T – 5 Days
Jan14

T – 5 Days

In 5 days I will be boarding a plan to go to Stirling, Scotland for four months. As much as I’ve tried to wrap my head around that I doubt that I’ll process the weight of it until I’ve boarded the plane and taken off. Needless to say, I’m pumped. I could say that I’ve wanted to study abroad since before I was even sure I was going to college (which is true). Truthfully, I didn’t consider it a...

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Adelante a Colombia!
Jan14

Adelante a Colombia!

Program name: ISA in Barranquilla, Colombia University Name: Universidad del Norte I have dreamed about visiting Colombia since my freshman year when I met my first ELI culture and language partner, Carlos. But one never just meets a single Colombian—through Carlos I also met his friends Cesar and Jaime—all of which I remain in contact today (in fact, I am boarding the plane to Bogota tomorrow to visit them before my study abroad term...

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All Good Things Come To An End
Jan14

All Good Things Come To An End

What a semester it has been. 5 months, 10 countries, and a bucket full of memories later, I am now back home in Tuscaloosa, AL sitting in my kitchen. At times when I am reminiscing over my semester long adventure in Europe I feel as though it was a dream that I did not want to wake up from. Being able to explore the variety of cultures and personalities that Europe has to offer is nothing short of exciting and educational. Not only...

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Awaiting my Dominican Republic medical mission!
Jan14

Awaiting my Dominican Republic medical mission!

When thinking of the Dominican Republic, the first thoughts I have of the country are beautiful beaches in the middle of the Caribbean. I envision it much like the picture I have shared with this post. Unfortunately, when you venture inwards, away from the picturesque tourist-filled beaches, there are many residents of the country who are living in severe poverty. They lack basic necessities such as shelter, clean water, and basic...

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A Day in Normandy
Jan14

A Day in Normandy

This past weekend I decided to take a day trip to Normandy to visit Bayeux and the American Cemetery at Omaha beach. I took a train from the Gare Saint Lazare in Paris to Bayeux, which is only 20 minutes from the American Cemetery. The American Cemetery has an excellent exhibition that prepares one for visiting the cemetery and the beach afterwards. Standing in the cemetery of over 9,000 graves was a very moving experience. The fact...

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