Learning new things
Aug01

Learning new things

A study abroad program that’s only three weeks long seems very short. It doesn’t seem like you would get a lot out of it. However, my experience in Belize learning about reef systems and conservation management truly taught me a lot. I also learned a lot about myself. Field experiences truly helped me see how what I learn in the classroom can apply in real life. My goal was to learn about regional and environmental planning. In my...

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Going without expectations
Aug01

Going without expectations

Study abroad is a great opportunity to learn something different. Studying abroad has been a big part of my university experience. I have gone twice already, both times to China. My focus has always been on language-learning. This time, I’m doing something different. I will be participating in a field experience in Belize and learning about conservation through the first-hand experience. I am very excited but also nervous. My goal...

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Class on the Beach
Aug01

Class on the Beach

I have always loved learning, but being in school can somethings make that hard. I’m a senior and reflecting on all those years in school, classwork, homework, assigned readings can all seem like busywork. They take seem to make learning a chore. It’s really hard to see why you’re doing all this work. So, having this field experience for my last class undergraduate class ever has been a breath of fresh air. This trip is about the...

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Trip to Europe final thoughts
Aug01

Trip to Europe final thoughts

After taking some time after my trip to reflect on and digest all of my experiences I have come to the conclusion that I am extremely glad I took part in the study abroad trip to Croatia. I made friends I never would have met otherwise at the University, made connections with some of Alabama’s best faculty and staff, and got to visit some of the most beautiful cities in the world. Croatia’s capital of Zagreb, our home base...

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The small differences in Europe
Aug01

The small differences in Europe

As my study abroad trip to Croatia is coming to a close, I wanted to dedicate one post to the things that are foreign or annoying about my time so far. My final post will be an overarching reflection on all the positive experiences and lessons I learned, but I’m saving that for last and posting a (hopefully) comedic list of annoyances and grievances today. To begin with, whether it was in Croatia where we spent most of our time,...

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