Goodbye 2017!
Dec29

Goodbye 2017!

It’s been unbelievably fun here in Japan ever since I arrived in September. At first it was a little difficult to adjust to everything, and I’m still sad that fruit is so expensive to buy… But thanks to everyone living here at Utano International House, my time here has only gotten better! To start December off, I spent a weekend in Tokyo with some friends, while also meeting up with a fellow University of Alabama...

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Before I Go: My Promise on the Wishing Steps of Ireland
Dec28

Before I Go: My Promise on the Wishing Steps of Ireland

If you wander far enough through the garden full of blushing blooms, mossy rocks, and murmuring brooks on the grounds of Blarney Castle in Ireland, you’ll find a set of magical stone stairs tucked away from the path. It was here, nearly four years ago, that I made a wish that I would one day return to Ireland. This very wish was the deciding factor in my choice to study abroad in Dublin this spring. The story goes, if you close your...

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Story Behind the Picture: The Rosenberger Trunk Company
Dec13

Story Behind the Picture: The Rosenberger Trunk Company

  The next photo in our “Story Behind the Picture” series comes from Dan Shelton, who won first place in our Photo Contest’s UA Spirit category for his photo, “The Rosenberger Trunk Company,” taken on the UA in India: STEM Path to MBA – Reverse Innovation program. Here is his story: “My photo came at the end of our three-week study abroad experience in India. We began in Delhi (northern...

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A Weekend in Costa Rica

While studying abroad in Costa Rica, I have found that there is no such thing as a typical weekend. Although most are filled with travel, the activities are as diverse as hiking a mountain, beach hopping, or exploring new cities. One weekend that is exemplary of the diversity here in Costa Rica started with a three hour bus ride north from Puntarenas to Libería. Known as the second capital, Liberia is home to one of Costa Rica’s...

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When You Want to Leave, But Also Want to Stay

What do you do when you want to be two places at once? That was the feeling I struggled with the last few weeks of my study abroad experience, when my desire to be home and my desire to stay in Costa Rica were fighting it out. About a month before the end of my program, I started having some health problems that made it difficult for me to eat. I went into the program knowing that my chronic health condition might flare up, but had...

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