Navigating limbo: A month behind everyone else
May15

Navigating limbo: A month behind everyone else

While the buzz of life on campus restarted, while my friends started filling their agendas and while others studying abroad started taking off for their adventure, I have been stuck in a weird kind of limbo. As a future exchange student at the Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane, Australia, my semester does not start until the end of February. Due to Australia’s cozy position in the Southern Hemisphere, their seasons...

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Life Across the Pond
May15

Life Across the Pond

Once I stepped off the plane at London Gatwick, I felt as if I was in the middle of dream. Everything was different. The people talked funny and the signs I had to follow were different than the ones in America. Flash forward almost an entire month and I still feel as if I’m catching up to my new home for the next few months. London was great. Buildings from centuries ago and skyscrapers that are still being worked on. When I...

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La vie français: Des pâtisseries et du café
Apr05

La vie français: Des pâtisseries et du café

I have lived in France for a little over three months now, and every day is still an adventure. My exchange program is placed in Tours, France, and idyllic and quaint French town about an hour train ride outside of Paris. This little town, located along the Loire River, is the perfect mixture of old renaissance buildings and modernity. I live right in the center of the historic quarter—I’m actually typing up this blog post in my...

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First Week in Australia
Apr03

First Week in Australia

Lemonade is actually sprite. Thongs are flip flops.  Toasties are sandwiches.  And everyone screams “Yeeew!” when they’re excited.  Tim Tams are delicious and Aussie guys will make any girl swoon! This first week in Australia was nothing less than awesome! I landed in Brisbane to begin our orientation with ISA – the program that is hosting my study abroad program.  Our group travelled to Byron Bay where we...

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[Pre-Departure] Why I wanted to go to Japan and Ritsumeikan University
Mar25

[Pre-Departure] Why I wanted to go to Japan and Ritsumeikan University

Traveling to other countries has always been a dream of mine. As a child and teenager, I did not have the fortunate opportunity to travel the world like some people I know; however, I did not let that deter me away from challenges. When I entered the university, I immediately knew I wanted to study abroad. During my first semester at The University of Alabama, I visited the study abroad office. The main question, where do you want to...

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Sad Seoul
Jul12

Sad Seoul

안녕 Sitting in a coffee shop in the middle of Seoul and finally realizing that in exactly a month, I will be back in Alabama, is filling me with nothing but sadness. It seems impossible that four months have already passed of my study abroad experience, and it is now coming to an end. Before I left America, I knew I would have a good time in Seoul, but you can never truly know what to expect until you are actually emerged in the city...

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