Sep 5, 2017

Checking In from Abroad

Hi all! It's hard to believe that it has only been a little over one week since I've arrived in Holland. It's been a whirlwind of a few days but I wouldn't have changed a thing. After moving in to my room and meeting my sweet roommate from Barcelona, the student group that handles exchange program kept up extremely busy. From a city tour, bike workshop, meeting our buddy groups, a traditional Dutch dinner, and of course a few parties the past few days have been some of the best ever.

To say I was nervous going into this entire experience would be an understatement. While there are a few students from the University of Richmond on the same program, I didn't know them very well so it was almost as if I was coming here alone. We've ended up getting friendlier and one of the girls actually live across the hall from me. That being said, I'm actually very proud of my adjustment to Dutch life in just the past week. I got a bike (everyone here bikes from place to place...its amazing) and have navigated my way from my building to campus to the store and basically everywhere around town. The rules of the road here are pretty unique for bikers so while I've definitely got the hang of it, I'm nowhere near the level of a local - people here are somehow able to bike and use both hands to text (don't ask me how). I've been cooking for myself and have picked up a few Dutch words that have helped me get by in the grocery store. As for classes, its a bit different because I'm coming from an environment where my classes at my home University are around 15 students and here I have lectures of about 100 students! But, so far so good...I'll be sure to give you guys another update later in the semester.

I'm thankful that I've quickly met some of the nicest new friends from all of the world and that I've been able to share these experiences with them. Classes have started but I'm definitely more excited for some of the trips that I have coming up. My exchange program has planned a trip all across the Netherlands to see some of the most iconic cities in the country. We'll be traveling to Utrecht, Delft, Rotterdam, Kinderdijk and Volendam just to name a stay tuned for tons of pictures of windmills and clogs😉. And since I only have classes two days a week, my friend and I planned a very last minute day trip to Cologne, Germany and we leave this week. It's only about 15 euros to get there and back which is definitely one of my favorite things about where I'm studying...the location is so central and accessible to basically anywhere in central Europe so obviously I have to take advantage of this and explore some of the neighboring countries.

That's all for now but enjoy these picture of my new home! More to come soon!

Aug 24, 2017

Hello Holland

After a summer spent thinking about this day, I'm so excited to be leaving for my semester abroad! I posted on my Instastory a few months ago and I'm sure you can tell from title of this post but I am going to be spending my fall semester in HOLLAND! 

Since the time I began my college search, I knew studying abroad was going to be part of my experience. After visiting my friend Julia in London two years ago while she was abroad and hearing all about one of my best college friends semester in Vienna (hi Kristina!), I have been even more excited for when my time would come! 

It still doesn't feel 'real' yet, even though by the time you're reading this, I'll probably already be on my plane to Amsterdam! Even when I was trying to pack my life into two suitcases, I still couldn't believe it was finally time to leave! Spending four months in another country is a really daunting idea for me (can someone teach me Dutch?) but I'm excited to travel, learn, explore an amazing new culture and make new friends with people from all over the world. I'm so thankful for this opportunity and can't wait to share my experience on the blog - expect tons of pictures, travel recaps, and even travel tips on the blog! 

Have you studied abroad? Where did you travel to?!

Aug 23, 2017

End of Summer Look with UNiDAYS

I’m so excited to be sharing this end of summer look on the blog today! While I’m sad to say goodbye to summer, I am so extremely excited for what’s in store this fall! Be sure to check the blog tomorrow morning for a super exciting announcement!

For all of you heading back to campus this month, I wanted to fill you in on a little secret! If you haven’t heard of UNiDAYS let me be the one to introduce you to it! I’ve been using the UNiDAYS app since I started college two years ago to help me get exclusive promos and savings for places like Urban Outfitters, Asos, GlassesUSA, Apple, Bed Bath & Beyond, and so so so many more places! All you need is a student ID to sign up and you’re ready to freshen up your back to school wardrobe without breaking the bank.
This look wouldn’t be complete without my new pair of sunnies from GlassesUSA. I'm wearing the Palermo in Black but they also come in this fun white color too! Right now, you can get 55% off your purchase of sunnies or prescription glasses (including Ray-Ban, Marc Jacobs, and so many other fabulous brands) when you shop through UNiDAYS - just sign up and start shopping! I picked this pair of reflective sunnies because that was one style that was missing from my collection! This printed skirt was one of my favorite finds of the summer - paired with a simple white tee and sneaks, it really makes for an easy and stylish look! I already plan to wear this as we transition to fall weather soon! Switch out the white tee for a black one and throw on a denim jacket and I’ll be good to go! While I couldn’t link this exact skirt, this is super cute similar one!
If you’re interested in learning more about UNIDAYS and how to sign up you check out their website. For exclusive content, student tips, and style inspiration head over to their blog, The Edit!

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