Pre-departure experiences
Feb18

Pre-departure experiences

The spring semester of my junior year I went to San Jose Costa Rica. There were many things that went into my decision to study abroad. The main reason I wanted to leave the country is to experience something new. College, in my opinion, is the perfect time to travel abroad because your responsibilities are lower. I can’t think of any other time where you can pack your bags and go to a different country for months. I knew this was a...

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5 Things Nobody Tells You About England
Jul09

5 Things Nobody Tells You About England

Here’s the view from my window Until 8 days ago, I had never left the North American Continent. I was definitely excited to visit England, and thought I had a pretty good grasp on what the differences were. Bear in mind, not only had I never left the continent, I’d also never lived in a city. My overestimation of my own abilities was a little dramatic, so to keep anyone else from finding themselves in a similar boat, here...

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Reflection
Jun16

Reflection

On this trip I will have switched back and forth time zones six times by the time I get back home. My sleep schedule is going to be pretty whack for the next couple days. I tried to stay up pretty late last night in a desperate attempt to get myself back on track. I got up super early, and while on the bus to the airport, I felt a rush of both sadness and happiness. I am soooooooo excited to go home, but I’m also sad that this amazing...

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Pre-Dominican Republic
May14

Pre-Dominican Republic

Spanish speakers are so incredibly prevalent in the United States, yet too often they are unfairly marginalized. As a future educator, I can prevent this from happening at the student level by educating myself in order to better understand and communicate with people from different cultures, nations, and languages. Through this, a better tomorrow for those in the United States who are not primarily English speakers can be achieved. I...

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Know Before You Go: Tips for Choosing a Study Abroad Location
Apr30

Know Before You Go: Tips for Choosing a Study Abroad Location

            When I made my decision to study abroad in Florence, Italy, it was a pretty hasty choice without much research to back it. I had known all throughout college that I wanted to study abroad, and I’ve known since I was a young girl that I wanted to visit Italy some day—mainly because I love Italian cuisine (or so I thought) and I had seen pictures of the spectacular...

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Planning – Thoughts After a Week in Florence
Feb05

Planning – Thoughts After a Week in Florence

I am a planner. My new roommates identified that about me before I had even been on Italian soil for a full 48 hours. In our short time in Florence, I had already made multiple searches on Yelp and Google Maps for the next highly reviewed place to eat lunch, how long it would take us to get to our next meeting from the restaurant, and where we should grab gelato afterwards. You see, I don’t like the unknown or unexpected changes—I...

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