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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New Zealand Has Found the Child In Me
Jun07

New Zealand Has Found the Child In Me

I am a child again. I first got this feeling flying off the back of the boat in Paihia and dangling in the air next to Terri and Michael looking at the huge ocean below us. The feeling you get when you get lost in the moment and all since of stress and worry no longer exist. I got lost in that moment and I think for the first time was able to truly just live for in it. This feeling solidified during my day trip to the hot springs in...

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An Afterthought
Jun03

An Afterthought

I am currently on the fifteen hour plane ride back home, and I have reached a new level of exhaustion that I previously did not believe existed. Between my Lord of the Rings and Hobbit marathon, I have had ample time to reflect on my trip. It didn’t take me much time to conclude that these past four weeks have been some of the best of my life. Along with the incredible sights and cities I have seen, I feel blessed to have had the...

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Peace out USA

This past January I was informed of an opportunity to go to Australia and Singapore with the International Business program here at UA. I immediately applied for the study abroad and informed my parents of the unique opportunity it would bring me to meet company executives from international corporations. This was my motivation and reasoning for choosing the UA in Singapore summer May interim program. In order to prepare for leaving...

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Excursion to Milford Sound
May29

Excursion to Milford Sound

This was an especially early morning. I staggered around and got dressed at 5:30 this morning. Then, our whole group loaded onto a glass-ceiling bus and began our long journey. About two hours in, we stopped for breakfast in Te Anau. I got some incredible banana pancakes! On the bus, I got to watch the moon fall and the sun rise behind the mountains, painting the sky beautiful colors. The long drive was gorgeous-we went through the...

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Brisbane, Fashionably Late
May28

Brisbane, Fashionably Late

My time in Australia is coming to an end quickly even though it feels like it has just begun. The nice thing about studying in the southern hemisphere is that while all my friends frozen in the winter months we had a hot summer.  Now that it’s winter here, it still feels like a summer back home with temperatures around 70 degrees every day.  I still have round a month left of my travels through the country with the...

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