Feeling at Home on the Other Side of the Planet
Jul26

Feeling at Home on the Other Side of the Planet

I intended to make this post over a week ago, so let me start with a piece of advice: when you’re studying abroad, time can get away from you pretty easily. It’s a challenge to stay on top of your schoolwork when so many other, more interesting things are happening around you, but those are the things you’ll remember when you get home. I’ve learned that balance is key: do the work you came to do, but remember that you’re also in the...

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Planning a Study Abroad Trip
Jul24

Planning a Study Abroad Trip

When planning my study abroad trip to Australia, I knew that I would be on a strict budget. However, I still wanted to make sure that I was able to see as much as possible in the short 6 weeks that I would be in the country. So I used a few tools for planning my trip that I have found very useful, and I believe these can be useful for others when planning similar trips. Flight Alerts I have always been a planner, so I began planning...

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New Zealand: Leaving the Land of the Long White Cloud
Jul17

New Zealand: Leaving the Land of the Long White Cloud

After the most whirlwind month of my life, I’ve finally made it home. It’s honestly somewhat difficult to absorb everything that’s happened, including that I’m back in Alabama. When I got off the flight and saw my parents, it was a wonderful feeling; however, after traveling for almost 24 hours, everything was a little bit fuzzy and I was mostly just ready to go to bed. Now that I’ve gotten turned back around, I’ve really started to...

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…So what extraordinary things will you make happen here?
Jul10

…So what extraordinary things will you make happen here?

…So what extraordinary things will you make happen here? Looking through a tiny oval window on the plane I could only begin to imagine the extraordinary things but seeing the lush, green rolling mountains, I knew I was already in love. When I think of New Zealand I automatically think of The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings and I can see now why they chose to film the movie here, it is breathtakingly beautiful. I was so fascinated...

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Getting Ready!
Jul09

Getting Ready!

Travel and exploring the unknown is possibly one of the most exciting things in life. I have always had a passion for traveling and exploring new cultures. So, when I saw the option to study abroad I was ecstatic! Now I could not only see new places and things but also learn about it. It was difficult to choose what places I wanted to go but narrowed it down to New Zealand, Greece, and England. After some contemplation, I decided to...

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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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