The HIGHEST HIGHS and the lowest lows
Sep24

The HIGHEST HIGHS and the lowest lows

There is no doubt that there are highs and lows when studying abroad. One minute, you can be having an amazing conversation with a Ghanaian, the next, someone may be trying to talk to you and they get frustrated because you cannot understand them. You can have a fantastic day at work, but get stuck in traffic on a trotro that is filled to compacity; no breathing room, no air condition, and the sun beaming directly down on you. A month...

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And off she went, to change the world
Sep18

And off she went, to change the world

The day before I left to start this amazing journey, I felt as if my heart would explode with all of these emotions that I couldn’t express. I was excited to experience a different culture, I was excited to meet my host family. However, I was also nervous about the unknown. I didn’t know what my field placement would be like, I didn’t know what my routine would be like, and I was practicing social work for the first time! One mistake...

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Packing for success
Sep09

Packing for success

      Packing up and moving for 5 months is not an easy feat. Especially when you have to add baggage weight limitations and the ability to take everything you have on the go. Then you add in the fear of something being lost or stolen, and it turns into an even more overwhelming task. I somehow managed to take a carry on, backpack, and one checked bag with me for my semester in Barcelona. When I arrived I noticed that many...

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“Welcome back! Welcome home!”
Sep04

“Welcome back! Welcome home!”

After almost a whole day of flying, I was just hours away from landing in Accra. During different times of the flight I came across others who asked me questions out of curiosity. Where are you from? How many times have you been to Ghana? What are you doing here? Was it that obvious that I was not from Ghana? Did I really stick out like a sore thumb? Either way, each time I was eager to repeat my entire explanation of how I ended up...

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A Journey I’ve Been Waiting To Experience For A Year!
Sep02

A Journey I’ve Been Waiting To Experience For A Year!

What do you do when you finally get to begin the journey of your dreams after waiting for a year? You take a leap of faith, double check that you’ve packed everything, and brace your self for an unforgettable experience. Doing my social work field practicum internationally was something that I knew I wanted to do from the moment I learned about it my sophomore year. While it may have seemed like something that was very extreme,...

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Through the Windshield
Aug30

Through the Windshield

For the past six months, I’ve heard a steady stream of advice regarding this next semester abroad: stay hydrated, wear comfortable shoes, take pictures, carry cash, honestly I could dedicate this entire post to all of the tips, tricks, recommendations, and well wishes that have been pouring in from all sides since January. But as my departing flight looms closer, the words that ring loudest in my mind are “You will be a different...

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