Back at home!
Jul12

Back at home!

I’m suffering from some serious Italy withdrawals. I am so bored now that I am home. I must admit my view here cannot compete with my view from my apartment in Florence. I just miss the smells of fresh food and the water from the river. I also miss the pizza (I haven’t dared to eat a bite since I returned home). I am so grateful for the opportunity to study abroad.  I feel like a new person, I learned so much about myself...

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Don’t stop.
Jul08

Don’t stop.

Annnnnnd, we’re back. In America. The home of the brave and land of the free and what not. And let me tell you, it actually is kind of nice to be back. My first night home I all but guzzled a cup of cheese dip at my favorite local Mexican restaurant. Later that week I said a prayer of thanks to every saint and God in the world as I enjoyed hot wings with ranch. Don’t even get me started on how I reacted when I finally had my favorite...

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I love London.
Jul08

I love London.

Culture shock. Before I left for study abroad and once I arrived at my new temporary home, it seemed to be all people could discuss. I patiently sat through at least five different lectures or online seminars with a graphic of the same culture shock curve presented each time. Here’s the thing though – I really didn’t identify with what I learned. Instead, I found myself acknowledging differences between the United Kingdom and the...

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My First Week Abroad
Jul05

My First Week Abroad

I have been in Australia for a week now, so I’m an expert on international travel, the study abroad experience, and mastering the nuances of a new culture. (This is a lie.) I intended to make this blog post much earlier, but it turns out preparing for a month-long stay on the other side of the world is fairly time-consuming. Fortunately, this gives me an opportunity to write about my first impressions of Australia, and hopefully...

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Final Thoughts
Jun30

Final Thoughts

Wow! I cannot believe that my time studying abroad has come to an end. It doesn’t feel real, after a month of living somewhere you get used to your new surroundings. I absolutely fell in love with Spain…Madrid, in particular, as it was the city I was able to call my home. But, we ventured to other places such as Segovia, Toledo, and Salamanca. I’m writing this sitting in the airport and honestly, I am very sad right now. I am sad to...

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Back Home in the States: Advice for Future Abroad Students
Jun28

Back Home in the States: Advice for Future Abroad Students

Well, it officially has been a month since I returned home from beautiful Florence, Italy. Many emotions filled me as I got home—depressed, anxious, happy, nervous—I didn’t know how to feel. I was excited to come home and see family and friends, but I was also extremely depressed to leave all my new friends my new home. I will never be able to forget this amazing experience and I am proud to say that I officially can check off 12 new...

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