Advice to Future Study Abroad Students
Jun21

Advice to Future Study Abroad Students

My best piece of advice for future study abroad students is to have an open mind. I really like to make plans and stick to them, but things do not always follow through. For example, I was really looking forward to visiting Machu Picchu while in Peru, but we were unable to fly into Cuzco. We were all devastated, but we had more time to get to know each other while we were waiting at the airport and exploring Lima. While I definitely...

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Learning Spanish and Medicine
May23

Learning Spanish and Medicine

Here in Peru, the language is Spanish. Since I have been studying Spanish since high school, I felt prepared coming into the country. Even though I have never been immersed in country with native speakers, I was confident in my language abilities, especially after taking a conversational Spanish class during the spring semester. However, I knew there would be challenges because most of my practice was with nonnative speakers. Although...

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Study Abroad: The Decision Process
May03

Study Abroad: The Decision Process

I am so excited to go abroad! I have always wanted to travel abroad, especially to a Spanish-speaking country. Though I have learned about Hispanic culture, I have never had the opportunity to experience it first hand, which I would love to do. I have taken Spanish classes since kindergarten, and I hope to improve my skills by interacting with native speakers. For these reasons I tried to choose a program that was in a Hispanic...

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Ciao Firenze!
Jul25

Ciao Firenze!

Italy is beautiful, even more beautiful than I thought. I am enjoying living with my Italian mother, Anastasia. I was worried about living with an Italian family because I thought it might be awkward, but she is wonderful, hospitable, and so kind to both me and my housemates. Learning a language abroad is much more difficult than I imagined. Before I got here, I romanticized the experience and thought about how cool it would be to...

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Why Medical Missions in Ghana??
Jul07

Why Medical Missions in Ghana??

Pre-departure:   Why did you choose to study abroad? What factors (year in school, location, etc.) played into your decision? What key things did you have to consider before deciding to go abroad?   A brilliant man, my father longed for the expansion of his mind and spirit. Cultures electrified his passions, and he delivered his cultural love through a large red library I called, “Daddy’s Den.” He kept my favorite book on...

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While Abroad Adventures in Ghana
Jul07

While Abroad Adventures in Ghana

While Abroad We have taken several excursions while in Ghana. Each time, I am taken aback by how lively our discoveries and experiences are while adventuring. I go into each weekend excursion without expectation, merely because I have no relative idea of how the adventure might expand my limited nineteen years of experiences. My favorite expedition was in fact this weekend. Remember your buzzing thoughts as a child, trying to decipher...

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