The Orion

The importance of traveling

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Nicte Hernandez

May 11, 2018

Traveling is seen as a leisure and can seem a bit unattainable though that does not always have to be the case. With thorough planning, traveling in your twenties is not impossible and we should all take advantage of this time in our lives, a time when we don't have as many responsibilities holding us...

Californian submerged in Southern culture

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Grant Schmieding

April 1, 2018

“Thanks, y'all, I appreciate yah,” a phrase my waitress uttered at least five times during my first experience at a southern diner. Famished after almost a full day of travel, I didn’t mind the excessive butter on almost all of my food and grits coming whether I liked it or not. I spent my spring...

Parents are people too

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Whitney Urmann

August 24, 2016

Moms and daughters fight. As young women try to find themselves a lot of resentment comes to surface as they grow into the women that raised them. My mother and I were no different. We argued, we slammed doors and we said things we regretted. This summer I spent 31 days traveling Europe with her...

Not having children is my choice, not yours

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Joann Chevaillier and Bobbie Rae Jones

April 18, 2016

Easter is such a fun day to watch kids run around all hopped up on sugar and looking for eggs. While visiting my boyfriend's family, I was having so much fun, then suddenly the dreaded question gets asked, “Don’t y'all want to have one of these running around?” My reply is, “Oh, I don’t know,”...

Traveling without the excuses

Traveling without the excuses

Alex Horne and Whitney Urmann

March 28, 2016

travel, money, food trucks, flights, Europe, Asia,

Chico alum creates online travel magazine

Chico State alumna Julie Kern and Jessica Vitorelo have turned their travels into a magazine,

December 13, 2015

Traveling the world in your early 20s old may seem out of reach for most college students. How exactly does a broke, busy and stressed college student plan a backpacking trip through Southeast Asia? Or a scuba diving adventure off the coast of a small Indonesian island? Well, Chico State alumna Jessica ...

All I want for Christmas is EU

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December 5, 2015

I am a firm believer that you can buy happiness— with a plane ticket.Since returning from studying abroad six months ago, I've been itching for the next adventure, as many returners experience. Winter break is a great time to travel, life permitting.Here's why you should make the time and space in your b...

Spring break travel plans

Emily Browning, junior English major, will be traveling to Pendleton, Indiana for spring break.

Blaine Ball

March 14, 2015

Chico State students shared their spring break destinations with The Orion before they headed out for the sand, slots and shops. Blaine Ball can be reached at [email protected] or @BlaineHBall on Twitter....

Growing up globally crafts perspective

Julianna Eveland

Julianna Eveland

April 10, 2014

It was almost 11 p.m. when the lights flickered, the walls shook and the earthquake had reached our Bay Holdings apartment in Baku, Azerbaijan. The earthquake read 6.3 on the Richter scale — Azerbaijan’s largest in 160 years. My family has always had a keen taste for adventure. The way I think abou...

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...

Orionite Abroad: Conquering culture shock

Writer Michelle Manera travels to London for the first time and poses for a picture at Piccadilly Circus.

Michelle Manera

February 4, 2014

If you have ever been to a circus, you're familiar with the high-energy atmosphere mixed with grime and grease. This week I went to Piccadilly Circus in London and although it was at a shopping district, it felt similar to a circus with thousands of bustling people. Culture shock itself is like a circus be...

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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