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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Preparing for Abroad
Jul02

Preparing for Abroad

Many stressful questions come up when you decide to study abroad. Some are about money, traveling, food, safety, and clothing. I know I had a million. My best mode of discovering the answers to these questions was asking people who have been. I asked friends, family, and people online about how to prepare.  These are some things I picked up 1. Plan things ahead. Nothing is more stressful then getting to your country and not being able...

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ciao for now
Jun13

ciao for now

I am now five days post-travel home and have had plenty of time to reflect on my experience in Italy studying the Reggio approach to learning and teaching. I have also thought a lot about the difference between the United States and Italy. I was surprised by how much we have Americanized Italian food; I expected to like the food better in Italy, but I honestly like our version better because I am more accustomed to it. I also found it...

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Back in the States!
Jun05

Back in the States!

Today has been a long day of travel. We left Hotel San Marco at 3:30 am to depart for the Bologna airport. Our flight schedule today was Bologna to Rome to Chicago to Birmingham. We will have been traveling well over 24 hours by the time we arrive back in Bama! (We got McDonald’s in Chicago, wooo!) Reflecting on the past few days, my brain is so overwhelmed, in a good way! I have so many new thoughts and ideas that I have to think...

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