New Routines
Dec11

New Routines

Whether it comes on all at once or in a steady progression, you soak in the culture of your host country. You don’t have to eagerly dive in head first to find yourself picking up the mannerisms and habits of everyone else around you- it’s inevitable and crucial to gaining the perspective that studying abroad promises. A few months into my trip I found that I was no longer adopting a handful of cherry-picked idiosyncrasies, but was...

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Aarhus University, Denmark: A day in the life
Dec08

Aarhus University, Denmark: A day in the life

7:00am: Wake up and cook breakfast in the common kitchen before class. I share a hallway with 11 other students– some international, some Danish– and we all share a big kitchen and bathroom. 7:45am: Bike to class! Or take the bus if it’s raining… 8:15am: My 8am class begins. All classes start a quarter after the hour even if the schedule says 8am. Awesome news for me since I’m sometimes late. Also,...

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John’s Visit
Dec05

John’s Visit

What’s up Bama nation! So my good friend John Fredericksen decided to hop on a plane and come check out Barcelona. The weather was dismal, he was sick as a dog, and his new iPhone 6+ got stolen his first night here, but man did we have a good time. I showed him my favorite restaurants, bars, and sites. I even felt like a local as we walked around Sagrada Familia and I explained to him the significance of each side of the...

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Down To The Wire
Dec05

Down To The Wire

There are only 3 days left of this 100 day adventure in Berlin, Germany. There were many times that it felt like I had been abroad for a lifetime and was never leaving but now as I start to pack, I cannot believe that the time has come to an end. Looking back on my 3 months abroad I have 3 pieces of advice for future study “abroaders”:   Prepare to get home sick. I was one of those people who swore up and down that I would not...

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Somewhere Sunny and 75
Dec05

Somewhere Sunny and 75

I sighed taking in a deep breath of the sea air and feeling the warm sunrays soak into my skin. The transparent water broke gently along the pebbled shore. I don’t know exactly what I pictured when I signed up to study in Jordan but lying on the beach, in a bikini, sipping a pina colata definitely wasn’t it. When asked  the Middle East, most people picture masked gunmen yelling angrily in Arabic or silent, oppressed women covered...

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