Finishing Strong in Costa Rica and Panama
Jun04

Finishing Strong in Costa Rica and Panama

The last part of our trip in Costa Rica with service to Panama was patrolling for sea turtles at San San Pond Sak, an organization created to save these beautiful creatures. At San San Pond Sak we were back to sleeping in a dorm like building on bunk beds instead of the floor of tents like we had spent our last five nights. This fact is important to show how our perspectives had changed since we first got to base camp back in Costa...

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La Primera Semana en El Escorial
Jun04

La Primera Semana en El Escorial

UA in Spain has officially begun! Last Saturday, all 54 students involved in the 2015 UA in Spain program arrived at El Escorial to begin our month abroad. UA in Spain takes place in San Lorenzo de El Escorial, a small town in Spain just an hour outside of Madrid, the capital of Spain. Despite some severe jet lag, our entire group was determined to explore our new home away from home. Before our tour of the university, my new friends...

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Getting to Ghana
Jun04

Getting to Ghana

It’s finally here! Tomorrow morning I will be leaving for my month long medical mission trip in Elmina, Ghana. At the moment I am a mixture of excitement and a little bit of nerves. Planning this trip, everything seemed so far into the future, and the realization that it all is actually happening is just starting to hit me! I have not done much traveling before, let alone an eleven hour plane trip, so wrapping my head around the...

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Evento Nazionale
Jun04

Evento Nazionale

The semester is winding down and I can hardly believe it! It seems like yesterday that I was packing up to travel here, four months ago.  I have met so many people within these four months, it is hard to wrap my head around it.  So, in order to make the most of what little time remains, two of my roommates and I decided to party together while we can.   Italy has an event for international students called “Evento...

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Moving Up, Moving Out
Jun04

Moving Up, Moving Out

The excitement is unreal. The nerves are even more present. In less than 24 hours, I will be setting foot in a new country on a completely new continent. Am I excited to finally explore another part of the world? Absolutely! Am I scared about entering a new country with a completely foreign language and different cultural expectations? Honestly, I wonder who wouldn’t be. I am thrilled to begin this new journey. I cannot wait to...

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