Excited, Tired, Thrilled, and Confused: A Memoir of Homesickness and Adventure
Oct30

Excited, Tired, Thrilled, and Confused: A Memoir of Homesickness and Adventure

After having spent two, almost three, weeks here in Oxford I have a number of things to reflect on from my adventures. First, I would like to talk to you about my classes. They are so exciting and interesting and totally out of my normal realm. I really enjoy European history in regards to the World Wars and American history of the Revolutionary era, but here I am taking a class on the Tudor dynasty and one on the history of science...

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What to expect when you go abroad:
Oct30

What to expect when you go abroad:

This summer was the first time I had ever ventured out of the country, and it was the time of my life. Everyone knows things will be a little different in a different country, but its one of those things that you just have to experience for yourself. First off, the language barrier. We are fortunate that English is our native language and that the majority of the world speaks it also, but that doesn’t mean that everyone speaks...

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After Abroad
Oct20

After Abroad

So now you’ve been to some fascinating places, made wonderful friends, learned a lot about yourself, what now? Returning to my home campus was a reality check, that life is a little more simple on a daily basis than the last month I spent in Rome, and a few other unbelievable cities in Europe. What I did not expect to get from the trip, was a new perspective about my current life, not just the one we lived abroad. I have a...

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Merci Bruxelles
Aug10

Merci Bruxelles

Leaving Brussels was definitely bittersweet. The morning I left, I made sure to swing by my favorite café and get one more coffee for the road. I still had one more week left in Europe since I was meeting my mom and my niece in Paris, but it was still difficult to leave. It’s not as big of a city as Paris or London, and I think that’s one of the main reasons I liked it so much. Brussels had become to feel homey. I became accustomed to...

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Skomer Island, Wales
Jul31

Skomer Island, Wales

  While abroad I have learned a lot, and had the wonderful opportunity to travel. This is a picture of me and a dear friend I was able to meet here, Elyssa. We had just finished hiking a natural reserve, Skomer Island in Wales. This is my favorite weekend of the month so far! The scenery was amazing and we got to see seals in the sea! We also stayed at a bed and breakfast in Milford Haven, Wales and our host ended up being...

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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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