Description: The caption on the t-shirt by John Gagliardi sums up this entire journey. Visiting Mount Fuji was not part of the program so my peers and I had to take the initiative to plan this trip in this alien country. We figured out the routes in Japanese and finally arrived at Kawaguchiko. The view of Fuji was breathtaking. We only saw it from towers and train rides but being this close to it and capturing it's enormity was truly magnificent.
Description: When I was in London, I felt like I had the world at my feet. European cities are so much closer together and easier to get between than cities in America, which meant exploring was easy! London is also so full of history, diversity, and culture that I felt constantly surrounded by the beauty of the world. This photo was taken standing on the Prime Meridian line in Greenwich, London; the line which divides the hemispheres. I was so proud of myself for coming this far, and being in such an amazing place like London. Study abroad gave me a new appreciation for exploring the world.
Description: We explored Hohe Tauern National Park in Austria as a group. We were met wtih countless breathtaking views and memories that will last a lifetime.
Description: As this study abroad had a lot of free time, I and others often found ourselves sitting down by Galway Bay listening to the ocean wash over the rocks and watch the sun set. It was a perfect time for the growth of friendships both in the group as a whole, but also amongst smaller ones (in our case, the cottages). I would often come down to the bay to do homework or just to think. My thoughts would wander from topic to topic, but often I would look around and reflect how this beautiful nation has been through so much and despite its turmoils, has persevered and will never give up. From the Rebellion of 1798 to the Easter Rising of 1916, Eire (Ireland in Gaelic) has certainly shown how strong it truly is.
Description: Study abroad gave me scuh a sense of independence that I never had before. I traveled to eight different countries with brand new friends I hardly knew weeks before that. I gained so much confidence navigating through new cities each week and communicating in a different language. It made me feel like I could do anything. It made me feel free to be whoever I wanted to be.
Description: Valparaiso pours color in ever corner of the city. This photo shares a glimpse of the beautiful city that I experienced quite regularly. It's livelihood brings people from all over the world to share and experience its beauty. This city provided many adventures and unforgettable moments.
Description: Ireland seems to be a country full of ruins. Everywhere we went, it seemed like there was another old ruin that acted as a "playground" for us to explore and learn about Ireland's past. As we traveled around Ireland, we became familiar with the types of buildings that surrounded us and the historical significance they held. This monastery, for example, was built by St. Kevin in the 6th century. Think of how much work was put into that round tower.
Description: Bennies and Johnnies appreciated the history of Athens offered all around them. Along with the excitement of the country, weather, and ability to travel, the Bennies and Johnnies absorbed the rich history the Acropolis is home to. Besides being mesmorized by the sheer size of the Parthenon, being able to see the history in person has a major impact on ones' education! No textbook could compare to the temple itself.
Description: This picture was taken on Ile Saint-Marguerite, an island off the coast of Cannes. While the plans you made may break and fall apart, there is always a new adventure ahead.
Description: Serendipia the occurrence and development of events by chance in a happy or beneficial way. Warned about the Patagonia unpredictable weather one has two options; to stay back and wait, or jump into the storm embracing the adventure.
I am sorry but the People Choice Voting poll is no longer available. Look to see who won the People's Choice soon on our website and in the Bulletin Board.