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SHAWCO and classes

Filed in Blog, Smith Family Scholarship, South Africa by on August 28, 2014 0 Comments
SHAWCO and classes

I am almost half way through the study abroad experience and so far everything has been amazing! Besides the beautiful scenery and the amazing places to hike (Lion’s Head Mountain, etc.), the culture and the people are great. Classes started about six weeks ago and it has been interesting learning in a new context. Also, I have […]

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In anticipation of the journey to Jordan

Filed in Blog, Jordan by on August 27, 2014 0 Comments

Four days. This is all I have to spare until my life-changing journey to Amman, Jordan, begins. It still hasn’t hit me yet and I feel sort of stuck in this bubble, separated from my friends who have already begun their studies at MU while I am just sitting here, doing practically anything besides the […]

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One month already?

Filed in Blog, Smith Family Scholarship, South Africa by on August 20, 2014 0 Comments
One month already?

So I’ve officially been in Cape Town for a little over a month now! Time is really flying and I’ve started to settle in and make this city my home. The first two weeks here were crazy and my schedule was jampacked with tours of campus and the city, and orientation talks about things like safety, […]

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I would arrive to a new country when nothing is open…

Filed in Blog, France, Smith Family Scholarship by on August 20, 2014 0 Comments
I would arrive to a new country when nothing is open…

Today I arrived in Lyon, France, after 20 hours of flights and layovers. Definitely not the ideal flight day, but the layovers did give me a lot of time to find my gate in the airport. This gave me lots of time to think, read and do almost nothing. These are not necessarily the most […]

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My first month studying abroad

Filed in Blog, Smith Family Scholarship, South Africa by on August 1, 2014 1 Comment
My first month studying abroad

When I first decided to study abroad in Cape Town, South Africa, I wasn’t sure what to expect. I was an excited and nervous ball of energy. During the departure phase, it was difficult to say goodbye to my friends, family and boyfriend. I knew that this experience would change my life, though, and this belief […]

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The three P’s: Post-return reflections

Filed in Blog, United Kingdom by on August 1, 2014 0 Comments

The moment has come for my final bulleted list of a blog post: a bulleted list in which I will attempt to essentialize my entire study abroad experience in a short list of abbreviated thoughts. This is the ultimate test in profound bullet-pointing, and I vow to give my utmost effort as a bullet-pointer to delivering this […]

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Welcome to Cape Town!

Filed in Blog, Smith Family Scholarship, South Africa by on August 1, 2014 1 Comment

I am currently sitting in my bedroom in an apartment in Cape Town, South Africa, approximately 8,600 miles away from my home and the University of Missouri…. so how did I get here? I started my journey to South Africa what seems like weeks ago, but in actuality was just about two days ago. On […]

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Finality

I did it. I survived five months in a foreign country halfway around the world and made it home safe and sound. Twelve countries, 22 flights, 12 train rides, lots of walking and countless bus rides took me on the most amazing journey of my life. While the last two days of travel and the process […]

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Reflecting back and looking forward

Filed in Blog, Spain by on June 19, 2014 0 Comments

Well, I’ve come full circle. I’m writing this post from good ole’ English speaking, baseball cheering, hot dog eating Missouri. It’s amazing to be surrounded by my friends from home and all the great familiar things (normal tasting ketchup, ice water, my car, Chipotle), but there is a huge piece of my heart that didn’t quite make […]

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Norway

Filed in Blog, Norway, United Kingdom by on June 18, 2014 0 Comments
Norway

Norway was number one on my list of places outside of the U.K. that I wanted to visit and my other top choice for study abroad, so it was with no small amount of anticipation that I left Lancaster to go there last week. I flew up with my Australian friend Maja and we met up […]

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