Author Archives: Matthew LoPrete

People over Places

When friends and family ask me how my time studying abroad has been, I generally answer, “I miss home, but I love the people here.” Every time I travel, I’m led to the same conclusion: people are more important than … Continue reading

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Top 5 Things I Miss While Abroad (and why I’m not complaining)

5. Fun weekends: It’s very difficult to have a sterotypical fun college weekend here. Bars and clubs are extremely expensive, and we usually have to take a cab to go anywhere. However, while I miss the social life on campus, … Continue reading

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Escape Into the Desert

Last weekend I was able to attend Georgetown’s Escape retreat for the second time, a privilege not many Hoyas have. Instead of escaping into the Appalachian foothills, we made our way to the desert sand dunes on the Persian Gulf … Continue reading

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A Day in the Life of an SFS-Q student

On Monday I will return from the week-long Eid al-Adha holiday break to dive right into what is now a very familiar daily routine at the School of Foreign Service in Qatar. I wake up around 8 am, have breakfast, … Continue reading

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Heat of the Moment

It’s very hot in Qatar. A desert nation bordering an ocean, average August temperatures reach 43° C (109° F) with a heat index of 50° C (122° F). To give you an idea of what I deal with every day, … Continue reading

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Familiar Thoughts, Unfamiliar Territory

On Saturday, I will attend Georgetown’s New Student Orientation (NSO) for the second time. This time, I’ll be a seasoned Georgetown veteran halfway through his college career. No longer am I a baby freshman living away from my parents for … Continue reading

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