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Month: October 2016

Kayla Miron | Prague, Czech Republic | Post 2

Kayla Miron | Prague, Czech Republic | Post 2

At age nine I once crawled into my mother’s bed crying because I didn’t know what I was the best at. Everyone else had their thing, I said. My brothers made movies. My cousins made music. She told me that I was a dancer; I told her that the other kids were better. She told me I was an artist; I disagreed. Eventually she told me that my thing, the thing I was best at, was that I could put…

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Katie Nordstrom | Clifden, Ireland | Post 2

Katie Nordstrom | Clifden, Ireland | Post 2

Studying abroad in Clifden during the fall semester involves an extra perk: The Clifden Arts Festival! The little town becomes transformed as the population doubles due to the influx of tourists. Regular school curriculum gets pushed aside by opportunities to meet with world-renowned poets, musicians, and artists. It is honestly refreshing how much the educational system here values the arts. This year was the 39th anniversary of the festival, which was actually started by my internship director, Brenda Flynn. Due…

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Matt Stein | London, England | Post 2

Matt Stein | London, England | Post 2

I’ve almost been in Jolly old England for a month and yet it feels like an eternity. That’s the thing about big cities. You spend a week or so in one and then consider yourself a native. For various obvious reasons, I’m not quite a Londoner, and one of those is this American accent that seems to follow me everywhere. In nearly every conversation I have at a café or a tube station, it takes the other person a few…

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Jennifer Williams | Cairo, Egypt | Post 2

Jennifer Williams | Cairo, Egypt | Post 2

If only the walls could talk… In the famous museum of Cairo and the ancient temples along the Nile from Luxor to Aswan, not to mention all the other archeological oases, I can only imagine the millions of stories the walls could share. Yet, the tale they would tell today would undoubtedly be the lack of people appreciating the wall’s history. Within my first minutes in the Egyptian Museum in Cairo, I looked at some of the earliest samples of…

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Ngoc Duong | Beijing, China | Post 1

Ngoc Duong | Beijing, China | Post 1

After two weeks visiting my home in Saigon, Vietnam, one day before my departure for Beijing I had to admit that I was not ready, and even scared. Having spent a summer in Shanghai right before my exchange at Yuanpei College, Peking University (PKU), I thought I wouldn’t feel too nervous, as I was confident that I already knew how most things in China work, from traveling on public transportation, to ordering food in a restaurant, to asking for directions…

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Jennifer Pineda | Bremen, Germany | Post 2

Jennifer Pineda | Bremen, Germany | Post 2

The great thing about studying abroad is the new places and people you meet. The bad thing about traveling abroad is that if you don’t know the language, you end up wandering aimlessly for a month trying to figure out basic language skills. For example, try saying “Welche sprachen sprechen Sie?” three times in a row. Despite initial language barriers, I feel somewhat integrated into the German lifestyle. The last month in Germany has exposed me to new experiences and…

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