Navigating Chilean Spanish
May01

Navigating Chilean Spanish

“Sí po, cachai?” Yeah, you know? Had this phrase been said to me in any Spanish class or come up in a conversation before living in Chile I would have stood there dumbfounded and wondered if maybe it was Portuguese instead of Spanish. “Quiero una palta y un jugo de frutilla.” I want an avocado and strawberry juice. I would have asked what on earth a palta was and if frutilla meant a mixed-fruit juice. You would expect that, going to...

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My return
Mar23

My return

My program was unfortunately cut short by about 2 weeks due to the coronavirus. I was told Thursday that I had to leave as soon as possible and I was on a plane Monday morning, so my experience leaving the country and everything that I called home for three months was a bit different and challenging than most peoples. I was not super upset to go home early as I started to get homesick but the abrupt nature of it all was very stressful...

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While Abroad experience
Mar12

While Abroad experience

As my semester abroad is coming to an end I feel as I have experienced enough to give an overview and the pros and cons of my time here in San Jose Costa Rica. Time has gone by fast and slow at the same time, I remember my first day here like it was yesterday, yet it feels like such as long time ago. To be completely honest the first day was probably the worst day I had to get up at four in the mourning to catch a five hour flight in...

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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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