GTFO: Get Stuck Into Your Year Abroad by Getting the F*ck Out Siri tells me loneliness is a sadness due to lack of company, or being isolated, and while my semester abroad was academically engaging, it was a lonely one, something that seems to be a common thread on the UCC Confessions Twitter. UMaine is in the middle of nowhere and the independence of … Continue reading The Not-So-Lonely Planet
Holly Buckley talks us through the strangeness of arriving home from a year abroad and how to cope with the readjustment. We have all heard of culture shock – that emotional difficulty and stress that comes from moving to a foreign country with different people and different cultures and different everything! It can be very overwhelming at the beginning and it’s important to remember … Continue reading Just Erasmus Things: Dealing with Reverse Culture Shock
Mark O’Leary muses on his recent trip to Paris, and whether its significance lies in its location or the feelings it inspires. Since my first visit to the city as an adult, last summer, Paris has occupied an almost sacred space in my self-conception. Travelling alone for the first time, Paris was the only place I had ever felt entirely untethered. The city had … Continue reading Being in Paris
In the second edition of her monthly column about studying abroad in America, Alana Daly Mulligan talks to a member of a sorority to gain an insight into Greek Life. “I just want to know, do you wear cloaks?!” I joke. She chuckles a little and then looks at me; “I can’t disclose any information, literally nothing at all. All I can tell … Continue reading The Not So Lonely Planet Search for sisterhood: The Sometimes-Scary Sorority Life in US Universities
Ruth O’Dwyer sets out some of the key things to take into consideration before deciding to work as an au pair. Have you ever considered working as an au pair for the summer in order to improve your fluency in a particular language, or maybe just to gain some experience living in a foreign country? Well, before you start making any set-in-stone plans, I highly … Continue reading Au pairing: not all it’s cracked up to be!