Academics in Italy
Jun23

Academics in Italy

Before this trip abroad I studied Italian for four years in high school and for three semesters at Alabama. Italian has always come to me pretty easily so I didn’t expect it to be any different while taking classes in Italy. I was wrong. It’s not even that the material I am learning here is more difficult, it is just taught very differently. I attend Scoula Leonardo da Vinci, a school for foreigners in Florence, Italy, so...

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From the Top of a Mountain
Jun23

From the Top of a Mountain

Think of the flattest place on the Earth. Well, that’s where I live, Illinois. Smack dab in the center of the Midwest. Being the second most mountainous country in Europe, Spain is full of beautiful peaks, and I am a stranger to these mountains. Every day I get to wake up to the beautiful mountains that San Lorenzo de El Escorial, the town I am staying in, nestles up right next to. Our group has not failed to take advantage of the...

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Don’t Blink
Jun23

Don’t Blink

As I lay in my bed the night before I leave to go back home, the only thing that fills my head are the unforgettable memories of the last 6 months. One of the reasons why I chose to go to London is because I thought it would be the most similar for me so I wouldn’t get homesick as easily. I was right about not getting homesick but I was wrong about the similarity. Yes the people of Great Britain speak English but London was a...

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Last Day in London
Jun23

Last Day in London

As I sit here in the London Heathrow Airport reflecting on the past six months that I have spent here, I am overcome with emotions. The past half year flew by so quickly, it actually feels like I should be landing here in Heathrow from America not leaving for good. I can not even count the amount of times I stopped in my tracks and thought to myself, “I am the luckiest person in the world for being given this once in a lifetime...

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3 Reasons to Travel to Eastern Europe
Jun23

3 Reasons to Travel to Eastern Europe

I have recently returned from a 2 week study abroad trip based in Warsaw, Poland and Prague, Czech Republic. This life changing experience exceeded my expectations by a long shot. I was a little wary at first when hearing that these would be my destinations as I knew of very few people who had ever visited them. I think that choosing to go to Eastern Europe was the best decision for 3 reasons: 1. It’s a unique experience. Most...

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