10 Reasons To Study Abroad This Summer

10 Reasons To Study Abroad This Summer

The main reasons to study abroad in the summer!

This past summer of 2017 I had the pleasure of going to Italy on a study abroad program through Stonehill College. The program focused on sustainability, art, food and environmental science. We lived on this off-road farm where we harvested potatoes, created our own art supplies, such as paper, and got to venture into Siena, Italy. The program lasted a quick three weeks- however, I stayed an extra week with my friend so we could visit Rome, Florence, Positano, and Pisa! So, basically, if you have seen the Lizzie McGuire movie when she goes to Italy, that was me minus the hot pop singer.

There were seven Stonehill students that accompanied me on my grand adventure across the globe! They are some of the best people I have ever met and I am so grateful to have met them! However, not only did our course cover science, and art, it also fulfilled my Learning Community requirement and Moral Inquiry! So here are some reasons why you should study abroad in the summer!

1. You get to fulfill credits while in a foreign country

While going to college to pursue your dreams is fun, it requires putting in the hours. Over the course of four years at college, you have to obtain a certain number of credits. However, if you plan to double major, or minor it can be difficult to find room for studying abroad and fulfill your credits. But, by studying abroad in the summer you kill two birds with one stone; fulfilling credits and visiting a foreign country!

2. You don't miss out on fun with friends at school! NO F.O.M.O HERE!

While studying abroad during a semester is fun, you can't help but wonder what's going on back home. By studying during the summer, you aren't missing Stonehill Bingo nights, Saturday night vent sessions with friends, or Fresh Check Day- because who wants to miss tiny, cute animals?

3. You get to brag!

All your friends are at work at home while you're in a foreign country! Who wouldn't brag about that? Also, depending on the program, you can study abroad for a few weeks and still have time to come home to work! So, you can make money and study abroad, its a win-win!

4. You have more time to take classes because you took school during the summer!

Do you plan on minoring? How about double-majoring? Same. However, it can be difficult to study all the subjects one wants and study abroad. By studying abroad in the summer your have more opportunities to minor or double-major increasing your skill set and building your resume!

5. You get to meet people you may not meet in class or on campus!

When you study abroad in the summer, you are with the group of people the entire time. Therefore, you are able to develop deep and lifelong friendships and relationships in a foreign country! How cool would it be to say you met your best friend in Africa?

6. It's a nice change of scenery after a year of working hard at school!

After a long year of hitting the books, it's refreshing to have a different view that the library. For example, the beautiful rolling hills of the Tuscany landscape. Studying abroad in the summer is like a gift you give yourself after a long year of work.

7.You don't need to worry about getting lost in a foreign country

When studying abroad in the summer, you are typically with your professors the majority of the time, at least that was the case on my trip! That way you never have to worry about getting lost or communicating! With adults around you get to be a kid more and truly enjoy your experience.

8. You get to eat lots of yummy food after eating school food for a year!

While I am so thankful for our amazing dining staff at the Commons, it is no gourmet Italian food. After a long year of eating school cafeteria food, you are gifted with delicious foreign food like yummy pasta and pizza. Trust me on this, once you eat Italian pizza, you will never go back. Ever.

9. Everything that happens during study abroad stays in the study abroad

Most of you have heard the saying, "Whatever happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas." Well the same applies when you're abroad. I would say more about my experiences but then I would be breaking the golden rule. Have fun and let your hair down!

10. In most foreign countries, you're of age! Welcome that glass of wine with dinner!

You are of age! Yes, in most foreign countries you are allowed to drink a delicious glass of wine with dinner or a fruity Bitter Shandy at the bar with friends.

If you have any questions about my trip through Stonehill feel free to contact me! The course was called Mindful Palette: Food, Art and Sustainability!

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Top 50 Things You'll Hear A Southern Say


For those of you who may need a little help understanding the slang of a southern, I made a list of the top 50 phrases and sayings, along with their translations.

1. Bless your heart.

My favorite saying. It is an empathetic phrase that is usually uttered when the speaker believes the recipient to be sweet, but misguided or stupid. It can also be used if the speaker believes the recipient needs to grow up and deal with it, when the speaker says it in a sarcastic tone.

2. Barking up the wrong tree.

Means being misguided or mistaken.

3. Aren't you precious?

Mostly this saying is used in a sarcastic tone in response to someone being offensive.

4. Britches.

Pants or underpants.

An example would be, "Your britches are too short, you can't wear those".

5. Coke.

Regardless if it's Dr. Pepper, Coca-Cola, or another carbonated beverage, it's called Coke here in the South.

6. Fixin' to.

Simply means that you are about to do something.

7. Get the short end of the stick.

This phrase means that you basically got an unfair deal or cheated out of something.

8. Give Me Some Sugar.

Simply means give me a kiss.

9. Hissy Fit.

A hissy fit is a grown-up version of a temper tantrum that is as bad as one that a toddler would throw.

10. Hold Your Horses.

Be patient.

11. Holler.

When you say "holler" you are basically letting the other person know something.

Example: Holler at me when you are ready to get something to eat.

12. If the creek don't rise.

This saying simply means that if nothing bad happens, everything will go as planned.

13. You're as slow as molasses in the wintertime.

This phrase means that you are being EXTRA slow.

14. Muddin'.

Off-road four-wheeler riding with the intentions of getting mud everywhere and possibly losing control.

15. Skat Cat.

A phrase that can be used instead of saying "God bless you" when you sneeze.

16. There's Not A Pot Too Crooked That A Lid Won't Fit.

There is someone for everyone.

17. Pitcher.

We mostly mean a plastic container that holds sweet tea, not the position of a guy on the baseball team.

18. Reckon.

When you say "I reckon", you believe that something is true.

19. Hoot With The Owls, Soar With The Eagles.

This simple phrase means that if you are going to stay up all night, you should be able to get early in the morning.

20. Too Big For Your Britches.

Simply means that you take yourself too seriously.

21. Stompin' Grounds.

Your hometown or where you grew up.

22. Back In The Day.

Back in the day could be a month ago, a year ago, or 20 years ago.

23. You're A Spitting Image Of (Insert Family Member).

Yes, I know I'm a spitting image of my mother. "Spitting image" simply means that you look just like someone.

24. "Darlin, Sugar, Sweetheart"

These words are simply terms of endearment.

25. Buggy.

A buggy is a cart/basket at the grocery store.

Example: Who wants to push the buggy?

26. Quit Crying Or I Will Give You Something To Cry About.

This phrase simply means to quit crying and if you didn't then more than likely you got a spanking,

27. Where You Raised In A Barn?

If you are from the South, you have probably been asked this more than once, especially when you left a door open.

28. Close The Door. You Are Letting All The Good Air Out.

This southern heat is nothing to play with. It simply means to keep the door closed so the air (or heat if its winter) stays inside.

29. You Are Going To Make Me Lose My Religion.

When you say this phrase to someone, it more than likely means that person has done something to irritate you or made you mad. Thank goodness Jesus saves.

Example: You are going to make me lose my religion.

30. You Look Like A Chicken With Your Head Cut Off.

This is said when you are running around like a crazy person. It can be said if you are looking for something that you are searching for or if you are just really busy.

31. Y'all.

The southern way to say "you all".

32. You Can't Carry A Tune In A Bucket.

If you've ever been told this, it means that you can't sing.

33. Have Their Feathers Ruffled.

You normally have your "feathers ruffled" when you are pouting.

34. Two Peas In A Pod.

When you and someone else are "two peas in a pod", it means that either you almost always together or that you two are almost identical in the way you think and do things.

35. Well Butter My Butt And Call Me A Biscuit.

This saying can be used when you are surprised or excited.

36. Don't Let The Door Hit Ya Where The Good Lord Split Ya.

When someone say this they typically mean to get out and don't let the door hit you on the way out.

37. You're As Good As Gold.

When you are "as good as gold", it means that you are well-behaved and obedient.

38. It's Raining Cats And Dogs Out There.

This simply means that the rain is really coming down hard. It's not actually raining cats and dogs, people.

39. I'm Full As A Tick.

This phrase means that you ate too much food.

40. I'm Sweating More Than A Sinner In Church.

When someone says this, it means that they are really hot and sweating A LOT.

41. Pot Calling The Kettle Black.

This phrase is used when one person is guilty of the very same thing of which they accuse another person.

42. There's More Than One Way To Skin A Cat.

It means that there is anyways more than one way to fix something.

43. Shut Yo' Mouth.

Means to be quiet or hush up.

44. Whatever Floats Your Boat.

This saying means to do whatever you want to do.

45. Slap Yo' Momma.

This phrase means that something is good.

Example: This BBQ is slap yo' momma good.

46. She's Like A Bull In A China Shop.

When you tell someone this phrase, you are telling them that they are clumsy or careless in the way that they move.

47. Cuttin' A Rug.

Cuttin' a rug is used to describe dancing.

Example: Let's go cut a rug tonight.

48. Clicker.

A clicker is another name for a TV remote.

49. Slow Your Roll.

This also means to be patient.

50. You're A Hot Mess.

When you tell someone that they are a "hot mess", you are simply telling them that they don't have it together.

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7 Things Never To Do While Visiting London

Abandon all hope, ye who use public transport during rush hour.


As I've said before, London is an interesting place to be, however, there are a handful of things that should be avoided. Of course, mistakes will be made and lessons will be learned, but maybe if you read this, you'll know better faster.

1. Do not stand on the left.


... of the escalator. Some people prefer to walk down to their train, and if you're in the way, it's as if you were sent from hell itself, especially during rush hour

2. Do not take the Central Line.


Unless you're going to the Museum of London or St. Paul's. Or you're into weird smells and clinging to the pole because there is no such thing as a smooth ride. To each their own.

3. Do not attempt to get anything to eat in Leicester Square after 4:30.


Leicester (pronounced like "Lester") Square is one of the best places to grab some grub in Central London because of the sheer amount of choices. Just plan to eat early because everyone else knows that very thing and you'll end up waiting an eternity for a table, then food.

4. Do not rely completely on an app.


It's totally fine if you have no clue where you going or how public transport works, but once you get the hang of it, you're allowed to trust your own judgment. Maybe you don't have to get off the train then switch twice before getting there instead of riding a few stops more and switching once.

5. Do not attempt to take the Tube during Rush Hour when you have other options.


Just take the bus if you have to to the national railways. The SWR trains are slow, but at least you're not packed in like sardines and there are usually open seats.

6. Do not forget to check for student discounts and bring your ID.


Remember this when you go to the palaces, it could save you six pounds and make a real difference if you're going with others.

7. Do not let anything ruin your day.


There will be a lot of things that will try to ruin your day... Like people who intentionally break some rules above, lines (Sorry, queues), poor navigation skills, etc. Still, you're in London. Savor your visit, and don't let any mistakes or people without common decency ruin your visit.

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