Japan: Not Quite Paradise

Most Americans (and Westerners, in general) who are interested in travelling hear amazing things about Japan: amazing food, beautiful scenery, polite people, and incredible culture. I’ve been lucky enough over the past two months to experience these things for myself. For example, I went to a world-renowned restaurant for tonkotsu ramen with a fellow American…

Italy: Language Learning

As a student minoring in Italian, one of my focuses this semester has been to strengthen my proficiency in the language. I’m taking an Italian language course while I’m here, but this has only been a part of my education. Here are the places where I have gained most of my everyday knowledge about Italian…

South Korea: The Start of Something New…!

When I first came to South Korea, I felt a little awkward because I am obviously a foreigner here. When I studied abroad in England, no one knew I was from another country until I spoke, but in Korea, people can tell I am a foreigner just by looking at me, and because I look…

First Days as a Capstone Student in Meknes

New to the University of Mississippi’s language programs this last year was the Arabic Department becoming a recognized Arabic Flagship program in the United States. In addition to extra funding and support for the program and its students, gaining Flagship status means that students have available to them the possibility of applying for the Capstone…

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…

Germany: Der Berg Ruft / The Mountain Calls Me to Oberhausen!

I grew up hiking the Appalachian mountains of North Carolina, so when I found out that a town near me had a exhibition about mountains I knew I had to go. Our semester tickets at TU Dortmund let us ride public transportation anywhere in the state North Rhine-Westphalia, which is super cool. One of my…

Italy: Think Small (Reflection)

When I came to Italy, I became an idiot. The first night I arrived, my host sister could hardly eat her spaghetti because she was chuckling so hard at the incorrect way that I twirled my pasta. Over the first days, I said “yes” consistently to questions whose answers were definitely not “yes or no,”…

Germany: Studying Language Abroad

Hello! If you’re studying abroad, you’re most likely going to be studying the language of your chosen country unless you have a special program or are fluent. Since week 2 here in Tübingen has been a little slow, meaning I’ve been in classes every day and not traveling very much, I thought I could write about…

So You Want to Go to France

When I was a little girl, I dreamed of meandering through the streets of la Ville Lumière while nibbling on a baguette, people watching while I sipped tea in an outdoor café in rural France, and meeting the love of my life in the Musée d’Orsay in front of a Van Gogh painting. While my…

Dana: Yeouido

So far, I have been a student in South Korea for almost 2 months, and I have yet to experience any form of boredom. My all time favorite place to visit at the moment is Yeouido, more specifically, the  Han River. Every single time that I have visited Yeouido, I had so much fun that…

Dana: Never a Dull Moment

I have been in South Korea for exactly three weeks now, and I have not experienced any semblance of boredom whatsoever. Experiencing Seoul as an exchange student at Korea University is great, because there is always something to do, outside of studying of course. What stands out the most about Korea for me is definitely…