Voices from Abroad


Veronica McMorrow (Limerick, Ireland)

Veronica McMorrow Blogger Veronica McMorrow '19 is studying abroad at the University of Limerick in Limerick, Ireland this fall semester. She is an Elementary Education and Psychology double major. This semester she is taking two Irish literary studies courses, an Irish music class, and two psychology courses. She cannot wait to immerse herself into the culture and share her experiences abroad with everyone!

Marissa Kelemen (Bali, Indonesia)

Marissa Kelemen Blogger

Marissa Kelemen '18 is studying abroad in Indonesia through SIT this fall semester. She is a studio art major with a minor in philosophy. This semester she is taking four courses focusing on Bahasa Indonesia, culture, religion and field methods & ethics. She cannot wait to learn and grow from her experiences. Follow her blog to keep track of her adventures!


Anna Meusel (Oxford, England)

Anna Meusel It has been an absolute whirlwind since touching down in Heathrow, but one week into my Oxford semester and I am feeling remarkable confident that I have made a life-changing decision in coming here. Luckily for me, with the native language of England being English, I haven’t had too much of a tough time with basic communication other than figuring out what “smart dress” requires, that “quid” is somehow a synonym for their currency of “pounds,” “quite” and “lovely” are everyone’s favorite adjectives, and “punting” is a read more...

Natalie Jackson (Madrid, Spain)

Natalie Jackson Hola! My name is Natalie Jackson. I'm currently a junior at Saint Michael's College and am studying abroad in Madrid, Spain. From the moment I stepped off of the airplane upon my arrival in Spain, I knew that I had chosen the right place for me to study abroad. Despite the trouble of losing my luggage for two days, navigating myself from a completely different terminal to the one I was supposed to meet my program director in, and moving in with a host mom that didn't speak a single word of English, I somehow still was happy (and calm) in every moment because Spaniards read more...

Ionela Putur (Stockholm, Sweden)

Ionela Putur I had just spent two months working in Oregon over the summer before I flew out to Stockholm, Sweden after just four days at home. It was my third time zone in less than a week and I took a red-eye flight out to Scandinavia so I was certainly exhausted by the time I landed at Stockholm Arlanda Airport. What I remember most from the first 24 hours in Stockholm are the feelings: excitement, nerves, exhaustion, a sense of overwhelm...but most importantly, I had that sense of happiness you get when you know you are embarking on an adventure of a lifetime. I knew from the start that I wanted read more...

Marissa Kelemen (Bali, Indonesia)

Marissa Kelemen Studying abroad always felt like a pipe dream for me. I can't believe I'm actually abroad in Bali, Indonesia! Thank you to everyone who has helped me get to where I am. One of the things that has been a huge shift for me was the toilet and bathing situation. Native Indonesians don't use toilet paper- they use something called a butt hose! It's a lot like a sprayer hose that you find on a kitchen sink, except used to rinse after you use the bathroom! It hadn't even crossed my mind that the toilets could be different in Indonesia. But, since I've become accustomed to using them, I've come to realize read more...

Meghan Feenan (San José, Costa Rica)

MFeenan As an Environmental Studies major, I chose to study in Costa Rica, which I felt would be the perfect place for me because it is considered as one of the most environmentally advanced and biodiverse countries in the world. If I had space in my academic schedule I would also minor in Spanish, so whats better than immersing myself for four months in a Spanish speaking country? Having taken seven and a half years of Spanish, I figured this would be a piece of cake. Well, my ego failed me when recognizing the potential for a cultural blockade read more...

Katharine O'Donaghue (Limerick, Ireland)

Katharine ODonaghue What’s the craic? My name is Katie O’Donoghue and I am a junior majoring in Sociology and Religious Studies. I am spending this fall at the University of Limerick in Ireland. So far, studying abroad has been filled with travel, adventures, new academic experiences, and plenty of phone calls home to my parents. Before I left for Ireland, I was second-guessing my decision to study abroad. I truly believe that St. Mike’s is the happiest place on earth, so why had I decided to leave? I’m used to a small campus, short walks to class, forming close relationships with professors, and seeing read more...

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