Porto from Above
Photographed by Simon Tolman
Spring 2020 - Porto, Portugal
What did you learn about yourself while studying abroad?
"Studying abroad taught me how to create my own happiness. Without the pressures of society, school, and the fast-paced nature of America, I felt freed to really figure out what makes me happy. I learned to take deeper breaths and appreciate what's in front of me, whether it be a scenic view, a bite of a pastry, a bustling street, or a friend's face. This notion of mindfulness and living-in-the-moment is something I'd been working on before I went abroad, but the complete and utter newness that comes with living in an unfamiliar country allowed me to take a deeper dive into it and learn more about myself and the world in the process."