Interning in Australia: Motivations and Goals
Feb18

Interning in Australia: Motivations and Goals

My journey to deciding to intern abroad was fairly simple. Currently, I am a junior studying marketing in the Accelerated Master’s Program. I am thankful I am attending Alabama with a full-tuition scholarship. Additionally, I am ahead in my program coursework because of my AP exams and dual enrollment in high school. Therefore, with this scholarship funding and flexible time in my program, I began to explore opportunities abroad....

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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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Welcome to Sydney: First Impressions
Jul11

Welcome to Sydney: First Impressions

I had been abroad before, so I didn’t have any of the usual jittery feelings about being in a foreign country that some students might experience. I was eager and ready to undertake another international excursion. The last time I went abroad, I studied in Austria, so explaining to my friends and family that I was going to Australia, the place with kangaroos, was the most complicated part about pre-departure.  I’m traveling with...

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Kia Ora!
Jun17

Kia Ora!

Kia ora is the standard greeting in New Zealand, a bit of the language of the indigenous people (Māori) that means “be well.” It is what the flight attendant at the Air New Zealand desk said to me when I checked in for my flight. This was the first time I’d heard the phrase that would become synonymous with happiness, comfort, and a sense of home that I’d never experienced before this trip. I had no idea what...

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Just Say Yes
Jun11

Just Say Yes

The one piece of knowledge I’ve learned on this trip that I could tell anyone would be just say yes. While we are all college kids making our way in the world and limited funds, some of my favorite memories have been because I said yes regardless. I’m fortunate enough to have a father who said go have the trip of a lifetime and we’ll figure out how to pay for it once you get back, just don’t get too spend happy. I know I’m going to...

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Main Differences between the US and New Zealand
Jun07

Main Differences between the US and New Zealand

Going into my three weeks in New Zealand, I figured I would find mostly similarities between our countries. What I took away instead were endless differences that taught me a lot. America’s government versus New Zealand’s government was a main topic among UA and NZ students. Through our visit to Parliament, we learned that their government is much more accessible to its citizens than ours. For example, any petition with...

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