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Samantha Riley

Cead Mile Failte! Travel has always been a passion of mine and my wanderlust started at an early age. Growing up we moved from state to state and although this may not appeal to everyone, I viewed it as something new and exhilarating. My family instilled in me the love of travel throughout our countless excursions during my childhood as well. From museums to natural wonders, these all contributed to my deep enchantment with the world. It had captivated my attention and soon an innate desire began to root inside me, to not only travel to places, but to truly experience their culture; the people, beliefs, traditions and more that were the foundations that made each place unique. As a baking and pastry major at Johnson & Wales University, it is also a wonderful opportunity to learn more first-hand about the different cuisines of the world. Fresh from a study abroad experience this past spring in France, Europe still managed to have me under its spell and has summoned me back once again. Savoring a classic French meal at a small Parisian restaurant with a longtime friend, strolling the beaches of Nice with nothing but an endless stretch of vast ocean ahead and weaving throughout the narrow cobblestone streets of Venice, were all only snippets of what I had previously experienced. It had an incredibly amount more to offer. Oscar Wilde once said, “To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people just exist.” When not traveling, I can be found with my nose buried in a book especially memoirs, capturing the world through photographs with my camera, writing old-fashioned letters, hanging out with my friends and family, cooking, and most importantly, cuddling with my cat.

Recent Posts by Samantha Riley:

'No': Diminutive Word, Colossal Power

JWU Providence student Samantha Riley juggles a schedule that rivals a presidential candidate, but she's learning an incredibly powerful word: "no." Take some guidance on how to utter those two small letters.

Topics: Providence

College Leadership Rhode Island Session 2

The 2nd session of the  2016 College Leadership of Rhode Island was packed with networking, meaningful presentations and butterfly gardens. JWU Providence student Samantha Riley flitted away with a renewed passion for the future.

Topics: Providence Campus Life

JWU & College Leadership Rhode Island

Samantha Riley is proud new member of the Class of 2016 College Leadership Rhode Island, and she's surrounded by stellar company, motivation and the promise of being a part of something inspirational.

Topics: Providence

The Last First Day at JWU

JWU Providence senior Samantha Riley is back on campus! Her last first day at JWU brims with multiple snooze button hits, rain-soaked hair, moments of uncertainty and many laughs.

Topics: Providence Campus Life

Time is of the Essence: Part II

Samantha Riley’s study abroad blog ends with a moving look at her Irish adventure. She reflects on the beauty, the tranquility and the lasting impression Ireland has made on her life. Less of a "goodbye" and more of an "until next time."

Topics: Study Abroad