Weekend Adventures in Japan

Written by: Samantha Mallett Featuring: Cassie Turczyn (Wandering Cassie) Have you ever wondered what it would be like to go to Japan? Cassie Turczyn shows us her exciting weekend adventures using vlogs (video blogs) on her YouTube channel, Wandering Cassie. If you’ve created a vlog about your study abroad experience, be sure to enter our…

Japan: Arts, Politics, and Economy

Written by: Professor Laura Kina DePaul’s “Japan: Art, Politics, and Economy” program had a phenomenal time in Okinawa. Check out some of the photos that Professor Laura Kina sent to us below! 12/7/17 We visited University of the Ryukyu and attended three classes. We learned about Okinawa’s clean energy initiatives and the Okinawa-Hawaii Clean Energy Project…

I Once Was Five Feet Away From Beyoncé

Written by: Samantha Mallett Would you believe me if I told you that I once stood five feet away from Beyoncé? And no, it was not at a concert. It happened during the summer of 2016 while I was on a trip to Switzerland. Beyoncé’s face was splattered all around Zurich because she had an…

Frequently Asked Study Abroad Questions

Hi DePaulians! I hope you all are enjoying winter break thus far! This is a great time to research study abroad programs that you may be interested in that place during summer, fall, or for the entire academic year. As a Peer Advisor, there are a lot of frequently asked questions from students and I…

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…