Pre-departure Eurotrip and Study Abroad Planning
Jun12

Pre-departure Eurotrip and Study Abroad Planning

I’m writing this after walking out of turn at graduation this May. As an engineering student, I participated in the co-op program for 3 rotating semesters, which contribute to why I’m studying abroad to finish up my degree. Thankfully, the department of chemical and biological engineering offers our Unit Operations Lab abroad, which will be my last class of undergrad. My co-op delayed my timing to study abroad, but...

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Safety Suggestions for Europe
May23

Safety Suggestions for Europe

While most people have the attitude of “that will never happen to me,” the reality is that is happens to a LOT of people while abroad. Tourists always seem to have big bullseyes on their foreheads that say “TOURIST.” Most of the people who would prey on tourists can notice them from a mile away and tend to equate tourists with money. Violent crime is not something that you really need to worry about in Europe,...

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Time flies when you’re having fun!
Apr12

Time flies when you’re having fun!

As I am writing this, I am exactly 5 weeks away from my departure date back to the USA. That is almost surreal to write; I cannot believe how fast the semester has flown by! I have made some wonderful new friends from all across the globe and together we have created some great memories. I have gotten to experience 8 new countries already and have one more stop, Denmark, before the semester comes to a close. My two favorite trips thus...

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New Year, New Country!
Jan20

New Year, New Country!

The semester abroad that I have been looking forward to since before I even started college is finally here! I have always been passionate about traveling to new places and knew that studying abroad would be an integral part of my college experience. Studying at University College Dublin was an easy choice for me because of the strong relationship that UA has with UCD, especially in their engineering department. Many of my classes...

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Berlin with other Exchange Students
Jan18

Berlin with other Exchange Students

Over the Christmas break my Finnish roommate and I went to Berlin to celebrate New Years Eve with some Mexican, Russian, and German friends that we’ve met since being in Stuttgart this semester. We were amazed at how huge the city was and decided to explore the city just by walking around. We found the Brandenburg gate completely by accident, but sadly it was closed. After that we stumbled upon Germany’s capitol the...

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Before I leave
Jan11

Before I leave

Ever since Alabama introduced me to the idea when I toured, I have wanted to study abroad. Sophomore spring is the perfect time, because I have made some great friends, but my classes aren’t so hard that it would be impossible to enjoy a new country. Ireland was one of the only areas that had civil engineering classes (besides England and Germany), but luckily I had wanted to go there since the beginning. Luckily, my scholarship...

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