China: The Finale

Final exams are finished. We officially completed the CET program. Our language pledge is over. The two months of intensive classes are finally done. I’m en route to Pensacola, FL for vacation with my family. But this ending is much less climactic than what I had always imagined. On the days I spent cooped in…

Morocco: Willing To Be Bad at Arabic

I just wanted to buy chocolates for my host family. We needed directions, so we asked for a “chocolatier.” “Toilette?” “CHOC-late” “You want toilette?” “I want CHO-CO-LATE.” After my third technical year of learning Arabic, having conversations that go like this on a daily basis is endlessly frustrating. I think to myself, “When someone pronounced…

Ireland: Week 1 – What’s the Craic?

It’s the first day of my orientation at Arcadia University in the heart of Dublin, Ireland. My five classmates and I walk into the room that will be our classroom for the next four weeks: a tiny room, maybe 12-by-12 ft, with no AC, and only a few small desks. Before the faculty proceeds to introduce…

England: Actually Studying During Study Abroad

Since “study” is half of “study abroad,” it’s important to have an idea of what you’re getting yourself into before you start planning all of your exciting new adventures through Europe. I found the UK system of few assignments and multiple essays a little harder to adjust to, as I’m used to minimal essays and…

A Night In or Out

Classes at AALIM (Arab American Language Institute in Morocco) are intense. The four hours of Modern Standard Arabic every morning, Darija lessons after lunch, and the usual load of homework can really add up. So midway through our first week, I was feeling the heat and I thought it would be fun to take a…

England: Warwick

I’ve been in Reading (pronounced Redding) for almost a full two months now, and I feel like I’m at a home away from home. England is a beautiful country full of history and culture, and truly one of my new favorite places on Earth. I came to England expecting to get experiences I can’t get…

Angers, France : Adapting to French University Life

The time has flown by and here we are at the end of November. Most of this month has been filled with tests and presentations in my various courses. I haven’t talk much about my course schedule here and as it differs greatly from the way class schedules typically work at Ole Miss, describing the…

Dana: First Impressions of South Korea

  My first few days in South Korea definitely exceeded my expectations. Not only have the locals been extremely kind to me, but I can honestly say that I’ve almost experienced more in these past few days than I have experienced in my entire life. First off, as soon as I’d gotten settled into my…

6 Months Already?

Since my last post, I have had the chance to travel around New South Wales, Australia a bit more. A little over two week ago a group of my friends and I headed up the coast to a little beach town called Byron Bay. The town was very eclectic as it had a wide variety…

Argentina: Study Abroad, emphasis on “study”

Hola to all! Apologies for not writing for almost a month, but I have (at least what I think to be) a good excuse! It’s midterm time. Part of what I forget about study abroad is that while I have the opportunity to go on many adventures (which I will update everyone on in another…