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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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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Oh, Humidity
Aug17

Oh, Humidity

The morning above London. I’ve been home for two weeks now, and they have been slightly rough. A few days after getting back I woke up one morning to realize that I, unfortunately, took some germs back home with me from the ride back. Jet lag was nowhere in sight, I would have rather had jet lag for a week than a cold. I did start to feel better the beginning of this week and decided to venture more outside. Let’s just say...

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Reflections
Aug16

Reflections

I have been back for less than a week and I am still a little jetlagged. Only a few days until the semester starts and while I am shocked by how fast the summer flew by, I wouldn’t change what I did at all. The five and a half weeks I spent in Australia was absolutely fantastic. I got to see so many incredible things. As part of our Comparative Supreme Court class, we toured the Australian High Court. It was an impressive space to be...

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Leaving Italy with a Full Stomach and Happy Heart
Aug16

Leaving Italy with a Full Stomach and Happy Heart

I’ve returned from Italy with a full stomach and a happy heart. Italy was full of new experiences, friends, and food. I was so sad to leave such a beautiful place, but I’m really happy to be back in the United States with my family and friends. As soon as I saw my mom at the airport, she greeted me with open arms and my favorite Starbucks drink. I definitely believe studying abroad shaped me into a more understanding and compassionate...

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