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Orionite Abroad: Tips for healthy traveling

Orionite Michelle Manera at the Trevi Fountain in Rome.

Michelle Manera

April 23, 2014

People have been wondering if I'm even studying here because of how many cities I have seen. Foreign education systems expect you to spend less time in the classroom and more time learning by yourself. If done properly, weekends and spring break are yours without sacrificing grades. We have a three-week long spring break at my school in Brighton and I just spent two of those in Ita...

Orionite Abroad: Great expectations, unplanned experiences define destinations

Michelle Manera poses next to a street sign in Paris. Photo courtesy of Michelle Manera.

Michelle Manera

March 30, 2014

Paris was my second highest priority, after London, this semester abroad. I was told by student advisers that Europe-bound students always anticipate too much and spend too much there, but this didn't lower my expectations at all. When choosing classes for my last undergraduate semester, I chose to take ...

Orionite Abroad: Stay calm and discourage stereotypes

Michelle Manera walks the famous Abbey Road crossing. Courtesy of Michelle Manera.

Michelle Manera

March 18, 2014

Defeating the American stereotype can't be done with just one act.It's a daily task that involves choosing not to lose control, or at the very least, losing control silently. Americans have a reputation of being loud and obnoxious, and since being abroad, I see that. But I have also seen British people act th...

Orionite Abroad: Dating your destination

Michelle Manera stops at The Tea Cozy in Brighton, England. Photo courtesy of Michelle Manera.

Michelle Manera

March 3, 2014

Choosing where to study abroad is a bit like finding someone to date. You want somewhere warm and welcoming. You want a challenge that makes you grow, but not one that is too difficult to deal with. The point is, even if you have a list of what you do and don't want, whatever place you choose will surprise ...

Orionite Abroad: Maximizing mini trips

Michelle Manera

Michelle Manera

February 19, 2014

Traveling for six months is expensive, and exploring outside your host city obviously contributes to that cost. But side trips also count for a huge percentage of memories you can take home from studying abroad. Five friends and I took advantage of our last week before school by taking a three-day trip to Scotland.Our city of choice was Scotla...

Discussing the study abroad program

Michelle Manera

January 29, 2014

I chose to study abroad through the University Study Abroad Consortium (USAC) because of the program's affordability and vast number of locations. This week I interviewed Kirby Swickard, Chico State's coordinator for USAC. When Swickard attended Chico State she chose to study in New Zealand.Thanks to an...

Orionite Abroad: It’s not too late to study abroad

Michelle Manera

January 19, 2014

It's natural to crave a formula, but life isn't formulaic. As I share my experiences that ultimately encourage you to study abroad, I'm not inviting you to think that studying abroad is a formula to change your life. However, it's only fair to warn you that studying abroad has already changed my l...

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