A Love Letter to Scotland
Aug03

A Love Letter to Scotland

In Scotland, it feels like you can reach out and grab the old gods. The second I got off the plane in Inverness’s tiny airport, I knew I could live in the Highlands for the rest of my life. The people are friendly and there are forests and coastlines everywhere. I went to see a castle called Duffus Castle, and went to Lossiemouth beach. Going into Inverness was amazing as well-I was staying in a village called Nairn about 40...

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Prepping for Scotland
Aug01

Prepping for Scotland

Ever since high school I’ve known I wanted to venture abroad. Not only to see and explore other countries but also to experience different cultures, dialects and ways of life. Last year I began looking at the programs UA Education Abroad offered that catered to my degree, chemical engineering. I knew in my academic schedule for the upcoming summer that I would need to do a unit operations lab, so I scrolled through the programs...

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How I prepared for Chemical Engineering in Ireland
Jul16

How I prepared for Chemical Engineering in Ireland

**DISCLAIMER** all of this information is about June 2019’s experience in Ireland. While it may be the same program, the University College Dublin (UCD) or The University of Alabama may have made some changes. I found it was much easier to go to Ireland prepared than not so here is a list of how I prepared to go to Ireland and some commentary on what I wish I had done, for future reference. 1.I talked to my future classmates and...

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Scotland Soon!
Jul04

Scotland Soon!

Hey, my name is Tristan, and I am a senior chemical engineering student at The University of Alabama. I will be leaving to Edinburgh, Scotland tomorrow for UA in Scotland: Unit Operations Lab. I chose to study abroad because I have never been across the Atlantic Ocean and thought this would be a great opportunity to finally do it while pursuing my degree simultaneously. Since I worked an internship last summer, I thought that this...

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(sorta) Alla Mezza
Jul02

(sorta) Alla Mezza

I planned to pop back in at the half way point in the semester to write…but things got a little busy! So, this is my mid semester check-in, and it is coming at a time that ironically feels the most like “school” as I know it since I’ve gotten here. We are right in the middle of our exam session right now, so the last few weeks have been constant studying. Because of this, we had to pause traveling for a little...

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Brisbane, Fashionably Late
May28

Brisbane, Fashionably Late

My time in Australia is coming to an end quickly even though it feels like it has just begun. The nice thing about studying in the southern hemisphere is that while all my friends frozen in the winter months we had a hot summer.  Now that it’s winter here, it still feels like a summer back home with temperatures around 70 degrees every day.  I still have round a month left of my travels through the country with the...

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