South Korea: Make the Most of it!

I just finished my first full week of classes, and it was a little tiring but also really fun! Because my program counts for 6 hours of Korean, and it only lasts for four weeks, we have many hours of Korean everyday. Most days we have four hours of classes, but somedays, there are an…

England: May Days #2

May is soon over and I have only one final exam left. I can’t believe that in less than 20 days, I’ll be heading back home. The month of exams and preparation: The exams here are really different from the ones in Oxford. The two exams I took this past week were in an auditorium…

England: May Days #1

We are now halfway through May and the weather has somewhat warmed up. There are very chilly days and the casual “great day for a picnic” days as well. UK weather is something that I do not think I will ever be able to get used to, but it has also helped me appreciate sunny…

The Best Way to Learn a Language

Ha! Gotcha! This may be a little bit of clickbait, but I definitely learned a lot from my parents coming to visit Bilbao for a week. And, don’t worry, I will share some of the things that I learned at the end of the article. For their spring break, my parents decided to come to…

England: Step 0 – Be Prepared

Days before leaving for England, I was very nervous about what to pack and how I was going to reach my new dorm. I searched various sites and tried to watch as many videos as I could to help me be more prepared for my travel to Europe. So, I made a list. I would…

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…