England: Packing!!

Hello! I now only have one more final left to take, and then, in a few weeks I will officially be leaving Leeds! I feel like I have been in Leeds for a long time, but now that it is almost time to leave, it feels like it is ending so soon! Even though I…

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: Making Friends

When I was thinking about studying abroad, I was really nervous about not being able to make friends. Now that I am abroad, I see that there are many opportunities to make friends. When I first got to Leeds, there was a week of events for international students to meet each other and become friends…

England: Weekend Traveling

Recently, I went on a weekend trip with my friends to the Scottish Highlands!! We explored Glasgow, the highland mountains, Loch Ness, and Urquhart castle! The trip was put together by an organization called CityLife that arranges trips around the UK and Europe. So for this blog, I will talk about some of the pros…

Five Tips and Tricks to Traveling Abroad for the First Time

Before this excursion to Spain, I had never spent an extended period of time outside of the United States. Here are some of tips and tricks that I think all first timers should use. Hey there Rebels at home! This one goes out to those of you all getting ready to go abroad. I am…

England: Traveling Part 2

Hi, it’s Katelyn! This post will be about my arrival in London and travel to Leeds! I traveled to London with my friend Kyra, and after our 8 1/2 hour flight, we arrived in London at 11 in the morning. Before our flight landed, flight attendants asked passengers whether they needed a “landing card.” I…

England: Traveling Part 1

Hello! My name is Katelyn Tuck, and I am a junior linguistics major who is currently studying abroad in Leeds, England. Two of my friends, Kyra and Lucy, and I all came to Leeds to study abroad together. Kyra and Lucy are also bloggers on this website, so be sure to check out their blogs…

England: Adjusting

My phone began to act weird during my first days here. It may have been because the model I use is about 3 years old or it just has a glitch. As I settled into my new room, I decided to charge my phone. Surprisingly, it charged very quickly. However, when I began to use…

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…

Morocco: The Best 10 Things I Packed

1. The Sandals These deserve to go first because I love them so much. They’re Skechers (easy on the wallet) They feel like a yoga mat They’re light I can work for 8 hours or walk for 12 hours in them They match everything Airport security is a breeze! 2. The Hand Wipes / Makeup…