Draw a map, find a path, take a breath and run

Few feelings top the sensation of flying through the clouds.  Despite mild turbulence and occasional PA announcements, the fluffy white sky outside the airplane’s windows morphs human limitations into endless possibilities. Blocking out nausea and some serious psychological doubts, I boarded a plane from Newark, New Jersey to Belfast, Northern Ireland last week.  The couple…

Land of green meets the city

A full week has already passed in my semester abroad and it is going unbelievably fast! Even being here for a short amount of time I have found countless differences between the culture, the food and definitely the weather from Greensburg, PA. I can promise that the one thing people think of when hearing “Ireland”…

Biased media influences voting decisions

There’s an election coming up. You may have heard about it. (Are you registered to vote? You should be.) Not interested in politics? Too bad, they’re running your life as you speak. You should be interested. As November rapidly approaches, you can’t turn on the radio or watch the news or go on Facebook without…

Quick Terms in Chinese

Here are a few basic terms, keep in mind that pronunciation is vital. Many words are spelled the same way and may sound the same way but mean completely different things Hello – nǐhǎo (knee how) My name is – wǒ jiào (wah jiaow) Thank you – xièxiè (Shi-e Shi-e) Wonderful – tai hao le…