Getting to know the city!

On our first weekend in New Paltz we decided to go to the city!  when we arrived everything was different, people walking in all directions, lights, music, lots of shops, museums! we didn´t knew where to start!

We definitely know now why they say New York has its charm, with a great diversity of cultures, people and interests.

For now we will enjoy the tranquility of living in New Paltz, seizing the opportunity to take classes that will help us in our career and especially in our next internship. But above all the friendliness of the people here!

Sipping green tea in an old sofa

Too many changes all at once.

I am now living in an unfamiliar place with 21 strangers who don’t speak my language.

I’m feeling just a tiny bit confused.

Being an incurable introvert, I sometimes feel the need to take a moment for myself, just to organize my thoughts. It’s not that I don’t like the place I’m in or the people I’m with, don’t get me wrong, this experience has by far been incredible, I’m loving every single second. I just feel like having a comforting place where I can go to collect my thoughts and all these new feelings.

And I found that place: it’s the New Paltz Cafeteria.

It’s such an amazing place to study in, or to just chill with your friends. When you walk in, it feels like a familiar place, maybe because of all the old furniture or maybe because somebody is constantly practicing with his guitar right next to the entrance door. The wooden floor creaks with every step, until you reach one of the many sofas in the room, and believe me they’re as old as comfortable, you’ll feel like you’re sitting on a cloud. The lights and music are never too strong or overwhelming, they are just perfect for the atmosphere, letting the harsh light from the outside world peak through the large windows on one side of the room, but not letting any of the noise or worries from the chaos of your everyday life in. You feel like nothing can affect you, while you’re in there.

Can you tell how in love I am with this place?!

So if you’re looking for a relaxing place to lay down your tired bones and sip something hot (or cold) go to the New Paltz Cafeteria, you won’t regret it. I suggest to try the Jasmine Green Tea, they serve it either hot or cold and it smells heavenly. It’s the icing on the cake.

Hello Mr. President!!

Hi!! The weekend from February 16 to the 18th, Marce, Blanca, Lucy, Nora, Pontus and I decided to visit Washington D.C. We visited the main attractions such as The White House, US Capitol, Lincoln Memorial, Washington Memorial, WWII Memorial, Air and Space Museum, and some other interesting places!! I had the opportunity to visit a friend who studies in Georgetown and she showed us the university and it’s surroundings. Everything is so beautiful, totally worth it!! Even though it was really cold we had a great time.

Here are some cool pictures about our trip and our beautiful hostel.

We miss you!!!

My roommate Maja has been sick for a few days now. But I am taking good care of her: I try to not wake her up in the morning when I get ready to go to school, I buy her magazines, cookies, ice-cream and chocolate and I try to comfort her as much as I can since she is sad not to live the campus life with us.

I’m writing this post to tell her how much we miss her and that we all hope she’ll feel better soon!!!

My Birthday!

Last Friday, 1st of February, was my 22th birthday and thanks to my new family, the IIB students, it became the most amazing experience! One I will never forget.

The day began with a SURPRISE! Morning birthday cake, it was delicious! Later on some of us headed to “Woodbury Commons” to do some shopping, the place was really nice and filled up with luxury brands, the prices where amazing, so cheap! Finally, on the evening we toasted all together & I received a SURPRISE! Birthday gift, a wallet…Just what I needed!

I am so grateful to have this amazing new family, I have no words to describe how happy I am and how this experience has happen to become one of the greatest memories in my life. It amazes me how in such little time I have become warmhearted to each and every one of you. Once again, thank you IIB family for making my birthday an unforgettable experience.

My IIB family!

Road trip to Boston!!

For our first weekend in New Paltz we decided to rent three cars and drive all the way to Boston, Massachusetts. We barely knew each other and we were already going on a trip all together. It was so much fun!! We stayed on a beautiful hostel, we went to a nightclub, and visited the most important attractions in Boston. We also visited MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) and Harvard, both universities are incredibly huge and beautiful!!

We had such a great time and it was an excellent opportunity to get to know each other outside the Super 8 and the university.

Here are some pictures of the trip!!

The study abroad experience!

One of the best things with studying abroad is that it offers a chance to make new friends from all over the world and to create a professional network! We are 18 students from Mexico, Italy and Sweden participating in the IIB Program. Even though we have been here only for three weeks, we have already become like a family. We are also taking courses with students from the U.S., China, Brazil, and Turkey. This mix gives different points of view when having discussions during the lectures.

The study abroad experience also gives a new perspective on the world and a better understanding of different cultures. I believe it is very important in today’s global society to posses the skill to communicate across cultures and to be open-minded. Since my goal is to work in an international company, I feel very motivated to study in this international context and of course I’m very excited for my internship in NYC!

Before I came to New Paltz, I studied abroad in Worcester, Seoul and London but I never shared a room with anyone. Here in New Paltz, we share room with another IIB student from a different country. My roommate Patrizia comes from Italy and she is really great! She is always positive, fun and a very talented student.

I am very pleased to get this study abroad experience, to make friends from all over the world and to build a global network!

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Happy Surprise

Almost three weeks have passed by since we for the first time met each other at the JFK airport. Under these three weeks all of us have become really close and it feels like we are a family. We have a lot of fun together, help and support each other.

My start here in New Paltz was not one of the best. After the first day in School I got fever and the doctor told me that I probably had caught the flu. So I lay in bed for most of the time for five days and missed the Pool Party organized for us IIB students and also a trip to New York City.

At the evening of the Pool Party someone knocked on my door. It was quite late and I was all alone, so I took a glance in the peephole and saw a bunch of girls standing outside. I opened the door and there was Therese, Patrizia, Katherine, Maja, PetroNella and Daniela standing with a huge goodie bag full of my favorite things. I got really surprised, happy and moved by their kind taught. The girls did not want me to feel all alone while they were in NYC for the weekend and therefore they had bought me all the things I love.

My roomie Blanca also took so good care of me and the others of the IIB family were asking me frequently how I was doing and if there was something they could do for me. Everyone is so caring.

With this blog post I wanted to show you how wonderful and thoughtful people I am surrounded by.

I am very happy for that.