Main Differences between the US and New Zealand
Jun07

Main Differences between the US and New Zealand

Going into my three weeks in New Zealand, I figured I would find mostly similarities between our countries. What I took away instead were endless differences that taught me a lot. America’s government versus New Zealand’s government was a main topic among UA and NZ students. Through our visit to Parliament, we learned that their government is much more accessible to its citizens than ours. For example, any petition with...

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New Zealand Has Found the Child In Me
Jun07

New Zealand Has Found the Child In Me

I am a child again. I first got this feeling flying off the back of the boat in Paihia and dangling in the air next to Terri and Michael looking at the huge ocean below us. The feeling you get when you get lost in the moment and all since of stress and worry no longer exist. I got lost in that moment and I think for the first time was able to truly just live for in it. This feeling solidified during my day trip to the hot springs in...

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Nervous and Anxious about Studying Abroad in South Africa
Jun06

Nervous and Anxious about Studying Abroad in South Africa

Picture of a morning while on Safari.Pilanesburg, South Africa My first time being on an airplane; my first time traveling outside of the country; my first time studying abroad on a different continent; my first time in Africa, South Africa. My mind is mostly focused on leaving my family and friends as well as being so far away from everyone even if it is a short two-week trip. I have checked my suitcase several times to make sure I...

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Experiencing Belize
Jun06

Experiencing Belize

Being in Belize is like a whole other world. It’s definitely hotter than Alabama. I came off the plane and had to take stairs down to the ground, I felt like a movie star. Once we got into a van to go to our first destination, the landscape started changing. It went from flat land with shrubs to rolling hills of rainforests to miles and miles of ocean. IT’S INCREDIBLE. Plane arriving in Belize I’ve experienced so...

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Life in South Africa
Jun06

Life in South Africa

Upon arrival in South Africa I was still not sure what to expect. While driving from the airport to the hostel, I took in the gorgeous scenery of the skyline of the city. When I seen, this I thought, “maybe South Africa has more to offer than meets the eye.” The biggest issue I encountered when I first got to the hostel was how small it was. On top of that, it did not have air conditioning. The only thing I had to adjust to was the...

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A Glimpse into the Beginning of My Time Abroad
Jun05

A Glimpse into the Beginning of My Time Abroad

I have been in Zagreb, Croatia for a few days now, and am already having so much fun! The people in my group are amazing, and I am already starting to get to know them really well. My professor cares about us not only as his students, but also as college-aged individuals that he wants to keep safe. All in all, everything is really awesome. Today after class, we visited a “Museum of Illusions” that was very cool. We also...

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