viva Chile
Aug04

viva Chile

I’m about 3 and 1/2 weeks out from my study abroad trip to Santiago, Chile. It’s getting closer and it’s getting more real. I chose to study abroad so that I could fully immerse myself into Spanish culture, in order to learn the language more fully. Luckily, with the help of scholarships from my affiliate program and from the Education Abroad office, program cost hasn’t been that much of an issue. However, it...

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Adelante a Colombia!
Jan14

Adelante a Colombia!

Program name: ISA in Barranquilla, Colombia University Name: Universidad del Norte I have dreamed about visiting Colombia since my freshman year when I met my first ELI culture and language partner, Carlos. But one never just meets a single Colombian—through Carlos I also met his friends Cesar and Jaime—all of which I remain in contact today (in fact, I am boarding the plane to Bogota tomorrow to visit them before my study abroad term...

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Haiti Here I Come
Jan04

Haiti Here I Come

I am so excited about my trip to Haiti! I am ready to jump right in and start helping the Haitian entrepreneurs build their business! I am excited about this opportunity, and I am only worried a little bit about the potential language barrier. I think I still will be able to make a big contribution to their lives regardless. I am in charge of helping them with learning leadership skills in their businesses and run them effectively.  ...

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São Paulo Fading
Sep04

São Paulo Fading

When I stepped out of the airplane in Miami, my first time back in the states after five weeks almost 5 thousand miles away from Alabama, the wave of humidity in the familiar Southern air greeted me—even though it was only 5am. I was home. Now, I’ve been back in the states for almost as much time as I was gone, and my time in South America’s largest city, São Paulo, Brazil, is beginning to be more and more an abstract memory. There...

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In the Midle of São Paulo
Aug18

In the Midle of São Paulo

If you can learn nothing else from this blog post, know that Sao Paulo, Brazil, is a massive, expansive city. I am far from a city boy, but I cannot imagine anyone being able to gaze at the seemingly endless expanse of this city and be unimpressed. Though Sao Paulo has tall buildings, the city seems to have grown in breath more than height over the years. Disorganized, random, and beautiful, it doesn’t necessarily lack a center...

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Delayed Final Reflections
Aug10

Delayed Final Reflections

If I were to consider the entire collective experience of being in Santiago, Valparaiso, and Easter Island, it would emerge as a kaleidoscope of images and emotions, a tumultuous attempt at the reorganization of the study abroad trip. While my words can never fully compare to the actual events or provide a proper basis of understanding for those who wish to live vicariously through such adventures, I do hope that reading such stories...

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