ありがとう、日本!
Jan14

ありがとう、日本!

I’ve wanted to study abroad in Japan since I was in middle school, so of course I was very excited when I first got there. I found that month by month my excitement slowly became replaced by comfort and familiarity, and as I adjusted to Japan it became home to me. Its society, my classes, and the friends I’d made from around the world helped me to grow as a person in more ways than I expected. First, I became more patient. Japanese...

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Hello, England!
Jan14

Hello, England!

I am Anna Catherine and am studying abroad in Leicester (LES-TAH) this Spring 2019 semester. I have met many study abroad students, which has been the biggest blessing. They are all so kind, and I know we are all experiencing the same problems of adjusting to this new life away from home. There are students from all over the world. I am not learning just England’s culture; I am learning a bunch of other cultures as I meet other...

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The Beginning
Jan09

The Beginning

Hello, My name is DyQwan L. and I will be writing about my feelings on my pre-departure to France. This is my first time out of country and I am very nervous. I find myself daydreaming of the adventures that are to come but also the challenges of intergrating myself into another culture. I have tried to study about my destination on multiple accotions but I am still not sure it is sufficient. My mother drove me to the airport today...

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On Studying Japanese
Dec25

On Studying Japanese

“Why Japanese?” is the question most people will pelt you with when you tell them you’re learning the language. Some people will go the softer route and ask, “Oh, so what led you to that?” Others will go directly for the explosive option: “Wow you must really like anime.” The Foreign Service Institute’s School of Language Studies, which helps teach U.S. diplomats, classifies Japanese as...

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Reflecting on Thailand
Dec16

Reflecting on Thailand

As the semester comes to a close and the temperature continues to drop, I constantly find my mind wandering away from my studies and thinking about better, warmer days. Specifically the days during my trip to Thailand in October, when six friends and I stayed in Bangtao Beach, Phuket and had way too much fun. (PS. This account may not be completely objective, since Phuket’s beaches and palm trees constantly had me comparing it to my...

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The Uji Chapters
Nov14

The Uji Chapters

Of all the unread books on my shelf back home, none is more intimidating than Murasaki Shikibu’s The Tale of Genji. The translation I own, the 1926 translation by Arthur Waley, lands at over a 1000 pages. (The Tale of Genji taking up a large amount of space on my Japanese Literature shelf in Birmingham, AL) Murasaki, a lady of Japan’s Heian court, wrote Genji roughly a thousand years ago, with the novel itself tracing the...

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