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Do I Need to Know Chinese?

March 5th, 2018

There’s a lot of questions when it comes to choosing a college, not to mention whether or not – and where – to study abroad. One of the things that I always hear is debating the language barrier. In Rome, you can get by just in English, although it isn’t very polite to your host […]


Explore Chicago CTA Edition: This is Belmont

Explore Chicago CTA Edition: This is Belmont

February 6th, 2018

This is Belmont. Doors open on the right at Belmont, transfer to Purple and Brown line trains at Belmont. This is a train to Howard. Hey everyone, welcome back to the sixth installment of Explore Chicago CTA Edition! As always, I’m your blogger, Miguel Molina! Today, we are going to be having some fun with […]


What Did I Expect?

February 4th, 2018

I think one of America’s biggest stereotypes of Chinese students is that they are very, well, studious. It may not always seem that American students are just as much, especially if you aren’t in university or don’t know many. But trust me. Even in Chicago, even in Rome, especially in China, we American students have […]


Ni hao from China!

Ni hao from China!

January 24th, 2018

Coming to you live (and early) from Beijing, I’m abroad once more and feeling great! (So far.) A lot has happened in the past week, but I won’t bore you with the orientation details. Let me just tell you about some of the surprises I’ve been having, and will continue to have, in this chapter […]


Welcome Back Ramblers!

Welcome Back Ramblers!

January 16th, 2018

It’s Tuesday, January 16th. There is a mini-blizzard seen outside the classroom, the smell of hot coffee beckons (waiting to be drunk), the sound of crunching snow and slosh of slush being stepped on by heavy duty boots. With all this, we are back to work. Welcome back Ramblers to Spring semester! Today, I am […]


What Happens in Study Abroad…

What Happens in Study Abroad…

December 22nd, 2017

… Stays with you forever.   It feels like months ago, or maybe just yesterday, or maybe even that I dreamed it, but finals week was just last week. Less than seven days ago I was in Rome, typing furiously on my last paper due and studying harder for my upcoming tests. I was mentally […]


Cheers to a Great Semester!

Cheers to a Great Semester!

December 8th, 2017

Just like that, Fall 2017 is done. It is so remarkable and surprising that time went by so fast- I still remember the first day of class in August so vividly! Especially since Chicago has not received much snow yet, it doesn’t feel like Winter Break is approaching yet. Anyways, it is good to end […]


Rome is Home

Rome is Home

December 5th, 2017

Well, it’s wild. I only have two more weeks here. Where in the world did the time go? I can’t believe it. I feel like just last week we landed, just yesterday I was in Greece for Fall Break, just an hour ago it was summer. And now the clock is ticking, everyone is preparing […]


What to Pack: Rome, part 2

What to Pack: Rome, part 2

November 29th, 2017

I am not sure how useful this will be, given that there are a lot of other packing lists out there and really packing is an activity of individual choice (or art form), but I thought I should tell you what I think you should do. Of course, again, this list won’t cover everything – […]


On-Campus JFRC Activities

On-Campus JFRC Activities

November 20th, 2017

Living in Rome is so much fun, and living in JFRC certainly helps make it so! Whether you go meet a Swiss Guard with Father Al, see St. Ignatius’ rooms where he stayed when he was in Rome, or go on a gelato crawl with the SLA’s, there is always stuff to do if you’re […]