Pre-Departure Toronto, Canada
Jan29

Pre-Departure Toronto, Canada

I was in class when my professor mentioned a free study abroad trip for business students, not only the free part caught my attention, I thought it would be neat to go study abroad as a freshman. I know I did not quite have the money for study abroad at the moment so this was an exciting offer. Before deciding on this trip, I had to think about what all it came with, possible culture shock, not being able to go to spring break with...

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Returning to the Homeland
Oct30

Returning to the Homeland

When I first landed in the US I was instantly greeted with familiarity. I loved being in Scotland but it’s just something about being in your own country that makes you feel more secure. After my connecting flight I finally landed in New Orleans airport. I felt instantly at home and was so excited to see my family. My family had made me one of those cheesy welcome home signs, but I was so happy to see them to be embarrassed. Once out...

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Getting Prepared for China
Sep23

Getting Prepared for China

This is my second study abroad trip, to China, and so I am preparing for this trip did not pose any difficulties. I was looking forward to this trip, nonetheless, because I’ve never been to northern China, where the weather is more pleasant. So, this time I’ve packed a few long sleeves and a jacket.  Because this study abroad trip was only two-weeks long, I had no reason to be anxious or nervous. I have studied Mandarin for a few...

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Back at Home
Sep11

Back at Home

UA in Oxford Reflecting on being abroad, I realize how remarkable of a journey I’ve committed to. It was such a fulfilling time and I learned many things, not just about myself but life and other people. I cannot tell my experience to the extent that I wish without mentioning what it felt like being African American abroad. Travelling internationally for the first time, I had no idea what to expect. I found myself looking for other...

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While in Scotland
Sep04

While in Scotland

When I first arrived in Edinburgh, I was jetlagged and disoriented. I was more than ready to get to Heriot Watt University, find my flat and settle in to my new home for the month. My taxi ride to the university was really enjoyable as my driver was lively and talkative, a quality I would later learn is common among Scottish people. When I finally arrived at the university, I discovered that the flats were still being cleaned and I...

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UA in Oxford: Reflecting on a Journey
Aug28

UA in Oxford: Reflecting on a Journey

Upon returning home, I was reminded of the differences in everyday things in England compared to the United States. The accents, grocery stores, and currencies are just few of the things that made England such a unique experience for an American student studying at Oxford University. The beautiful scenery that Worcester College exhibits rivals anything that I have seen at the many American universities I have been to. Prior to...

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