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As my final weeks abroad are coming to a close, I decided to write a letter-of-sorts to future exchange students to share all that I've learned during my experience and to give a little bit of advice, here it is: Dear Study Abroad Student, Congratulations! You've decided to commit to... Continue reading
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It's been a little while, but I promise I had a good excuse. My real parents came to visit me for the week and we traveled around Spain! They ate lunch with me and my host family twice, and had a parent-teacher conference with my tutor, which I awkwardly had... Continue reading
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Finally, some pictures! I had a great weekend (though, granted, it isn't quite over yet). On Friday, I went out with a large group of friends to a neighboring town, where we hung out and got dinner. It was really fun to feel like an integrated part of a social... Continue reading
As my friend Parker so wisely said in her last blog post, when it comes down to it, we are all really exchange students, meaning that school takes up a fair amount of our time and brain-space. Given this, I thought I might share a couple of thoughts included in... Continue reading
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It's holiday season here in Spain, and although I normally associate this time of year with cold, which makes it a little weird to be walking by Christmas trees in 60 degree weather, it's really beautiful. There are fake trees in pretty much every major square, and they turned on... Continue reading
Sorry it's been a little while! I've spent the last few weeks getting comfortable in my new family, saying goodbye to all of the trimester kids who are heading back to the States in less than a week, studying for exams, and marathoning the new season of Gilmore Girls. The... Continue reading
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I just got back from my second (and final) trip through CIEE. It was incredible! I had never been to Africa before, and although Morocco is obviously not representative of an entire continent, it is representative enough to be considered the 5th continent I've visited, which means I only have... Continue reading
I know, I know. It seems like you heard from me yesterday. Well, I have important news: I switched host families! Although I didn't mention it here, I'd been thinking about it for awhile, and I want to talk about why and how it came to pass. I had a... Continue reading
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I can already tell that this is going to be an incredibly cheesy post, and I've only written the title. I've been thinking a lot recently about the importance of friendships-creating them, balancing them, and maintaining them. Right now, my friends are divided into three distinct categories. There are my... Continue reading
I've been living in Spain for almost 7 weeks now, so I've noticed the things that people here always comment on about my appearance and manner. They've been actually pretty unexpected, so I thought I would share. Here are the top 5 things that make Spanish people give me a... Continue reading
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There's a little something called the Study Abroad 15. It's similar to the Freshman 15, which, if you aren't familiar with, is the 15 pounds every college freshman supposedly gains due to their sudden freedom regarding food. The Study Abroad 15 isn't because of freedom, rather the largely meat and... Continue reading
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I just got back from my weekend trip with CIEE to Granada. It was great, but seeing as a bunch of people (including one of my roommates) were sick, it was to be expected that I'm staying home from school today. So, right now it is 11 am on Monday... Continue reading
"How different can America and Spain really be?" I asked myself as I filled out my application to go abroad. "How different can America and Spain really be?" I asked myself as I packed my bags before leaving. "How different can America and Spain really be?" I asked myself as... Continue reading
Today marks the end of my third week (yes, third already!) in Spain. That means that I've learned more about the weather and style here. It also means that I've reached the point where I would like to send approximately one third of my clothes back to the states, but... Continue reading
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Hey there. Sorry it's been awhile. I've been very busy with school and feeling like I've finally settled in. I'm starting to feel like I can be myself here. How do I know? Well, I no longer I feel like I need to announce every time I'm going upstairs, or... Continue reading
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I made it through my first week of school! Normally, I wouldn't consider that a major accomplishment, as it is something that I've done 11 times before, but this, being in a language I don't know and with people I don't know, was much harder than any other first week... Continue reading
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Yesterday, I, with 27 people I had met only two days prior (but already felt like I knew very well) boarded a train in Madrid. The train, called "Ave", is a high speed train (averaging about 14o km/h) and our trip to Sevilla, one that would take upwards of six... Continue reading
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As I write this, the clock on my computer is slowly ticking closer and closer to midnight. Normally, this would not be a big deal, but this midnight, the start of Wednesday, September 14th, 2016, is a very big deal. Why? When my clock hits midnight tonight (in 23 minutes),... Continue reading
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Aug 25, 2016