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Maria Bell | Exeter, England | Post 4

Maria Bell | Exeter, England | Post 4

Featured Image: On a walk along the Jurassic Coast in northern Devon with Exeter’s Outdoors Society As the vast majority of Vassar students studying abroad last term are settling back in at Vassar, I’ve returned to the eccentricities of life in southwest England. Coming back to a place that is both still foreign and also home produced a mix bag of emotions—it was harder than I imagined watching my friends reunite in the comfortable familiarity of Vassar’s bubble as I…

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Kimberly Nguyen | Exeter, England | Post 5

Kimberly Nguyen | Exeter, England | Post 5

 Featured Image: Throwback to my *very first* trip to Stonehenge. It seems like just yesterday I arrived in England with no luggage and no money, yet those first days have already become faded blurs in my memory, replaced by much better memories during my time here. I can’t wait to go home and I can’t bear to leave all at the same time. I have yet to pack up my room, and I have yet to finish my final assignments…

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Maria Bell | Exeter, England | Post 3

Maria Bell | Exeter, England | Post 3

Featured Image: Looking towards The Coffee Cellar and other shops set into the bank by the river in Exeter. So my fall semester at the University of Exeter has come to an end! Unlike for many other Vassar students studying abroad, my end of term didn’t come with a sense of finality. Rather it brought with it the feeling that I have slowly built a foundation for myself, a launching point for next term when I return to England. There is…

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Kimberly Nguyen | Exeter, England | Post 4

Kimberly Nguyen | Exeter, England | Post 4

Featured Image: My friends like this photo the most and sometimes you just have to trust your friends. “And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.” ― Anaïs Nin You and your friends have been planning for this day since you’ve met. You’ve had your dress since October and you’ve been learning how to contour for a month. Your bronzer is new and so is…

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Maria Bell | Exeter, England | Post 2

Maria Bell | Exeter, England | Post 2

Featured Image: “Barrel Roller” hoisting the flaming tar barrel onto the next carrier’s back There’s nothing quite like watching a large wooden barrel on fire charging straight at you. That’s what my JYA experience has taught me. One of the perks of study abroad is being able to experience other countries’ holidays and celebrations. Studying in the UK, that means you get Guy Fawkes Day, also known as Bonfire Night. In 1605, catholic Guy Fawkes and his cohort attempted to…

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Kimberly Nguyen | Exeter, England | Post 3

Kimberly Nguyen | Exeter, England | Post 3

Featured Image: The sun setting on St. James’s Park. “These fragments I have shored against my ruins” -T.S. Eliot These past few weeks have gone by in a blur as winter begins to slowly creep in and settle.  The semester is beginning its downward descent towards an end.  I can feel everything, even the weather, reaching towards a finish line I pray never comes. I swear that nostalgia is a side effect of autumn because I have spent days wandering…

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Maria Bell | Exeter, England | Post 1

Maria Bell | Exeter, England | Post 1

Featured Image: Early morning in rural England While making plans to meet up with a friend from Vassar in London, it dawned on me that I was about to spend time with another American student for the first time since my first few days in Exeter. My study abroad experience has been a rather quirky one—I am not in a large metropolis, nor am I part of an established program of other Americans. Back at Vassar, I had my people…

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Kimberly Nguyen | Exeter, England | Post 2

Kimberly Nguyen | Exeter, England | Post 2

Featured image: Finally made it to Stonehenge after finding a field of cows instead. “That is part of the beauty of all literature. You discover that your longings are universal longings, that you’re not lonely and isolated from anyone. You belong.” -F. Scott Fitzgerald My mother tried to teach me how to belong.  She taught me to compromise, to be silent to avoid conflict, to pick battles wisely or preferably not at all.  She said that sometimes we have to force…

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Morgan Strunsky | Exeter, England | Post 1

Morgan Strunsky | Exeter, England | Post 1

As I scrambled to finish packing my bags the night before I was scheduled to depart for Exeter, England (procrastination helps to settle my nerves), I had some time to reflect on my impending adventure. I was set to achieve two personal milestones: one immediate, the other more long-term. To begin, I had never traveled alone, and the next day’s journey promised to be the globetrotting equivalent of joining the Polar Bear Club as a means of learning how to…

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Kelsey Quinn | York, England | Post 2

Kelsey Quinn | York, England | Post 2

York is an amazing city. It’s not massive, but it is a beautiful northern English town that is always buzzing. I can’t get enough of the cobblestone roads and the cute shops, and I think I could live here forever. It just has personality. I’m learning a lot of things in England, with perhaps the most egregious being that what the English call “lemonade” is basically Sprite. I can forgive that, though, because I’m only here temporarily. The only thing…

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