Pre-Departure Journal Entry (Late)
Nov28

Pre-Departure Journal Entry (Late)

I’m very excited for London.  I’ve never been to London, not even to the UK, although I got close when I visited Dublin.  I think the most exposure I’ve gotten to British lifestyle is through pop culture. The Who, The Smiths, The Beatles and the Rolling Stones are all favorite bands of mine, and I caught glimpses of London life through the camera of Martin Parr.  I think the British culture and especially language are close enough to...

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Almost Nearly Getting Close to Counting Down
Nov26

Almost Nearly Getting Close to Counting Down

                      25,969 minutes left until I go home. which sounds like a lot until you also take into effect that I’ve been in London for 134,232 minutes. Also a lot of minutes. I was speaking with my program coordinator the other day and we were talking about the age old problem of flatmates not washing dishes and I made some remark about how it didn’t really...

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Abroad from Abroad
Nov25

Abroad from Abroad

Being Hungarian, a trip to Hungary had always naturally been a dream of mine. With my great-grandmother on my mom’s side being born there, I definitely felt a connection to the country, but I had simply chalked it up to an impossibility for me. When I was talking to my mom about where I might go for fall break, though, she had a surprise for me – she’d planned a trip for us to visit the “motherland” together! Since I was studying...

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Getting Ready for 16 Weeks in London!

My name is Candace, I am 24 years old, and in the Graduate Social Work program. I have always wanted to study abroad but the opportunity never came up. It was not until orientation that I was able to see myself leaving the states. I wanted to go to a diverse city where I could be submersed in different cultures and London has always been on my bucket list. When I approached Debra Nelson-Gardell, there were no programs that included...

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Africa Awaits
Nov14

Africa Awaits

“A ship is always safe at shore, but that’s not what it’s built for.” -Albert Einstein I have officially committed to my Spring 2019 field placement in Ghana, West Africa. You would not even begin to believe the emotions I am trying to contain. I go from overly excited and ready to fearful and sad to be leaving my friends and family. Luckily, I have a great desire to serve and a support system that has helped...

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