Rainforests, Reefs, and Ruins
May30

Rainforests, Reefs, and Ruins

I took Dr. Steinberg’s summer class called “Rainforests, Reefs, and Ruins.” The first week in Belize was filled with activities organized by the Toledo Institute for Development and Environment (TIDE). On the third day, we traveled to a Mayan Village in San Pedro, Columbia. We met the Chucanit Group who founded the forest restoration project. They have planted over 1,000 riparian trees since 2004. Our class got to help with planting...

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Off to Spain
May26

Off to Spain

Although I’ve never been the best speaker I’ve had a fascination with Spanish culture since the 2nd grade. My elementary school had an Spanish class one a week for all grades. Although I obviously couldn’t learn much Spanish as a student while only meeting once a week ,I did learn many things about the culture in Spain as my teacher was Spanish. Since that class I’ve always wanted to explore the world and...

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Ready To Go: Granada, Nicaragua
May24

Ready To Go: Granada, Nicaragua

When I first heard about the Nicaraguan Clinical Experience trip I immediately knew it was for me. It had everything that interested me: opportunities for lots of hands on learning in a medical setting, an environment that would force me to practice my Spanish, and the opportunity to travel and explore another country. This trip will be the culmination of a semester long class exploring the culture of Nicaragua and preparing me to...

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Learning How to Speak Again
May24

Learning How to Speak Again

“Ano….Sumimasen, ichi onegai shimasu”. I said confidently to the staff member behind the counter. I knew she would understand what I was saying. A little cavemanish, but definitely passable, or so I thought. Oh no, she was giving me that look, that look I had seen so many times before. The look of, “I don’t want to be rude, but you just spoke gibberish to me”. I must have messed up the pronunciation.  I had no backup plan. I mean why...

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The HERD Returns to Haiti
May24

The HERD Returns to Haiti

This time one year ago, I boarded a plane bound for Port-au-Prince, Haiti with a bunch of complete strangers and Lisa McKinney, a women renowned among Culverhouse students as the world’s most entertaining Accounting professor. Little did I know the impact this trip would have upon both myself and countless others. What started as a teaching venture to communicate basic business skills and financial literacy to aspiring entrepreneurs...

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