Why Medical Missions in Ghana??
Jul07

Why Medical Missions in Ghana??

Pre-departure:   Why did you choose to study abroad? What factors (year in school, location, etc.) played into your decision? What key things did you have to consider before deciding to go abroad?   A brilliant man, my father longed for the expansion of his mind and spirit. Cultures electrified his passions, and he delivered his cultural love through a large red library I called, “Daddy’s Den.” He kept my favorite book on...

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Host Locations
Jul07

Host Locations

Participating in two sessions this summer in Spain means that I get to have the experience of staying in two different host locations: one in the peaceful town of San Lorenzo and one in Spain’s bustling capital, Madrid.  These two locations could not be more different which has kept things exciting. In San Lorenzo, things moved at a much slower pace than I’m used to back at UA.  The stores in San Lorenzo close at 2:00 in the afternoon...

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Checking off the To-Do or To-EAT list and writing a new life’s goal list
Jul07

Checking off the To-Do or To-EAT list and writing a new life’s goal list

I love green tea. Any green tea-flavored deserts impulse my consumer desire so I decided to start my journey of the holy green tea trail and my love for cafés and bakeries. Korea is not the designated green tea heaven, Japan is; however, there were enough or excessive (to explain it correctly) to please my obsession. Additionally, this journey added my love for red bean paste, bean powder, black sesame (heukimja), sweet potato, and...

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While Abroad
Jun02

While Abroad

My first impression while arriving in Spain was that there was more graffiti than I thought there would be! My idea of Spain was that it was a clean and classy country (and it is). While those things are true, I did not expect to see sidewalks and buildings with graffiti on them. A thought that kept coming back to me was: “wow, this is different than I imagined it would be”. I felt homesick at first but anxious to explore...

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Pre-Departure Blog: The Hair Conundrum
May16

Pre-Departure Blog: The Hair Conundrum

As I prepare to study abroad, I have constantly been at odds with one question – what should I do with my hair? Should I tame my wild afro with the straightener? Should I go with a nice weave or sew-in? Maybe box braids or micros would be better suited for swimming in the ocean and hiking through forests. Or maybe, I should just own my wild Afro – which would at least keep the heat of the Central American sun off my shoulders. After...

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A Breath of Fresh Air
May15

A Breath of Fresh Air

As my Latin American adventure comes to an end, I can’t help but look back on who I was when I stepped off that plane and who I am now. Before I came to Costa Rica, I was caught up in the daily grind of university life – hardly taking time to eat or sleep, let alone let myself enjoy all that was around me. I was so worried about passing with a stellar GPA or understanding the fine-tuned, linguistic inter-workings of Spanish that I...

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