Back at home!
Jul12

Back at home!

I’m suffering from some serious Italy withdrawals. I am so bored now that I am home. I must admit my view here cannot compete with my view from my apartment in Florence. I just miss the smells of fresh food and the water from the river. I also miss the pizza (I haven’t dared to eat a bite since I returned home). I am so grateful for the opportunity to study abroad.  I feel like a new person, I learned so much about myself...

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Don’t stop.
Jul08

Don’t stop.

Annnnnnd, we’re back. In America. The home of the brave and land of the free and what not. And let me tell you, it actually is kind of nice to be back. My first night home I all but guzzled a cup of cheese dip at my favorite local Mexican restaurant. Later that week I said a prayer of thanks to every saint and God in the world as I enjoyed hot wings with ranch. Don’t even get me started on how I reacted when I finally had my favorite...

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I love London.
Jul08

I love London.

Culture shock. Before I left for study abroad and once I arrived at my new temporary home, it seemed to be all people could discuss. I patiently sat through at least five different lectures or online seminars with a graphic of the same culture shock curve presented each time. Here’s the thing though – I really didn’t identify with what I learned. Instead, I found myself acknowledging differences between the United Kingdom and the...

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Guide to a Summer in Barcelona
Jul02

Guide to a Summer in Barcelona

Barcelona is a unique city full of many sights and Catalan charm. I have been studying in Barcelona for 4 exciting and super busy weeks. With so much to see and do in a short summer semester, here are a few tips to make the most of your study abroad experience.   Be aware of the cultural differences. You have to keep in mind that you are in a different country, so some things that might seem rude or strange to you is normal for...

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Back Home in the States: Advice for Future Abroad Students
Jun28

Back Home in the States: Advice for Future Abroad Students

Well, it officially has been a month since I returned home from beautiful Florence, Italy. Many emotions filled me as I got home—depressed, anxious, happy, nervous—I didn’t know how to feel. I was excited to come home and see family and friends, but I was also extremely depressed to leave all my new friends my new home. I will never be able to forget this amazing experience and I am proud to say that I officially can check off 12 new...

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Back Home
Jun06

Back Home

After spending more than four months living and studying in Scotland, I returned home to Birmingham three days ago. In these first few days, my adjustment back to life in the U.S. has been harder than I had expected. My body wakes me up by 5 each morning (noon in Scotland) and is exhausted by 8 pm (2 am). I also apparently had forgotten just how hot summers in Alabama could be, and it’s only early June. I don’t just miss the cooler...

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