Author: Alyssa Schwartz

  • Spring Break

    Spring Break

    Spring Break was the most magical and much needed two weeks of my life. It started off with a trip by myself to a beautiful place called Scarborough, on the northern coast of England. I took the 3 hour train ride and stayed in an Airbnb by myself, which was a lot scarier than I…

  • Feeling At Home

    Feeling At Home

    Something I’ve struggled with here is completely letting go of home–honestly, it just won’t happen for me in such a short period of time. Knowing that I’ll be going back in just a little over a month is enough for me to already be making plans with my loved ones at home who I miss…

  • Kingston University vs SUNY New Paltz

    Kingston University vs SUNY New Paltz

    After going to New Paltz for 7 semesters, I thought it would be a good idea to switch things up before I graduated. I will always have a special place in my heart for Kingston University, and I’m glad I got the chance to take classes in a new environment. At first, I was terrified…

  • My Travels So Far

    My Travels So Far

    Since I’ve been in England, I’ve travelled to many different countries in a short amount of time. For anyone who does want to travel, I recommend booking all of your plane/train tickets and hostels/hotels/Airbnbs far in advance–and by that I mean the first or second week of your arrival. It might not all work out,…

  • A Vegan Abroad

    A Vegan Abroad

    As a vegan, I thought England would be a great place to study abroad because I had done so much research on what kind of food would be available to me–I was definitely right!! There are so many health food stores and there is even a market every single day of the week until 4pm in…

  • First Week in Surbiton, England

    My first week in England was interesting, to say the least. I got to my new home a week before classes and orientation, so I was kind of left to myself to figure out my surroundings. I was with two other girls from New Paltz, Meredith and Kathleen, and Kathleen lives in my lodging, so…

  • Leaving for England

    Leaving for England

    My last two weeks in New York before leaving for my new home in England were strange. I had just left SUNY New Paltz for the last time, since this semester is my last before I graduate. I was sad for reasons I couldn’t explain, happy to be home, and extremely anxious about starting life…