classes left in Spring term, and one class left for me in my undergraduate career. I’ve had a lot of time over the past few weeks to reflect on my past four years here at Union and the only thing I can think of to say is: Thank You. During high school all you hear about is how college is the best four years of your life.  While I can’t speak to that now because I have no idea what will happen during the rest of my life, I can say that the past four...

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Birthday Weekend in Ithaca

Last weekend was one of my friends from high school’s 21st birthday! Since Ithaca isn’t far at all, I took the drive to visit her at school. It took about 3 hours or a little less. Her parents came and brought the most amazing cake, too!...

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