Monthly Archives: January 2019

A Land of Unicorns and Fairies

Going somewhere you have never been, where everyone is a stranger, into a culture of unknown is the best way to understand the roots of who you are. I took the plunge on my own into the small town of Stirling, Scotland fall 2018. My first impression of Scotland was awe. I was alone, with luggage that weighed more than two of me. My flat was located at the

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Once in a Lifetime in Thailand

  Fall of 2018 I studied abroad in Bangkok, Thailand with a study abroad program called International Studies Abroad (ISA). It was the best and most life-changing experience of my life. From pushing my boundaries, going to the other side of the world, and immersing myself in a culture that I have never had any exposure to, I was able to adapt to an uncomfortable situation and make it

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Four Continents in Four Months

For my study abroad program, I chose an International Honors Program through the School for International Training that traveled to San Francisco, California; Kampala Uganda; Delhi, India; and São Paulo, Brazil. The focus of this program was to do a cross-cultural study on social innovation and social entrepreneurship, and to research how the field of social entrepreneurship was developing differently in each country. To do this, we took classes

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Reflecting on London

Studying abroad was the best decision I have ever made. I spent the fall semester in London, England with AIFS. The program placed me in Richmond University, a small campus within a lovely part of Kensington. Having left home all by myself, I was surprised at how easy it was to make friends. From the very first day, the Richmond and AIFS staff brought me and my classmates together

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Peru: An Impactful Experience

  I selected the study abroad trip to Peru because South America has always been on my list of places to visit. While traveling abroad, I truly feel as if I learned what I initially intended to learn and so much more that I had not anticipated learning. After reading about the business climate in this country, I felt as if I had a healthy grasp on what it

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An Unconventional Semester Abroad

This past fall, I had the amazing privilege of spending my semester across the globe, living, learning, and growing in the North Indian state of Uttarkhand with the National Outdoor Leadership School (usually called NOLS). With NOLS, myself and nine other students learned about the culture, history, ecology, and geography of India, all while backpacking, whitewater rafting, and experiencing the natural beauty the country has to offer. With NOLS, I earned twelve hours

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Chilling in Chile

It was difficult to have many expectations before choosing to study abroad. I had a lot of questions beforehand like: what would the food be like? What would my homestay family be like? Would I just want to go home? But each google search only brought more questions. Finally, I decided to just make the leap. I chose the SIT Cultural Identity, Social Justice, and Community Development fall semester

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Migration Study in Mexico

I chose to study abroad with the School for International Training (SIT), for the first semester of their Mexico: Migration, Borders, and Transnational Communities program. The intent of the program was to engage with migratory theory in the classroom, migratory experience within communities, and migratory work or research during the independent period at the end of the semester. This type of educational opportunity spoke to me personally, as I

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Around Peru in Eight Days

In December, 2018 I visited Peru through the International Business Experience course at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga (UTC). Traveling to Peru I knew we would be visiting other businesses; however, I did not realize the educational experience that would accompany it. Our first visit was to the American Chamber of Commerce of Peru which works to further develop the free market system in Peru as well as

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Life Changing Experiences in India

In coming back from a semester based in Delhi, India with program SIT Study Abroad, the incredible difference in cultures and people strikes me off guard. The face of consumerism and a separate world look me in the eye as I drive out of the airport and back to my home in Memphis, Tennessee. Delhi was an enormous city with some 20 million people living there. The city was rich with history, sights

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