Monthly Archives: June 2018

Adventures of an Aspiring Scientist in the Tropical Forests of Costa Rica

I’ve always had a love for traveling. Being daughter to a navy man, I grew up living all over the world, never residing in a single place for more than a few years. Even though the world is vast, I’ve always had an overwhelming desire to leave my mark upon it. Because of this, I am a Biology major with a passion for the natural world. If you’re a

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Oh my Gaudi!

I decided to go to Barcelona, Spain this summer because I am getting to the point in my college career where work experience, cultural intelligence, and individuality are just as important as the general knowledge I’ve gained from my courses. I wanted to be able to turn the somewhat regular internship experience most college students have into something unique and exciting! I also was really looking forward to experiencing

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A Very Un-American Experience

“Who is your favorite student out of the group?” I playfully asked our guide, Danstan. He smiled and chuckled. “That was a very American question.” I soon learned that not only were my questions “very American,” so were my thoughts and ideas and actions. Truthfully, I didn’t have the vacation of a lifetime on my study abroad trip to Kenya. It wasn’t relaxing; I was often uncomfortable and sometime

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The Secret Life of Cole Hickman

First of all, if you have any doubts or questions about whether or not to study abroad forget them now and just go for it. I went to Sweden for one semester, I spent 5 months in the country and I can promise you that those 5 months were the best months of my life! In part because things were new, and I was really excited to leave Tennessee,

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Balkan Experience

I have noticed that in today’s society individuals are intimidated by the idea of studying abroad. The concept of placing yourself in a foreign place surrounded by the unknown causes college students to become apprehensive with the opportunity. That frightening concept is the exact reason why I wanted to study in the Balkans. I was excited to explore the unknown and widen my worldview. Before my study abroad experience,

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You Can Totally Do It

My guess is, if you are reading essays by students who have studied abroad through UTC, you are considering it yourself. You are where I was a year ago- possibly unsure of where you want to go or even if you want to go in the first place. This semester I spent 4 months studying in Barcelona, Spain. I didn’t know a single person there and I walked into the semester with so

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Doing Business in the Balkans

My experience in the Balkans has been very introspective, dynamic, and humbling as it relates to my understanding of the world. The preservation and importance of local heritage was evident in all countries visited. It was also apparent that this region was bubbling with globalization as Western influences were evident everywhere. Contrasting differences in socio-economic status of the countries visited was observationally apparent.  For example,  Dubrovnik appeared to be

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Same Sky, Different Land

I spoke to my father as I drove to the Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport. He proposed, “We learn in four ways, reading, talking to others, suffering, and traveling.” I am honored to have learned through traveling. I would have chosen to study in the Balkans over other alternatives, because I experienced unique situations. Black stones jabbed my bare feet as I tottered toward the shore after I swam in

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The Beauty of the Balkans

From the moment I landed I was struck with how breathing the landscape was, not only did it have lush greenery, but it also gave you a feeling that there was more than what met the eye. Personally, I have friends who grew up in this area and I had heard stories about how pretty it was and how much history was there, but it is hard to imagine

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A Sight for Sore Eyes: Germany

Germany was absolutely breathtaking. The first week in Germany, we spent our time in Berlin. There in Berlin, I could walk to what they call “museum island”. There you could spend all the time you wanted and just take it all in. Especially in the Berlin Cathedral, there you could get the chance to see the city in 360 degree panorama. I could also walk to the Brandenburg Gate,

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