Oh yeah, I’m going to school too

Ahoj! Welcome back to emmabroad or should I say “emabroad” because that’s a more traditional Czech way of spelling it – Ema. They also spell and pronounce Chizek a little different.

Anyways, I started class at Anglo-American University (AAU) this week. My uni is in a building that used to be a palace, so it is pretty extravagant. I have been dressing up quite a bit more for class than I do in the states because leggings and a sweatshirt don’t really go with this chandelier.

This semester I’m taking four courses: German 2, Prague Art & Architecture, Intro. to Management, and Corporate Finance. My first class was German, and it was a very cultural experience. While most of my classes have at least a couple of students also studying abroad in them, my German class does not. All of the other students attend AAU full time. Since it is an international school, my peers are from Macedonia, Kosovo, Brazil, Russia, and Bulgaria (to name a few). I have a feeling it’s going to be a challenging semester because I can only speak minimal Deutsch as it is, and now I have to try to understand everyone speaking it in their respective accents as well. I hope it makes me a much better listener/speaker and can’t wait for see how much my language skills progress in the next four months.

After that, I had my management class, which had the most intense ice breaker I have ever experienced. To start the three hour class, we went around the class and introduced ourselves per usual, but after going through the syllabus, we got into groups, brainstormed a product/service, created a brief marketing and finance plan, and presented it in front of the class. At the time it was stressful, but now I actually know a few of my classmates, and everyone seems more comfortable with one another.

I can already tell my Art & Architecture class is going to be my favorite this semester. The purpose of the course is to learn all about Prague’s history through field trips to the city’s beautiful galleries, cathedrals, castles, museums, etc. I love both history and Prague, so there is really no way to go wrong! At the end of my class, my Czech professor even asked if any students wanted to grab a beer with him because talking for three hours is “thirsty business.” He was dead serious.

Besides classes, I had a great week trying new things. For example, on Sunday morning a few of my roommates and I went to Czech Mass in a 20th century cathedral; it was nothing like I have ever experienced before (in a good way).

In addition, I tried yoga on Monday for the first time ever. Our program, CEA, has a fitness initiative called iMove, which offers a few different classes each week. It was a little tough at first because I haven’t stretched some of those muscles that much since high school sports, but I will definitely be going back in the future.

We also celebrated my roommate Iva’s 21st birthday on Tuesday at the CUTEST place called Cafe Chloe. If you even semi-enjoy the color pink, you’ve gotta go to this place sometime. Iva got a pink latte, and we all got delicious breakfast smoothie bowls. It was so fun.

Overall, I am already starting to feel like I’m fitting in here. Grocery shopping is getting easier, public transportation is a breeze, and a few of my roommates, Kiera and Megan, and I are taking a trip this weekend already.

Thanks for reading along!

Tschuss,

Emma

The Beating Heart of Europe

Dobry Den! On Monday, January 28th, I escaped the Midwest’s polar vortex by flying from Des Moines to Prague. After a couple of layovers and flights, I finally arrived in the Czech Republic early Tuesday morning. This week has consisted of meeting my other four roommates, completing orientation with CEA Study Abroad, and learning the fantastic public transportation system. I have also tried to familiarize myself with the city by sightseeing and with language by practicing at stores/restaurants.

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My view from Anglo-American University this semester
A few of my roommates and me in front of the Astronomical Clock
The Lennon Wall (which is a lot smaller than I expected)
Famous baby statues in Prague
A beautiful sunset over Charles Bridge

In addition, here are some main differences I have noticed over the past few days:

• Czechs keep to themselves more and don’t smile at strangers like Iowans do

• Everyone seems to speak a lot softer here

• Walking a few miles each day is very normal

I’m sure these common practices will become more familiar as the semester progresses, and I am thankful that I’ve had a few days to adjust to the time zone and initial culture shock before starting classes on Monday!

Dekuji,

Emma

Prague Study Abroad

Hi! My name is Emma, and I am a junior at Iowa State University studying Supply Chain Management and International Business. Since I started attending ISU in August of 2016, I have had a couple of opportunities to travel through clubs I have been a part of and classes I have taken. For example, I spent June – August of 2017 living in Vicenza, Italy, through the Camp Adventure Child and Youth Services Program. While abroad, I saw so many beautiful places, met incredible people, and ate the best food. The photos I have attached below show these experiences visually.

One of our first trips was to Burano, Italy. I loved seeing all of the colorful buildings in this small, charming town.
I ate this spinach tortellini in Verona, Italy, and my life changed. I can only hope I taste pasta this extraordinary again in my life.
One of my favorite pictures from that summer was taken in front of the
Colosseum in Rome. It was very humbling to stand in front of an
amphitheatre constructed in 70 AD.

Luckily, I had another opportunity to study abroad last summer in Australia for an international business course–MKT 492: Comparative Marketing. Even though we only stayed in the country for two weeks, I learned so much about Aussie culture, climate, and natural beauty. Check out the pictures highlighting my trip below!

Before visiting companies, my roommate and I went for a jog on the Sydney Harbour Bridge. We got to view the jaw-dropping sunrise over the Opera House.
Later in the trip, our group had the opportunity to scuba dive on the Great Barrier Reef in Cairns, Australia. Seeing all of the corals and fish up close made this experience one of the best days of my life.

As a result of traveling to these places, I have grown so much as a person and gained hands-on knowledge of other countries and cultures. I decided to try a longer study abroad experience this semester in Prague, Czech Republic, because Central European history absolutely fascinates me. Only a week until I depart for four whole months 🙂 Děkuji!

photo from: https://spinthewindrose.com/unmissable-view-spots-in-prague/