Pre-Departure
Jul16

Pre-Departure

Hi my name is Marissa, and I chose to study abroad because I discovered this great opportunity through a close friend. It seemed a bit risky at first because of the expense of Study Abroad programs, but PACT helped cover a large portion of costs, and then I was lucky to have a very stable job that allowed me to work up enough money to affix the cost. It definitely helped that the program I am in is in Italy and throughout the program...

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Pax Europaea, in time

There is a popular saying among parents: “If your friend jumps off a bridge, would you jump, too?” My parents found out very early on that I was always the friend that jumped first. In the small, blue-collar community outside of New Orleans where I grew up in, there is a tendency to remain sedentary. The common route is to graduate high school, find a job, fall in love, and remain. I always admired my adventurous nature, my ability to...

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2 Weeks Down, 2 To Go
Jul16

2 Weeks Down, 2 To Go

Well… a lot has happened in the last 2 weeks so here it goes: Day 1-2 – We were all quite exhausted when we arrived so we spent the first day in Accra resting and relaxing. The second day was Republic Day so we visited the monument and museum for the first president, the University of Accra and the medical school. Day 3 – We spent the morning exploring Elmina (the city where we stay and work). In the afternoon we...

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