Back Home!
Jul25

Back Home!

I cannot believe the semester is over!  Since I left in the middle of January, I have been abroad for 6 months.  The time has flown by.  Finals were way more stressful abroad than they were at home because each final was worth either 60 percent or 75 percent of my final grade.  Throughout the semester I did not have any homework assignments to turn in or any chapter tests.  Therefore, it was hard to gauge how prepared I needed to...

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Preparing for Sydney
Jun14

Preparing for Sydney

In just three short days I will be departing from my small PA suburb to fly to Sydney, Australia. Over a year ago as I spent hours researching which programs I was interested in, I came across this internship program in Sydney. And I laughed because it seemed outrageous that someone like me would end up in Australia. Europe, maybe. But not Australia. But sure enough, here I am. About to leave for 8 weeks in the land down under. I...

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New Zealand Excursions!
May12

New Zealand Excursions!

I cannot believe I only have two months left in New Zealand! The semester has flown by! I have been fortunate enough to travel around the south island of New Zealand almost every weekend with my friends. So far I have only spent 1 weekend in Dunedin, where I go to school. I have been to the Catlins, Queenstown, Wanaka, Christchurch, Mt. Cook, and even Samoa to name a few! Exploring and hiking has consumed the majority of my time. The...

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Learning to speak “Australian”
May02

Learning to speak “Australian”

I’m not going to lie, the fact that English is the main language spoken in Australia, was a major reason for why I chose to study here. I took 3 years of honors Spanish in high school and still can’t put a sentence together, so I wanted to avoid the frustration of constantly being surrounded by a language I don’t understand. One of the first things I learned when I got to Australia was that English is NOT the same...

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Three Months Down, One to Go.
May02

Three Months Down, One to Go.

I cannot believe it. I have been in living in London for three months. This trip has been so many things. Exciting, exhausting, exhilarating, and so much more. London has been beautiful and I have learned so much from it. Not only from my classes and my professors, but from my experiences in the city and from my friends, both back home and here. I have learned how difficult it can be to maintain healthy relationships with friends from...

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Settled Down in Brisbane
Apr28

Settled Down in Brisbane

It’s absolutely crazy to me to think that I have already been in Australia for over a month! The time sure does fly out here… And what an exciting month it has been! One of the cool things about college (or as the Aussies call it, “uni”) in Australia is that having classes 5 days a week isn’t all that common. Sure, some students do have classes 5 days a week but I’m taking a full load of 4 classes...

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