Pre-Departure: Russia 2016
Feb15

Pre-Departure: Russia 2016

I can’t believe that I’ll be going to Russia next week. It is so weird not to be at Alabama with all of my friends, but I am very excited about studying abroad. I have always wanted to visit Russia so last summer I began taking Russian classes here at Alabama with the intention of studying abroad in Russia. I found a great program that caters to my major, International Studies, at one of Russia’s top universities, Moscow State...

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Greetings from Sydney!
Feb15

Greetings from Sydney!

As I sat at the airport, a flood of emotion came over me. I was anxious, excited, nervous, and sad all at the same time. Saying goodbye to my friends and especially my parents was nearly impossible. I flew through security, which rarely ever happens, so I had a couple hours just waiting at the gate. I was anxious to start my adventure. Before going abroad, there were a lot of questions I had to answer: Where should I study? Should I...

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Incoming to Ireland
Feb15

Incoming to Ireland

As a Chemical Engineering student, I had resigned myself to the fact that a study abroad for an entire semester was going to be impossible. Sophomore year, when I realized if I completely rearranged my schedule for the next 3 years there was a possibility to make it happen, I started class maneuvering. As I sit in my dorm in Dublin, Ireland where I’ll reside for the next 4 months, it’s all been worth it. Classes with...

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FC Barcelona takes on Granada
Feb15

FC Barcelona takes on Granada

Barca! Clap, clap, clap. Barca! Clap, clap, clap. Barca! Clap, clap, clap…And the game is underway. The crowd is roaring, the players are running, and my heart is pounding. The atmosphere is INCREDIBLE. I had never been to a professional futbol game, much less in Barcelona, Spain, the home of the 2015 La Liga Champions, FC Barcelona, and some of the best players in the modern era in Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez, and Neymar Jr. The...

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Reflections on Barcelona
Feb15

Reflections on Barcelona

Barcelona was a major culture shock, even compared to London.  The language barrier made communicating next to impossible, but at the same time I fell in love with the city.  The culture and history of the city amazed me.  I could have stayed there for another year and still not have gotten over how beautiful of a city and culture it was.  In class we learned about the pros and cons of IFRS and after doing my project I was strongly...

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