Escaping the City
Feb26

Escaping the City

I was so lucky to have avoided the homesickness and feelings of being completely overwhelmed when I arrived here in Santiago. In fact, it took me exactly 43 days to feel a twinge of those things, which I know is something to be very appreciative of. That’s not the story from the beginning, though. My doubts existed before arriving, they just went away the moment I stepped off the plane. At that point, I was in and I wasn’t leaving so...

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Choosing Chile
Feb03

Choosing Chile

I had wanted to study abroad immediately upon my discovery of the ‘other cultures’ section of my elementary school library as a third grader. I knew, sitting in my room at home pouring over every book I could find about other customs and routines and places I knew nothing about, that I wanted to go everywhere I could. That is my of my clearest memories when I think back to the beginning of my educational career and it could not be any...

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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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