Why I Chose England and Study Abroad

Hey guys! I can’t believe I’ve been in England for 3 months already, it still feels like I just got here last week. Today I wanted to tell you guys about my reasons for choosing the University of Reading and study abroad in general. While I wasn’t actually born in Mississippi, I’ve lived there in…

Me: An Introduction

Hey y’all! My name is Madison Bickert, and I’m a double major in International Studies and German at Ole Miss! I’m from Corinth, Mississippi and I’m 21 years old. This semester I’m studying abroad in Jena, Germany. I enjoy sketching, reading, and cooking. I have a ton of tips and tricks on studying abroad and…

Homesickness in a Foreign Country

Homesickness is rough— especially when you are thousands of miles away from home. Everyone always talks about the glamour of studying abroad, but no one ever seems to mention the times they miss home. Here are some tips that have helped me when all I’ve wanted to do is curl up in my bed at…

Lunch with a Jordanian Family

Every Saturday my roommate Jordan and I teach English to a group of middle school students. Last week, one of the girls invited Jordan and me to have lunch at her house. One day after class, we went to the girl’s house. We met her mother, her older sister, and four of her brothers (yes,…

Hawaii: Semester at Sea

Our first port was HAWAII and after the first week at sea, I was eager to get on steady land again. Semester at Sea has class everyday on the ship so our only “weekends” or breaks is our time at land. Hawaii was the first test to see how I would respond to the idea of…

How to order at a restaurant in Italy like a local

It’s no secret that Italian cuisine is some of the best in the world. Prior to studying abroad in Italy this semester, I have never been to Europe. I was naïve enough to believe that restaurant etiquette and the experience would be similar to that of America. I was clearly very wrong. In this post…

Aqaba

I finally got to cross going to Aqaba off my bucket list! The director of our program took my class (my roommate, another girl, and me) after class on a Wednesday. After a long five-hour drive, we ate at an authentic Jordanian restaurant. I ordered mansaf, which is a traditional dish of chicken and rice…

How to experience Munich on a budget

Munich is a unique destination with strong cultural and historical traditions. The city is large and has much to offer. However, it is absolutely possible to see a lot of what Munich has to offer in just two days time. Luckily the city is also rather affordable to visit when planned the right way. I’ll…

Suite Life on Deck: Life at Sea

I’m sure we’ve all seen or at least heard of the popular TV Show, “Suite Life on Deck,” which has unbelievably transformed into my every day life. The Semester at Sea program is a floating campus that sails nearly in a full circle around the world, starting in San Diego, CA and ending in Hamburg, Germany….