First day at clinic
Mar29

First day at clinic

We went to a government funded clinic in a town about 5 hours away from where we are staying today. There were a lot of people gathered outside when we arrived, I think they knew we were coming. I was put in the assessment group and we did a quick assessment of the patients main complaint before sending them to the provider. Each patient got a numbered sticker so we could be fair and keep track of people but it was hard to assess in...

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oh oh we’re halfway there
Mar27

oh oh we’re halfway there

The checkpoint I’ve been dreading is finally here. The end of midterms and our spring break marked the halfway point and now the end is unfortunately in sight. Midterms went surprisingly very well and maybe it’s because i’m living in florence, but there’s been no point where I dread going to class or completing my schoolwork. I’ve learned a lot up to my halfway point and finally feel like florence is my...

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[Pre-Departure] Why I wanted to go to Japan and Ritsumeikan University
Mar25

[Pre-Departure] Why I wanted to go to Japan and Ritsumeikan University

Traveling to other countries has always been a dream of mine. As a child and teenager, I did not have the fortunate opportunity to travel the world like some people I know; however, I did not let that deter me away from challenges. When I entered the university, I immediately knew I wanted to study abroad. During my first semester at The University of Alabama, I visited the study abroad office. The main question, where do you want to...

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Thailand: Pre-departure Thoughts
Mar08

Thailand: Pre-departure Thoughts

For me, trips don’t feel 100% real until my plane hits the tarmac on the other side. Despite this, my anxiety around packing likes to spike about two weeks before Departure Day.  The beginning of that usually looks like wide-eyed, slightly panicked shuffling of all those packing lists your program/the study abroad office/my mother shoved in my general direction. I take all of them, cross off items I don’t think I’ll need and then...

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Out of Place in Paris
Mar01

Out of Place in Paris

After over twelve-hours of total flight time, accompanied by a nine-hour time change, I arrived in Paris in the late afternoon. I was dirty, hungry, and tired, but my journey had just begun. Upon arrival in Paris, I found myself struggling to adapt to the language difference, as my untrained ear and three-year hiatus from French classes meant I no longer had the vocabulary nor the listening skills to even understand a rudimentary...

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