A Trip of a Lifetime

Written by: Olivia Kuhn My trip of a lifetime happened because I was running very early to class one day last winter quarter. I decided to hang out in the student center to pass the time. However, when I walked into the student center, I noticed many signs saying, “Winter Study Abroad Fair.” These signs…

A Real Life ‘Harry Potter’ Study Abroad

Hi everyone! DePaul’s Study Abroad Program “United Kingdom: Harry Potter and the Fan Experience” has been featured in two publications! Ben Conboy of The DePaulia and Adam Morgan of Chicago Review of Books wrote great articles describing the trip in more detail. If you’re interested in applying to this program, apply by February 1st! Feel free…

“Freizeit”

Written by: Helen Kinskey The word “Freizeit” in the German language directly translates to “free time” in English, but while studying abroad in Bonn I’ve come to realize that it means much more. Here in Germany, Freizeit is about experiencing leisure- there are Freizeit parks, Freizeit activities, and on Sundays all the stores and businesses…

DePaul Magazine Feature: Blue Demons Abroad

Written by: Jacob Sabolo Every year, the study abroad program sends students, faculty and staff all over the world to learn firsthand about other cultures. The Study Abroad program at DePaul University always has been about embracing differences. Students, faculty and staff embark on journeys in foreign countries, study or teach at different universities, encounter new cultures…

Letter from the Editor

Hello everyone! I am Samantha Mallett, the new Editor for SoJournal and a sophomore at DePaul University studying Marketing with a Concentration in Sales Leadership. I hope that midterms went/are going well for all of you! Here are a few fun facts about me: I have a Miniature Doberman Pinscher named Queenie, I am a…

What To Do If You Have Airport Anxiety

Written by: Marie Miguel I have airport anxiety. Some people can handle the ups and downs of airline travel with ease. They take the delays in stride and aren’t anxious to fly. They don’t go the bathroom a million times to try to ease the stress. They don’t look in the mirror and wish they…

How to Prepare for a Study Abroad Trip in Less Than a Week

Written by: Bailley Leppert Now, I wouldn’t necessarily recommend this – waiting until the last week before you leave is not the best route, because waiting until the last minute means scrambling, stressing, and usually forgetting something important. However, we all know that life doesn’t go according to plan, and having to prepare in less…

Reflecting on Chiapas 2016

  Written by: Nicole Grinbarg As a Study Abroad Ambassador, I had the opportunity this past Winter Quarter to provide tips and advice to the group that attended the 2017 Winter Quarter Mérida Study Abroad trip.  Assisting in their preparation gave me several opportunities to reflect on my time there during the 2016 Winter Quarter. …

Learning Curve

Written by: Gabriele Litkauskaite At 10:30P.M. on my second day in Madrid I was already mentally packing my bags. Hours earlier, after our first day of class at a University that is four times more numerous than my own, where no one wanted to speak English to help me find the correct building, and where…

One Year Later

Written by: Bailley Leppert So… it’s been a little over a year since my short-term study abroad trip to Italy, and I have decided that some reflection is in order. I need to take some time to digest what has happened since returning: what has changed and what has stayed the same? As you can…

Dear Vienna

Written by: Yasmin Zacaria Mitchel Dear Vienna, It’s not me, it’s you. With your crippling cobblestones and wannabe city-grid pursuits, I am through. I guess I should start from the beginning, but I question if you deserve my words. I have already wasted so much breath and effort navigating you, never feeling safe or content. I…