Learning and Eating in Spain…Mostly Eating.
Jun15

Learning and Eating in Spain…Mostly Eating.

  Coming to another country and living there is difficult enough, but especially when you are in a country that speaks another language. English is my first language and it is the only language I am totally fluent in. I have taken Spanish for two years at Alabama now, and although I am learning, I am not fluent quite yet. Yes, taking classes does help with learning a new language but nothing is quite like being completely...

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Florence, the city of exquisite scenery!
Jun14

Florence, the city of exquisite scenery!

What I fell in love with first! I have to be honest, arriving in Florence, Italy was nerve-racking at first. From my luggage still being in Paris, forgetting to get euros out of the ATM, and not being able to get into my home stay house, it was a rough first day. I cried my eyes out on my first day here, however, all of that is in the past and I am now living my best life. The first aspect I fell in love with is the exquisite scenery....

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Preparing to Study Abroad: Central America and Europe
Jun13

Preparing to Study Abroad: Central America and Europe

About Me: My name is Katy Sobodos. I’m an incoming junior from Detroit, Michigan. My major is Management Information Systems and my minor is Geography. I am going on the faculty-led program, UA in Belize: Rainforests and Reefs: Tropical Conservation in Belize, as well as a program through a UA Affiliate, CEA Prague, Czech Republic – Business, Liberal Arts, and Social Sciences. I can’t describe how excited I am for these two...

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ciao for now
Jun13

ciao for now

I am now five days post-travel home and have had plenty of time to reflect on my experience in Italy studying the Reggio approach to learning and teaching. I have also thought a lot about the difference between the United States and Italy. I was surprised by how much we have Americanized Italian food; I expected to like the food better in Italy, but I honestly like our version better because I am more accustomed to it. I also found it...

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Pre-departure Eurotrip and Study Abroad Planning
Jun12

Pre-departure Eurotrip and Study Abroad Planning

I’m writing this after walking out of turn at graduation this May. As an engineering student, I participated in the co-op program for 3 rotating semesters, which contribute to why I’m studying abroad to finish up my degree. Thankfully, the department of chemical and biological engineering offers our Unit Operations Lab abroad, which will be my last class of undergrad. My co-op delayed my timing to study abroad, but...

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