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Community health in Costa Rica

Community health in Costa Rica

by Alexandra L. Over winter break, I spent two weeks immersing myself in the lifestyle and culture of Costa Rica for a study abroad trip with the Sinclair School of Nursing. I was able to stay with an amazing homestay family and practice my Spanish speaking skills as well as learn about the country’s healthcare, […]

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Top 10 things in London

Top 10 things in London

by Fatima J. 1. Take a picture with a red telephone booth. 2. Have a thali at Masala Zone 3. Buy flowers from Columbia Road Flowers Market. 4. Spot the London Eye. 5. Find the Redemption Wings in Shoreditch. 6. Develop an obsession for Korean food at Jihwaja. 7. Be fancy at Sketch tea room. […]

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Another version of StrengthsQuest?

by Chelsey H. In my internship seminar course in London, we were assigned to take an assessment similar to the infamous StrengthsQuest. I have never considered how my own personal attitudes and behaviors aligned with my current work placement and my future career goals until taking the self-assessment from the Cultural Analysis Toolkit. Not only […]

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Moments only meaningful me

Moments only meaningful me

by Alexis H. I overstayed my program in Spain and yet it still seems too short. I have not even been in the United States long enough to discover if reverse culture shock is a thing. My guess is it is a term used for us who have fallen in love with a country and […]

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La vie en rose

by Fatima J. People often say living abroad changes you. I never really understood to full extent what that meant until my internship abroad this summer in London. Prior to coming to London, I was beyond excited to come here and get away from everything. I did not think about how much of an adjustment […]

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Hey Mom, I made some bibimbap and got married!

Hey Mom, I made some bibimbap and got married!

by Alice Y. I was never one to believe horoscopes, but I guess the stars just had it that I was meant to be married off during the first cultural trip of the Chonnam National University International summer session. Well, not necessarily the stars, but more the weather; due to inclement weather and heavy rains […]

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My first time abroad!

My first time abroad!

by Chelsey H. I underestimated the cultural gap I would experience my first week in London. I never knew how common tea was in the workplace even though my advisers discussed it during orientation. “You have to make the tea just right,” they stressed. I think that scared everyone in the room. Every day I’m […]

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You had me at pizza

You had me at pizza

by Abigail P. Studying abroad in Florence was easily one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. I am studying at Florence University of the Arts (through a provider called SAI) and on top of studying, they gave us so many free extracurricular things to do and really showed us the city. By far, my […]

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The bucket list

The bucket list

by Addison L. As study abroad with CIEE comes to an end, I can’t help but quantify all of the experiences that this opportunity has helped me to cross off of my bucket list. I spent Valentine’s Day under the Eiffel Tower at night with the twinkling lights in Paris, ate a waffle in Brussels, […]

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Sip & Wonder

Sip & Wonder

by Alexis H. If you have ever watched the infamous sitcom “Friends,” then you are more than familiar with their Central Perk hangout spot. You know, the coffee shop where Rachel brews horrible coffee, that has the manager, Gunther. Where the gang meets up all the time to poke fun, gossip and never needs to […]

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