What I Took For Granted While Studying Abroad
May15

What I Took For Granted While Studying Abroad

I didn’t think I would miss Barcelona for a while, but I have been home for a week or so and I actually already miss living there. I miss being able to walk out of my apartment and be almost anywhere in less than 20 minutes. It was so easy to live in the city because everything was always so accessible and friends were always just a train ride away. Although many of the friends I made are only a couple hours away, some are all the way...

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A Look Back on my Semester in Ireland
May15

A Look Back on my Semester in Ireland

In just a few days, I will fly home from Dublin back to the United States. While I am incredibly excited to see my family and friends again, it has not yet hit me that I have been here for 4 months. The time has gone by quickly, but I believe I have made the most of it. I can’t help but to reminisce while I am preparing for my last final exam. As my time in Ireland comes to a close, I thought I would go through the highlights of a few...

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Returning home from Barcelona
Apr30

Returning home from Barcelona

WOW. It really feels like I got to Barcelona only a month ago and now I will be leaving on Friday to do some traveling around Spain before I go home. It’s so hard to put into words all the different things I learned in the three and a half months I’ve been living here. I feel like I have grown more than I could have ever expected and am so grateful that I will be able to take this back with me to the United States. Culture shock is a...

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French The Language of Confusion.
Apr05

French The Language of Confusion.

Upon my arrival to Bordeaux, France I had the same reaction to the French language that I believe most Americans hold, “French is beautiful” and “ The French Language must be Fun”. My mind was changed very quickly. Yes the language still sounds beautiful but once I began to study it I was shown that it does not match English grammar standards even remotely. I was having trouble communicating simple everyday task to everyone around me....

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The Beginning
Jan09

The Beginning

Hello, My name is DyQwan L. and I will be writing about my feelings on my pre-departure to France. This is my first time out of country and I am very nervous. I find myself daydreaming of the adventures that are to come but also the challenges of intergrating myself into another culture. I have tried to study about my destination on multiple accotions but I am still not sure it is sufficient. My mother drove me to the airport today...

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Why I chose Barcelona, Spain as my study abroad destination
Jan04

Why I chose Barcelona, Spain as my study abroad destination

I have known that I wanted to study abroad in Spain since I began taking Spanish classes during my freshman year of high school. My Spanish teacher constantly talked about how beautiful it was and how the experiences that you will have in Spain will be unlike those in any other country. Throughout my Spanish classes in high school, I was able to learn a lot about the culture in Spain, especially in Barcelona. Barcelona interested me...

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