Some Reverse Culture Shock
May19

Some Reverse Culture Shock

It’s been almost a month now since I’ve returned from my study abroad program, and from the beginning of my journey, I knew I wanted to do a post about reverse culture shock. While spending three months in London with the Hansard Scholars Program was a life changing experience, few phenomena compare to coming home after a whirlwind adventure to family and life back in the US. While, culturally, London was a fairly similar city to...

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The Semester of Me
Apr09

The Semester of Me

At the start of 2017, I promised myself that I would push myself to do things that scared me. Last summer, I decided to move to a new city alone for an internship, and it created a renewed sense of independence within myself. Navigating a new life in this city helped me grow as an individual and reminded me of how exciting life can be if you let it. As I returned to Tuscaloosa in the fall, I was eager to create new adventures and...

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A Hansard Scholar in London
Mar03

A Hansard Scholar in London

Anyone who has ever studied abroad will most likely describe the first few weeks in one compact, colorful term: whirlwind.   My time so far here in London, England, has been just that. So much so that it has taken me over a month to finally sit down and reflect on everything that has happened. I’m here in the UK from January to April participating in the Hansard Scholars Programme (British spelling, see I’m acclimating). During...

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What to expect when you go abroad:
Oct30

What to expect when you go abroad:

This summer was the first time I had ever ventured out of the country, and it was the time of my life. Everyone knows things will be a little different in a different country, but its one of those things that you just have to experience for yourself. First off, the language barrier. We are fortunate that English is our native language and that the majority of the world speaks it also, but that doesn’t mean that everyone speaks...

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After Abroad
Oct20

After Abroad

So now you’ve been to some fascinating places, made wonderful friends, learned a lot about yourself, what now? Returning to my home campus was a reality check, that life is a little more simple on a daily basis than the last month I spent in Rome, and a few other unbelievable cities in Europe. What I did not expect to get from the trip, was a new perspective about my current life, not just the one we lived abroad. I have a...

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Back to the US
Aug15

Back to the US

After a month in Cuba I wasn’t ready to leave… I had made some amazing friends and learned so much. However, I had to return to the US. I was excited to go home because I had missed my friends and family and couldn’t wait to tell them about everything I had learned. So when the time had come, I jumped on my flight and was off to the US. I hadn’t expected to have much of a reverse culture shock coming back. I...

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