International Students

 


Name, age: Kaori Anne, 23.


Which university do you attend?

KU Leuven (Leuven, Belgium)

What course do you study/what is your ‘major’?

Master of Arts in European Studies: Transnational and Global Perspectives

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What is your typical university ‘outfit of the day’?

Black on black, on black. Maybe grey or a hint of white if I’m feeling extra adventurous.

Biggest tip for academic success?

Don’t compare your studying or working routines with other people’s. I always used to feel guilty, occasionally pulling the all-nighter, or not planning essays far enough in advance but we all work in different ways.

How would you describe your style?

My style is very subdued and comfortable. If a coat makes me feel like a walking human burrito in winter, then all the better.

What spots do you recommend for students looking to do a study abroad/exchange program in your city/town?

Cafes: Coffee College or Noir Coffee Bar.

Restaurants: Wabi Sabi on Muntstraat for sushi, Krua on Brusselsestraat for Thai food and Loving Hut (on Tiensestraat and Rector de Somerplein) for mouthwatering vegan food.

Bars: the student faculty bars are excellent! 1EUR for a half pint of Stella. The Erasmus Student Network in Leuven also organises plenty of nights out so keep your eyes peeled for those.

What inspires your style?

I’m a serial people-watcher. I love seeing something great on someone else and thinking how I could style it in my own way. Instagram and Scandinavians are also a godsend.

What do you hope to do after you graduate?

I’m always changing my mind but I would love to dip my working toes into digital media.

 


Name, age: Lorenzo Catena, 19


Which university do you attend?

I am a first year student at the University of Milan (UNIMI).

What course do you study/what is your ‘major’?

I am currently majoring in Science of Cultural Heritage, I couldn’t find a better translation for this. It’s a degree that involves an intense study of ancient History and Literature.

lorenzoWhat is your typical university ‘outfit of the day’?

Because now is very cold I usually wear my favourite coat, which is long and black. Underneath I wear jeans, a sweater and moccasins.

Biggest tip for academic success?

How I wish someone could give it to me! Perhaps consistency?

How would you describe your style?

I try to make my style unique, sometimes I even succeed. It’s really hard to be original nowadays, everybody can just “copy” your look by looking at your Instagram pictures.

What spots do you recommend for students looking to do a study abroad/exchange program in your city/town?

In Milan, Colonne di San Lorenzo, close to the city centre, is the place to be! It’s full of bars, pubs and nice nightclubs. The Navigli (the rivers nearby) are lively during day and night as well, and best places to shop.

What inspires your style?

My style is inspired my favourite singers and book characters.

What do you hope to do after you graduate?

My current degree will allow me to do a Masters in Archaeology, which is the study of ancient human utensils and architectures. I really hope I’ll end up in Rome or in Egypt!

 


Name, age: Sara Bruciamonti, 19


Which university do you attend?

I attend the University of Milan.

What course do you study/what is your ‘major’?

My major is Philosophy.

What is your typical university ‘outfit of the day’?

I am really picky with my clothes. My typical university outfit is a skirt, a blouse and a jacket that must to be in velvet. For shoes I wear black booties. I usually add a necklace and a few rings as well.

Biggest tip for academic success?

Essentials for academic success are passion for what you’re doing, individual study and a lot of thinking.

How would you describe your style?

I define my style as elegant, sometimes sensuous.

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What spots do you recommend for students looking to do a study abroad/exchange program in your city/town?

My favourite place to study is one of the University Libraries, which is made inside of an old church. In Milan I highly recommend sushi places near Porta Romana, the part of the city where I live, because they are just amazing. My favourite place to go clubbing is along one of the Navigli Rivers and it is called Rocket.

What inspires your style?

I believe my style is really influenced by the past decades, especially by the Victorian Age and the Sixties. I then combine these influences with contemporary clothes.

What do you hope to do after you graduate?

I hope I will get the chance to express what I think, and to communicate to others – possibly my students – what I’ve learn during my degree.

 


Name, age: Virginia Angiolini, 19


Which university do you attend?

I attend the Liberal Academy of Fine Arts in Florence.

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What course do you study/what is your ‘major’?

My course is Design.

What is your typical university ‘outfit of the day’?

Generally I open my wardrobe and pick something that matches chromatically. Sometimes I make mistakes.

Biggest tip for academic success?

My tip is: try to understand the danger that hides under the face of “procrastination”.

How would you describe your style?

Maybe it cannot be defined a style. I just live my life and clothes are part of myself. I see my “style” in the same way I see my skin.

What spots do you recommend for students looking to do a study abroad/exchange program in your city/town?

In Florence, I would recommend Piazza della Repubblica, because of the really pretty bars and pubs around. Also, the area around the Basilica of Santa Croce is vibrant and nice at night.

What inspires your style?

It’s really hard to tell, but I guess the main source of inspiration is my own mood. Somehow that tells me exactly what I want to wear

What do you hope to do after you graduate?

I hope to get some sort of reward for the effort I put in my studies, and to see some of my design projects implemented and used.

 


Name, age: Ekin Alemdar, 19


Which university do you attend?

Eastern Mediterranean University (North Cyprus).

What course do you study/what is your ‘major’?

Public Relations & Advertising.

What is your typical university ‘outfit of the day’?

I like to be comfortable during my classes but I try to not compromise from my style. Mostly I like to wear Nike leggings with my slip on sneakers or running shoes, boyfriend style white t-shirt and a long jacket on top combined with a simple necklace and a handbag.

Biggest tip for academic success?

Never leave revising for the last minute.

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How would you describe your style?

If I had to describe my general style in one phrase, it would probably be simple but elegant. I like to wear basics of different brands in my way and give them a life with accessories or handbags.

What spots do you recommend for students looking to do a study abroad/exchange program in your city/town?

I highly recommend you to visit Büyük Han if you like traditional places, Biyer Restaurant and also Cadı Bar on the Dereboyu street.

What inspires your style?

The biggest thing that inspires my style is my mood, how I feel that day. I want my style to reflect my soul at the same time, so ıf I am cheerful I go for something colourful.

What do you hope to do after you graduate?

I want to do a master degree in Fashion Marketing or take short term courses in foreign country to improve myself more.

 


Name, age: Amanda Lin, 18


 

Which university do you attend?

New York University

What course do you study/what is your ‘major’?

I am undeclared/undecided at the moment but leaning towards a major in Mathematics.

What is your typical university ‘outfit of the day’?

My typical outfit is a T-shirt and “mom” jeans or my scuba a-line skirt with sneakers or platform boots and a denim jacket. I usually stick to black, gray, and navy colors. I’m never without my Canon DSLR on my left shoulder and my gigantic Chrome waterproof backpack because I am always caught without an umbrella in the rain!

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Biggest tip for academic success?

Find a good place to study where you can concentrate. Find study buddies so that you can discuss classwork with them and fill any gaps in your knowledge of the material.

How would you describe your style?

My mom wants me to be elegant and clean lines but I start gravitating towards skate/streetwear brands like HBA and Supreme and kooky pieces like velvet maxi dresses so my style is the struggle between these two styles.

What spots do you recommend for students looking to do a study abroad/exchange program in your city/town?

Favourite place to study: “The New School” (another university in downtown Manhattan) has a fantastic library that’s all white, pale wood, and full of super creative people. I also love Ost Café; it’s the cutest coffe e shop with outlets, Wi-Fi, fairy lights, and excellent windows for people watching.

Best coffee: Abraco coffee it’s this tiny place with barely any room to stand but they have the best drip coffee ever and this “olive oil cake” that is like pound cake but way better.

Places to see: Metropolitan Museum of Art, MoMa museum, all the art galleries in Chelsea

Things to do: Run the track around the Jacqueline Onassis Kennedy reservoir in Central Park. It has amazing views.
Go to an event at the VFILES boutique in Soho. It really is a center for the most creative young people in the city and then you can meet them it’s great.

Places to eat:

Xian Famous Foods: Cheap Chinese food, the best noodles ever.

Liquiteria/Hawa Smoothies: Best Smoothies ever I live off them during finals week

What inspires your style?

Instagram, NYFW shows (Gucci, Prada, Hood By Air, Rick Owens), and Indie magazines (Lula, DASH, RUSSH, Dazed)

What do you hope to do after you graduate?

I have no idea! Have a job that contributes to society as much as possible. I’m open to anything!

 


Name, age: Maricia Josephs,  23


 

Which university do you attend? Georgia State University

What course do you study/what is your ‘major’? I study Journalism, Film and Video.

What is your typical university ‘outfit of the day’? My typical university outfit of the day consists of a pair of printed trousers, a t-shirt, a pair of trainers or oxfords and my biker jacket. I like to be comfortable but I also love giving a ‘look’ of some sort each day.

Biggest tip for academic success? My biggest tip for academic success is time management. When you manage your time properly, you’re able to effectively get your assignments done and still have time for other activities and for rest. Balance is key as a student. Also, having a planner is a must!

How would you describe your style? My style definitely is a melting pot of everything and everyone I experience in my life. It’s quirky, edgy and colourful at times but I always keep it polished.

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What spots do you recommend for students looking to do a study abroad/exchange program in your city/town? Little Five Points is a super cool little hippy-ish town to hang out in. There are thrift shops, record stores, tattoo shops and unique restaurants all in one little bundle. You meet so many interesting souls there. The SCAD museum of fashion and film is also a must see.

What inspires your style? Street style is a big inspiration for me. People bring out the most wacky outfits and accessories and I like to use those influences in my everyday style. Fashion should always be fun. Street style proves that.

What do you hope to do after you graduate? After graduation, I hope to become an editor, a philanthropist and grow my website into a leading digital platform for women.

 How do you balance your degree with your extracurricular/creative interests? I balance my degree with running my fashion and career website Musings of Krav and working as a student insider for ASOS, by prioritizing. I know what I have to do and I make sure I create enough space and time to get everything done. If you don’t prioritize, there will a lot of chaos and procrastination.