My Bodleian Library Experience
Aug21

My Bodleian Library Experience

I am a huge fan of libraries and books of any sort and got my first library card when I was 3, so needless to say I was very excited when I was told that those of us on the UA at Oxford trip were getting Bodleian reader cards. This meant we could go into the Bodleian library and use their databases and most of their books (for some reason, they didn’t want to let us have access to the ones that are centuries old first editions...

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Missing France, Plus Advice
Aug21

Missing France, Plus Advice

I miss French being spoken around me all the time. This is one of the first things which strikes me as I wait for my connection in the Atlanta airport, back on American soil. I am tired from my travels, yet the 9 hour plane ride to Atlanta went much smoother than my ride to France, because I knew what to expect and was actually able to sleep on the plane. One of the first things I did after arriving in Atlanta and going through...

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Walking and Diversity
Aug21

Walking and Diversity

I love the town of Tours. Although home to a similar population size as Tuscaloosa, everything in Tours is built close together, allowing you to walk everywhere. I walk from my host family to school, from school to lunch (there are so many options!), and after class I can walk all over, from different shopping areas, a movie theater, or the river adjacent to town. I love this convenience. Another bonus of walking everywhere is that...

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A Day in Rome: How I Learned to Enjoy my Own Company
Aug19

A Day in Rome: How I Learned to Enjoy my Own Company

While there are many moments that I will treasure forever from my time studying abroad in Italy, there is one day that I can’t help but talk about every single time. My group and I were about a week into our study abroad program and we had decided to take a weekend trip to Rome. Of course, every single one of us couldn’t help but revert to tourist mode. How could you not? There is just so much to see and do; the Colosseum, the Trevi...

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Life in Berlin
Aug19

Life in Berlin

Studying abroad is an experience, and it’s one that has its ups and downs. Upon arrival, the airline lost all of my luggage. I came to Germany for the summer and had barely any personal belongings. Right from the get-go, I had to adapt to every possible scenario and situation. So far, every possible thing that could go wrong, has. But you learn to adapt and laugh at the chaos that surrounds you. I’ll be the first one to...

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Keep Calm and Stay Out of Temple Bar
Aug17

Keep Calm and Stay Out of Temple Bar

While participating in the UA in Ireland: Chemical Engineering program, you will spend an excessive amount of time studying and doing homework. Your best friends will be coffee (which is €1 before 0900 at the on-campus Starbucks), your textbook, the library, and your classmates while doing your homework. This program is truly a study abroad, not like a “study abroad” your friends and family will assume you’re...

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