Home Sweet Home: Little Changes
May25

Home Sweet Home: Little Changes

  I’ve been back in the states for almost three weeks now. It feels like far longer. It feels like I just got back. Reverse culture shock, despite the large differences in Thai and American culture hasn’t been as bad as I was expecting. I’m often disappointed when I see there are no hoses/bidets in the bathroom anymore (America needs to hurry up and get with it). I definitely miss the cheap food stalls, fresh fruit & meals...

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Where are all the Thai people?: Why Interning Abroad was A++
May16

Where are all the Thai people?: Why Interning Abroad was A++

Interacting with locals, both in language learning and in getting a feel for the culture of your host country, is rather important. It’s also often a challenge. This is also where there’s a huge difference in your immediate chances of success based on program-type and courses offered. The first rule of study abroad is not to expect one experience to be like your next, but moving from an exchange to a more structured program left me...

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Thailand: Pre-departure Thoughts
Mar08

Thailand: Pre-departure Thoughts

For me, trips don’t feel 100% real until my plane hits the tarmac on the other side. Despite this, my anxiety around packing likes to spike about two weeks before Departure Day.  The beginning of that usually looks like wide-eyed, slightly panicked shuffling of all those packing lists your program/the study abroad office/my mother shoved in my general direction. I take all of them, cross off items I don’t think I’ll need and then...

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