Walking and Diversity
Aug21

Walking and Diversity

I love the town of Tours. Although home to a similar population size as Tuscaloosa, everything in Tours is built close together, allowing you to walk everywhere. I walk from my host family to school, from school to lunch (there are so many options!), and after class I can walk all over, from different shopping areas, a movie theater, or the river adjacent to town. I love this convenience. Another bonus of walking everywhere is that...

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A Day in Rome: How I Learned to Enjoy my Own Company
Aug19

A Day in Rome: How I Learned to Enjoy my Own Company

While there are many moments that I will treasure forever from my time studying abroad in Italy, there is one day that I can’t help but talk about every single time. My group and I were about a week into our study abroad program and we had decided to take a weekend trip to Rome. Of course, every single one of us couldn’t help but revert to tourist mode. How could you not? There is just so much to see and do; the Colosseum, the Trevi...

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Life in Berlin
Aug19

Life in Berlin

Studying abroad is an experience, and it’s one that has its ups and downs. Upon arrival, the airline lost all of my luggage. I came to Germany for the summer and had barely any personal belongings. Right from the get-go, I had to adapt to every possible scenario and situation. So far, every possible thing that could go wrong, has. But you learn to adapt and laugh at the chaos that surrounds you. I’ll be the first one to...

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Oh, Humidity
Aug17

Oh, Humidity

The morning above London. I’ve been home for two weeks now, and they have been slightly rough. A few days after getting back I woke up one morning to realize that I, unfortunately, took some germs back home with me from the ride back. Jet lag was nowhere in sight, I would have rather had jet lag for a week than a cold. I did start to feel better the beginning of this week and decided to venture more outside. Let’s just say...

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Life After London
Aug16

Life After London

After an unforgettable six weeks in London, I was ready to come back to the States. The UK is similar enough to the US that I didn’t experience too much reverse culture shock. But of course, I find myself missing certain aspects of my study abroad experience nearly every day. To anyone who is considering studying abroad, it is the kind of opportunity that you will never regret or forget. My two months in London not only gave me...

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Leaving Italy with a Full Stomach and Happy Heart
Aug16

Leaving Italy with a Full Stomach and Happy Heart

I’ve returned from Italy with a full stomach and a happy heart. Italy was full of new experiences, friends, and food. I was so sad to leave such a beautiful place, but I’m really happy to be back in the United States with my family and friends. As soon as I saw my mom at the airport, she greeted me with open arms and my favorite Starbucks drink. I definitely believe studying abroad shaped me into a more understanding and compassionate...

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