Leaving Madrid & Coming Home
Jul24

Leaving Madrid & Coming Home

Now that I am back home in America, the first thought that came to my mind was how excited I was to see my family and dogs. Other than that, I was mostly happy that, because although the program is over, the friends that I made, I will see again in Alabama at school. My first feeling when arriving back home was eagerness to see my family and to catch up with them. I do miss my host family but I was very excited to be reunited with my...

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While Abroad
Jul07

While Abroad

Upon arriving at Oxford, I was amazed at the beautiful architecture and the main lawn at the entrance of Worcester College. It felt prestigious to be here. The lawns and orchard are some of my favorite spots. They, along with the quaint coffee shops and bustling people walking on the streets rather than constantly driving, give me a sense of relaxation. I feel calm, and it greatly contrasts with a city such as Tuscaloosa that boasts a...

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Pre-Departure Thoughts
Jul07

Pre-Departure Thoughts

I have several reasons for wanting to study abroad. I have always wanted to travel, and I figured that if any time was a good time to try, it would be now. Since I am a pre-med student, I would like to use the time I have available before medical school to its fullest. I also decided to study abroad because I wanted to push myself to get out of my comfort zone, meet new people, and experience new things. Before I left, I would have...

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Let’s GO!!
Jun28

Let’s GO!!

I am very exciting that the days are getting closer to my departure… Just 8 days now! When deciding where to go abroad I really struggled because I was hopeful to go somewhere tropical and full of coral reefs, but instead I am going to Europe which is just fine because simply it made more sense for me. I realized that for credits to count toward my major it was best I study in Europe opposed to a tropical destination, I highly...

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Brussels, Belgium – Pre-Departure
Jun27

Brussels, Belgium – Pre-Departure

I’m a list-maker. To-do lists, grocery lists, lists of what books I want to read, lists of what books I have yet to buy, and of course, packing lists have all come out of my dingy little notebook at one point (multiple points) or another. Preparing for my abroad experience in Belgium has been one ongoing list. For me, that’s included double and triple checking that I’ve signed all of the right forms, booking a flight that will get me...

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Pre-Departure Panic…and Relief…and More Panic
Jun08

Pre-Departure Panic…and Relief…and More Panic

Before I throw you head first into my fabulously flustered pre-departure antics, I will introduce myself. My name is Harlyn Grey Cowart and I am from a small town in north Alabama called Athens. Athens is a town that you will miss if you blink while driving through it, a town where everybody knows everybody. I am a Junior at UA and I am majoring in History and Secondary Education Social Science. I want to be a History teacher and show...

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