Morocco is home
Aug10

Morocco is home

I finished my study abroad program in Meknes, Morocco on July 27th. I ended the ten week program with dozens of new friends, four “A” grades, a working knowledge of French and Arabic (إن شاء الله) and a new perspective on life. On July 28th, my brother met me in Casablanca at the airport for a trip around Europe and Morocco, a trip I was able to afford because of the University of Alabama’s generous scholarships (roll tide). We flew...

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Oh the places you will go!
Aug09

Oh the places you will go!

Going abroad gives you the opportunity to not only call a new, fascinating place home but also the opportunity to easily see a bunch of other amazing places. I was really fortunate to not have Friday class so I had extended weekends to travel. Having so many unique places to choose from, it can be difficult to decide where to go and how to get there. My friend and I decided not to book any of our trips prior to going so we could gage...

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My Barcelona Mom
Aug09

My Barcelona Mom

When I decided to go abroad, my program offered me three different options for housing: residence, host family, or apartment. A good friend of mine studied abroad the semester before and encouraged me to do a host family. I figured a host family would be the easiest way to fully immerse myself in the culture. So I took a leap of faith a signed up for a host family. We were advised to bring them a small gift, something with our home...

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Segments of Poverty in India
Aug08

Segments of Poverty in India

My study abroad class consists of 17 University of Alabama students who are all but one in the STEM-Path to the MBA program.  I graduated this past May with a BS for Environmental Science and am now entering my first and only year in the Manderson School of Business.  We have come to India to use our engineering, biology, computer science, etc. backgrounds and our new and ever-increasing business knowledge to create a Reverse...

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Home from Belgium
Aug07

Home from Belgium

After a month in Europe, I’m now home again. It’s bittersweet, because as happy as I am to be back home with my family and all the conveniences of America, I’m already missing the amazing experience I had. I don’t think anyone can ever be fully prepared to go abroad for the first time, so I included some tips for visiting Europe that I wish I had known before I left:   If you’re particular about your toiletries, bring your own...

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UA in India
Aug01

UA in India

The most prominent aspect of India is the people. Spending three weeks traveling to four different cities in northern India gave me a broad range of people to experience. They say that every 100 miles the language, dress, and people changes in India, and they are absolutely right. It is obvious that there are thousands of layers of cultures intertwining in India and it is beautiful the way it plays out in modern society.   I’m...

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