Monthly Archives: July 2018

Take Every Opportunity

As I reflect on my time in Spain, I have come to conclude that my trip was truly amazing, and I am very grateful for the opportunity. Since I was young, I have always wanted to travel, and Spain was one of my top destinations. Other than the beautiful sights, I was able to learn a lot about the Spanish culture through food, dance, the nightlife, and, of course,

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Athens, the City of Ruins

Ever since I was young, I knew I wanted to travel to Athens, Greece. The history, culture, and beautiful scenery was what led to my decision to study abroad there. I attended Deree: The American College of Greece through the AIFS program. Although it is more expensive, I would highly recommend going through a program such as AIFS because there were many benefits to it such as a 300

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The Experience of a Lifetime

For four weeks, I had the opportunity to complete a service learning program and work with people with disabilities at a local non-profit in Wellington, New Zealand. While applying for my program and looking for places to study, New Zealand really stood out me because it was similar enough to the United States where I would not have a major culture shock, but also unique in its own way.

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Turning Travel Into Adventure

Arriving in a new, exciting, and beautiful country alone I was prepared for every experience and adventure that was to come. I didn’t expect to fall in love with a place so different and unfamiliar. The adventure began in Madrid when I got off the plane and met the ten people I would be spending the next month with in our home, Málaga. I was overwhelmed in the best

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My London Adventure

On May 20th I hopped on a plane at Nashville International Airport. After months of waiting and anticipating, I was finally on my way to London, England. I had been planning this moment since I was a young middle schooler, introverted and quiet, feeling like I didn’t fit in at my school. As a kid, I would research and learn about different destinations, and spend hours dreaming about the

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Abroad in Spain

I studied in Alcala de Henares for the month of June, 2018. Alcala is the home the famous writer Miguel de Cervantes. The city is very proud of this and named a plaza, multiple streets and buildings after him. They have made his home a museum, and it happens to be in the heart of the city. Our campus was also very close to a lot of businesses and

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Un mes en España

  During the summer, I spent a month studying and improving how I understand the Spanish language in Spain. To travel to Spain and enjoy the beauty of the country was a plus for me, but to also be able to be surrounded by people who spoke the language natively and their culture was exceptional. Before I traveled to Spain, my level of speaking and understanding Spanish was at

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The Great Spanish Melting Pot

Now that I’ve returned from the beautiful country of Spain, I can say with all honesty that this trip has changed me in ways I never would have imagined. When I signed up for this study abroad trip to Spain, I really had no expectations as to what my month of classes in this foreign country would be like. I’ve traveled to Europe before, so I thought I knew

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A Balkan Experience

I learned a lot about both business and culture on this trip, and how they intertwine. In Dubrovnik, they told us in the lecture, “Relationship before business” that the residents like to help each other and stick together rather than fend for themselves and rely on riding on others’ coattails. In America, if one advertises a flashy product, Americans will try it. Balkans natives seem more conservative and will

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A Summer in Spain

I have always dreamed of studying abroad and I recently gained the experience of studying abroad in Alcala de Henares. My trip was 4 weeks in Spain, where I took 9 credit hours to contribute to my Spanish minor. During my time abroad, not only did I learn a lot about myself but I learned a lot about how different our culture is from other countries. During my first

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