The City of New Beginnings: Shanghai
Aug10

The City of New Beginnings: Shanghai

For the longest time, I always struggled with being true to myself yet I was always subconsciously running away from and ignoring it, scared that maybe what I found when I looked hard enough into myself would be someone I really didn’t like at all. And a lot of that insecurity came at a time when I suddenly felt pressured to lose one identity in place of another. When the Asian upbringing my parents used to raise me conflicted with...

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My Summer in France Refection
Jul20

My Summer in France Refection

Looking back at my trip, I am so glad I put such hard work in order to go because it was all worth it. I was fortunate enough to have a great group of students with me which truly made the experience. When I first got to Europe I was slightly overwhelmed and wanted some soft of stability and routine- which is hard to accomplish when you are traveling. After a week I felt acclimated and got over the fact that stability wasn’t going to...

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My UA Study Abroad in France Experience
Jul20

My UA Study Abroad in France Experience

I had a  lot of preconceived notions about France from hearing other peoples’ experiences. For the most part I was wrong about my initial expectations and stereotypes about the country and its people. I traveled a lot beforehand so I was already somewhat acclaimed to being in a different country. I wasn’t expecting how intimidating it would be to try to speak french. I was also surprised by the pure beauty of every corner of the...

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C&IS in France
Jul20

C&IS in France

I’ve known I wanted to study abroad years before I even knew what college I would attend. As I started to come into my own at Alabama, I learned about C&IS in France, a program that combined classes and networking opportunities. I couldn’t think of a better program that offered everything I was looking for. I was so blessed to be accepted into the program and was excited to be in a small group of people within my college to grow...

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6 Safety Tips For Your Time Abroad
Jun11

6 Safety Tips For Your Time Abroad

My friends’ and I held up our passports and boarding passes for a picture before our trip to Italy last year. Spoiler: see tip #6 for how we kept our passports safe! My study abroad trip to France with the College of Communications is approaching quickly and I’m nervous and excited. Last summer, I went on vacation to Italy with three of my best friends and to prepare for that trip I met with some of my Mom’s friends who I...

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Leicester, England
Apr18

Leicester, England

I knew coming in that Leicester was known for its diversity, but it wasn’t until I became more comfortable that I would realize just how special and interesting this city was. When I had locked in my decision to study abroad in the UK, everyone’s first thought immediately went to the food. The bland, single-colored, double battered, malt-vinegar coated Fish and chips was a pure staple. If not the fish, then the mushy peas....

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