Homebound
Jun02

Homebound

While I enjoyed my time away, I was happy to come home. There were trivial things that I missed such as Netflix and Heinz ketchup, but there were also a number of substantial issues that made me eager to return to the US. Their current President Zuma is perhaps an even more controversial and polarizing figure than Donald Trump. He has strong ties to more than one financial corruption scandal, and he has challenged the new South...

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Coke, Branding, & Global Impact
Jun02

Coke, Branding, & Global Impact

As an American, my mind has of course been saturated with American brands, products, and media. However, I never fully considered what kind of impact American marketing could have on people around the world. Between a long layover in Germany and my time spent in South Africa, there were two American entities that followed me on my journey from Tuscaloosa, to Atlanta, to Chicago, to Frankfurt, to Johannesburg, to Cape Town and back:...

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Flying Alone
May15

Flying Alone

  If you’ve never been on extended trip away from your family (vacation or otherwise), know that there are a number of factors to consider prior to your arrival in the country in which you have chosen to study. In my case, I chose to study the legacy of apartheid in South Africa. This proved to be extremely tricky because there are few direct flights from the American South to Africa. As a word of caution, please be sure...

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