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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Learning and Eating in Spain…Mostly Eating.
Jun15

Learning and Eating in Spain…Mostly Eating.

  Coming to another country and living there is difficult enough, but especially when you are in a country that speaks another language. English is my first language and it is the only language I am totally fluent in. I have taken Spanish for two years at Alabama now, and although I am learning, I am not fluent quite yet. Yes, taking classes does help with learning a new language but nothing is quite like being completely...

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Preparing to Study Abroad: Central America and Europe
Jun13

Preparing to Study Abroad: Central America and Europe

About Me: My name is Katy Sobodos. I’m an incoming junior from Detroit, Michigan. My major is Management Information Systems and my minor is Geography. I am going on the faculty-led program, UA in Belize: Rainforests and Reefs: Tropical Conservation in Belize, as well as a program through a UA Affiliate, CEA Prague, Czech Republic – Business, Liberal Arts, and Social Sciences. I can’t describe how excited I am for these two...

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