From Mountains to Sea Level: Back in the U.S.
Aug18

From Mountains to Sea Level: Back in the U.S.

I’ve now been back in the U.S. for two weeks, and though I was looking forward to spending time with family, it has been an interesting transition. I returned from Peru with an intestinal parasite and haven’t necessarily been living-it-up, but that aside, home has felt different. First and foremost, switching from speaking Spanish 95% of the time for six weeks to English all of the time is a very interesting transition. I...

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Highlights Sometimes Cover Up the Struggles
Aug18

Highlights Sometimes Cover Up the Struggles

The past two weeks I have hiked 9 different Incan and Pre-Incan ruins, I’ve spoken Spanish 90% of the time, and I’ve explored the places and people of Cusco, Peru and the Sacred Valley. All of this has been a wonderful period of growth both academically and personally, but often times my social media and the points which I mention to friends and family are just the highlight real. There are as many lows as highs and it can...

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Living with a Host Family in Cusco, Peru
Aug18

Living with a Host Family in Cusco, Peru

Initially, when I decided to study abroad one of my biggest concerns was the unknown of a host family. The program said we would get our housing assignments about two weeks before our program date. I did get the information as promised, but the information was an address, the host family’s last name, and a picture of the inside common room – thus it did very little to quell my concerns. My flight arrived at 5 am and I was...

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Morocco is home
Aug10

Morocco is home

I finished my study abroad program in Meknes, Morocco on July 27th. I ended the ten week program with dozens of new friends, four “A” grades, a working knowledge of French and Arabic (إن شاء الله) and a new perspective on life. On July 28th, my brother met me in Casablanca at the airport for a trip around Europe and Morocco, a trip I was able to afford because of the University of Alabama’s generous scholarships (roll tide). We flew...

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Motivation for Studying Abroad in Florence Italy
Aug10

Motivation for Studying Abroad in Florence Italy

Ciao, My name is Noah Dasinger and for the fall semester of 2018, I will be studying at the Lorenzo de Medici Institute, in Florence Italy. The motivation for deciding to study abroad has to do with my major which is art history and my interest in Renaissance Art. At 14 years old I traveled to Florence, it was my first time in Europe and when I turned northeast and saw the Duomo of the city, never before had my eyes seen beauty of...

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Oh the places you will go!
Aug09

Oh the places you will go!

Going abroad gives you the opportunity to not only call a new, fascinating place home but also the opportunity to easily see a bunch of other amazing places. I was really fortunate to not have Friday class so I had extended weekends to travel. Having so many unique places to choose from, it can be difficult to decide where to go and how to get there. My friend and I decided not to book any of our trips prior to going so we could gage...

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