A Not so Difficult Decision
Jul24

A Not so Difficult Decision

Since I left Germany after a two week vacation in high school, my goal has always been to go back, but I did not know how. The opportunity presented itself with the Two Steps Ahead program at UA. The expectations were lofty: become a fluent German speaker inside of two years, take some of my hardest electrical engineering courses at a top German university in German, then cap it all off with six months at Daimler. I always wanted to...

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Leaving Madrid & Coming Home
Jul24

Leaving Madrid & Coming Home

Now that I am back home in America, the first thought that came to my mind was how excited I was to see my family and dogs. Other than that, I was mostly happy that, because although the program is over, the friends that I made, I will see again in Alabama at school. My first feeling when arriving back home was eagerness to see my family and to catch up with them. I do miss my host family but I was very excited to be reunited with my...

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Abroad in Germany – Pre-Departure and First Days
Jul24

Abroad in Germany – Pre-Departure and First Days

The school I am studying at for the summer semester   This summer I am studying abroad in Germany. I am spending 4 weeks in Berlin and 1 week in Munich as a part of the UA in Germany program. While in Berlin, I will study German at the Humboldt University. My decision to go abroad was primarily influenced by my desire to see something new, coupled with my need to improve my skills with the German language by spending time...

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While Abroad
Jul24

While Abroad

When I arrived in El Escorial, Spain for my study abroad program, I was extremely overwhelmed and jet lagged. I was nervous and afraid of making new friends, speaking to the locals, and classes. Still, I couldn’t stop looking at the breathtaking views of the monastery outside my dorm room and in the plaza. I had never seen anything like it. The architecture and the gardens were stunning. My first photo was a panorama of the...

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Finishing my Travels
Jul24

Finishing my Travels

7/1/17: My final week and a half of traveling abroad in Spain was bittersweet. For the past four weeks, I had come to love my new country and I was sad that I had to leave it. I had made tremendous friends on this trip and I was very disappointed that I had to leave them. On the other hand, I was also somewhat excited to return back to America. Keep in mind that I have been traveling for the past seven weeks. So, it is safe to say...

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