Alura Neumyer

Alura Neumyer May 28, 2019 2:00 pm

Experiencing Ethiopia

So many thoughts were running through my head before we landed in Ethiopia. The classes I had taken prior to leaving the U.S. were extremely helpful, but nothing could prepare me for the amazing week that I would have, venturing around and outside of Addis Ababa. We arrived at night, when the...

Alura Neumyer Apr 25, 2019 3:20 pm

Coffee, Tea, and an Unexpected Boost

Every freshman is required to take a First-Year Seminar. Having come back to campus in the spring, there was only one course option available. That is how I ended up in “Coffee and Tea: Origins, Economy, Ethics.” At first, I was apprehensive. I wasn’t sure how a class about...

Alura Neumyer Mar 28, 2019 10:40 am

Preview Broadens My Perspective of the World

Soon after returning home from studying abroad, I am jet-setting again through Arcadia’s Preview program. My Preview class is headed Ethiopia. The first part of Preview is learning about the country before we step foot these, which is always an important step when traveling to a new place. It...

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Alura Neumyer Feb 20, 2019 9:36 am

Returning to an American University

As my first semester at Arcadia after being abroad in Scotland got closer and closer, I was wrapped up in the many unknowns. I knew there was going to be a lot of differences in the structure of college life in the States compared to overseas. For one, I went from living in an...

Alura Neumyer Dec 21, 2018 11:01 am

Humans Beyond Arcadia: Life-altering Experiences in Scotland

As our time in Scotland comes to a close, I thought it was important to highlight some of the people who make up FYSAE and illustrate the lives that we have lived while away from Arcadia. To do this, I gathered FYSAE students at the University of Stirling and asked them to share with me their...

Alura Neumyer Nov 28, 2018 8:22 pm

Not Forgetting the ‘Study’ in Study Abroad

A week-long break in the middle of the semester left most of us Stirling FYSAE students ready to travel as much as possible in that appealingly long time period. But, back to reality, most of our essays were due around this time period, and lots of stress ensued as we balanced academics and...

Alura Neumyer Oct 24, 2018 12:00 pm

Travel Jitters

Before I left for FYSAE, this quote pushed me past my fears of living in another country during my first semester of college. It has encouraged me to overcome many obstacles: leaving friends and family behind, boarding a plane, traveling with strangers, and going on...

Alura Neumyer Oct 8, 2018 4:38 pm

Finding Homes Away From Home

As first-years, our lives change drastically. One day, we’re home with our parents to rely on and our dogs to wake us up in the morning. We’re accustomed to looking out the window everyday to see familiar surroundings. The next day, our routines dramatically changed. Everything transformed for...