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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a teacher’s role
May31

a teacher’s role

Day ‘tre’: such a neat day visiting a local Catholic school, recycling center, and University of UNIMORE. The private Catholic school consisted of a lower level of kindergarten students (ages 3-5), as well as a second level with primary students (6-10) and secondary students (11-13). Whereas the United States has grades K-12, Italy sets it up quite differently. They have grades 1-5 for primary school, grades 1-3 for...

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Arrivederci, America!
May23

Arrivederci, America!

  As I am sitting in the Chicago O’Hare International Airport, during a f i v e hour layover, I am already reflecting on how this experience will change my perspective on so many different things. Early this morning, several girls and I went to Chick-fil-A in the Birmingham Airport for pre-departure chicken minis *essential*. We began discussing our plans for our final project for the course that we are taking while in Italy. The...

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Italy, here I come…
May22

Italy, here I come…

To be completely honest, the thought of traveling gives me an unsettled feeling. This feeling shows no discrimination to distance, as I become anxious over a simple trip to a neighboring state. That being said, you can only imagine the emotions I am going through as I prepare to study abroad in Reggio Emilia, Italy for a week! As I sift through these overwhelming thoughts of traveling to another country, I remind myself of all the...

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