Why I chose Barcelona, Spain as my study abroad destination
Jan04

Why I chose Barcelona, Spain as my study abroad destination

I have known that I wanted to study abroad in Spain since I began taking Spanish classes during my freshman year of high school. My Spanish teacher constantly talked about how beautiful it was and how the experiences that you will have in Spain will be unlike those in any other country. Throughout my Spanish classes in high school, I was able to learn a lot about the culture in Spain, especially in Barcelona. Barcelona interested me...

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The Final Night in Russia
Dec29

The Final Night in Russia

  My last day in Russia was a lot of things. It was stressful, it was fun, it was full of nostalgia, but most of all, it was meaningful. I was responsible all semester and left every last bit of my packing to the last day — but there were still lots of fun things that I wanted to get done as well. My roommate and I initially planned to go ice skating, grab some dinner, and head back to pack all night. However, things didn’t...

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Looking Forward to London
Dec27

Looking Forward to London

Where to start…. I dance, I sing, and I act.  Some would call me a triple threat. But I usually just say I’m a student of the University of Alabama double majoring in Dance and Theatre. My main concentrations in my majors are concert dance and acting. Since a young age, I have had aspirations of producing my own show, working in film, writing, and establishing my own clothing line. I want to create, experiment, make mistakes,...

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On Studying Japanese
Dec25

On Studying Japanese

“Why Japanese?” is the question most people will pelt you with when you tell them you’re learning the language. Some people will go the softer route and ask, “Oh, so what led you to that?” Others will go directly for the explosive option: “Wow you must really like anime.” The Foreign Service Institute’s School of Language Studies, which helps teach U.S. diplomats, classifies Japanese as...

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Reflecting on Thailand
Dec16

Reflecting on Thailand

As the semester comes to a close and the temperature continues to drop, I constantly find my mind wandering away from my studies and thinking about better, warmer days. Specifically the days during my trip to Thailand in October, when six friends and I stayed in Bangtao Beach, Phuket and had way too much fun. (PS. This account may not be completely objective, since Phuket’s beaches and palm trees constantly had me comparing it to my...

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Life begins at the end of your comfort zone
Dec12

Life begins at the end of your comfort zone

More often than not, in my experience discussing traveling alone, I endure apprehensive warnings of caution and horror stories. There is a stigma around the idea of being alone. Human nature is meant to be shared, which is why we all have a yearning for companionship and ultimately fear being alone. But here I am, appealing to all the adventurous people out there, to go off and explore alone. I hope that my experience traveling alone...

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