The Return
Jun27

The Return

A whole month has passed and I am finally back in the United States. I have to say it feels good to be back on US soil, but I am going to miss the trip very much. After a whole month of going non stop and being with people 24/7, I don’t really know what to do with myself now that I have nothing to do for the rest of the summer. I’ve gotten so used to waking up early and immediately being with 20 other students on our way...

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Before I Left…
Jun27

Before I Left…

I have always wanted to travel ever since I was little, so I knew that in college I would definitely study abroad somewhere. As I started my freshman year I started looking into programs and as a Spanish minor, a program in Spain was the perfect option for me. Spain was always somewhere I had wanted to go and I knew the perfect time to study abroad would be during the summer before sophomore year, when people start looking for...

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Save the Fishes!
Jun27

Save the Fishes!

What you’re seeing in the photograph to the left is a stoplight parrotfish against the background of the Belize Barrier Reef. Amazingly enough, this beautiful fish is incredibly common on the reef. While studying abroad, I saw half a dozen different species of parrotfish in every stage of development. Often they were darting between the coral, allowing smaller fish to clear them of parasites at a “cleaning station,”...

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Brussels, Belgium – Pre-Departure
Jun27

Brussels, Belgium – Pre-Departure

I’m a list-maker. To-do lists, grocery lists, lists of what books I want to read, lists of what books I have yet to buy, and of course, packing lists have all come out of my dingy little notebook at one point (multiple points) or another. Preparing for my abroad experience in Belgium has been one ongoing list. For me, that’s included double and triple checking that I’ve signed all of the right forms, booking a flight that will get me...

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All Good Things Must Come To An End
Jun27

All Good Things Must Come To An End

  After almost 5 months abroad, I’m back home in the U.S! I will never forget the moment I had way back in January when I took off in a plane and knew I wouldn’t touch U.S soil for another 5 months. All the feelings I had of what was to come and how my experience might change me was all unknown, yet exciting. But now I stand on the other side, my study abroad journey behind me, and I couldn’t be more pleased...

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