Study Abroad Photo Contest!


Photo courtesy of Betsy: Paris, France

As you all may have heard, the Office of Study Abroad is hosting a photo contest for all EIU students abroad as well as study abroad returnees! Submit your best photos for the following categories:

  • Landscapes
  • People
  • Food
  • Architecture/Monuments
  • Funny

You have until Friday, October 25, 2013 to submit!

We will select the top 3 photos in each category, then post each category’s top 3 to our Facebook page during the week of October 28 – November 1. Each category will be posted on a different day, and the photo with the most likes that day will be the overall winner of the category. There will be a judging panel to determine the top 3 overall winners of the competition.


  • Each student can submit a maximum of 2 photos per categoy
  • Photos must be high resolution
  • Filters (black & white, sepia, etc.) will be accepted, but any other edits/photoshopping must be disclosed with the entry and we may request an original copy
  • Include your name, email, major, year in school (if applicable), and the location of the photo
  • Submit photos by emailing us at, on our Facebook page, or share them with us via Dropbox


The winning photos will be mounted and displayed at the Tarble Arts Center Atrium during International Education Week (November 11-15, 2013). There will be an awards ceremony open to the public on Tuesday, November 12, 2013 from 6 to 7:30 pm. Refreshments will be served.

*Prizes are TBD! Check out our website for the most up-to-date details.


Everyday Abroad: Ireland

Molly Malone, Dublin

Molly Malone, Dublin

Sometimes, you just have to be a tourist.

You make plans. You go to a place that you’ve researched, or read about. You go there with the intention of seeing something that everyone else has seen. And come hell or high water, you’re going to see it, too!

I’ve always had a long list of these must-see’s that doesn’t seem to get shorter no matter how many I cross off. In December I was in Dublin, Ireland – the Emerald Isle, and the home of Molly Malone.

If you’re familiar with this lass, you’ll know there’s a song about her, and a spot for her in Irish lore. What I didn’t know is there’s a statue, too. A pretty scandalous one, on busy College Green at the center of Dublin’s fair city.

As with so many statues, they are … well-loved. You can see where the bronze has gone brassy courtesy of too many tourist hands. People sit around the foot of a statue, use it as a meeting place, take endless photos with the iconic figure.  Molly was no different.

While trudging down Grafton Street with my collar up against the cold, I smiled to see the statue in the distance. The closer I got, I realized there was a crowd … and someone dressed as a leprechaun.

Well, it is Ireland. Clearly claiming Molly as his own, the leprechaun blocked my shot repeatedly, and waved happily at my lens, despite my covert attempts to shoot around him. I lowered my camera, raised an eyebrow and made a face: “Really?” He waved some more, propped up his plastic beard and struck a pose.

Click, click, click, went the camera shutter. It’s bad luck to say no to a leprechaun.

Everyday Abroad: Thailand

Songkran. Thailand’s annual water festival. Traditionally, the festival marked the start of the Thai New Year and was a time to pay respect to elders, including family, friends and community monks. The festival is celebrated throughout the entire country from April 13 – 15, though the largest of the celebrations last six days or longer. During Songkran, there are no rules. It’s an all out water fight from sun up until sundown.

This picture is from my first day of Songkran in the northern city of Chiang Mai. The family that owned the corner store on our block (I lived in Thailand for a period of time) was out in full force. My friends and I teamed up with the kids and attacked neighbors and passersby alike. Everyone from children to grandparents were in the streets, and all were soaking wet. It was amazing. It was day that reminded me why Thailand is better known as the Land of Smiles.