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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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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The Uji Chapters
Nov14

The Uji Chapters

Of all the unread books on my shelf back home, none is more intimidating than Murasaki Shikibu’s The Tale of Genji. The translation I own, the 1926 translation by Arthur Waley, lands at over a 1000 pages. (The Tale of Genji taking up a large amount of space on my Japanese Literature shelf in Birmingham, AL) Murasaki, a lady of Japan’s Heian court, wrote Genji roughly a thousand years ago, with the novel itself tracing the...

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Study Abroad Part 3
Nov07

Study Abroad Part 3

This study abroad trip was definitely one for the books. I made friends that will last a lifetime and not to mention the new culture that I experienced. I was in a culture very different from the one that I was used to back home. The experiences I had from new foods to new environments and a different culture. The picture I post with this was from the last night in Greece. This was the view from the rooftop restaurant at the hotel....

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The HIGHEST HIGHS and the lowest lows
Sep24

The HIGHEST HIGHS and the lowest lows

There is no doubt that there are highs and lows when studying abroad. One minute, you can be having an amazing conversation with a Ghanaian, the next, someone may be trying to talk to you and they get frustrated because you cannot understand them. You can have a fantastic day at work, but get stuck in traffic on a trotro that is filled to compacity; no breathing room, no air condition, and the sun beaming directly down on you. A month...

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Zambia Has My Heart
Sep11

Zambia Has My Heart

I miss Africa. I miss the people. I miss the culture. I miss the genuine happiness that everyone carried. It has now been 3 months since my trip to Zambia and I miss it more and more with each day that goes by. Those people will never know the impact that they have truly had on my life forever. My friends and I talk all the time about how much we miss Zambia and its people. I am so thankful to have had the opportunity to visit this...

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