Category Archives: Personal Growth

5 Months Can Change Your Life. (Laura Riley)

I’m not entirely sure where to start as I attempt to reflect on the last 5 months that I spent abroad. The experience opened my eyes, built me, and changed me. It was easier than I expected, but at the … Continue reading

Posted in Cultural Adjustment & Culture Shock, Cultural Identity, Cultural Norms, Traditions, & Lifestyles, Personal Growth, SNC Study Abroad | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

50 Days Later (Meredith Moore)

Finally, Salama from Madagascar! I apologize for the extreme delay in beginning this blog. It has permanently resided on my to-do list since my arrival but have not yet found the time or internet speed to actually begin! Bear with … Continue reading

Posted in Classroom Experiences, Cultural Adjustment & Culture Shock, Cultural Norms, Traditions, & Lifestyles, Educational Systems & Experiences, Environmental Sustainability, Festivals, Food, Host Family, Language, Personal Growth, Social Issues, Change, and Policy | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Wandering Thoughts (Alexis Redig)

Original post date: 11 December 2012 While walking home from dinner with a few of my friends tonight I was constantly reminded of the many things I am going to miss when I leave Florence on Saturday. I am so … Continue reading

Posted in Personal Growth | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

I Traveled the Land of Braveheart and Liquid Sunshine by Myself (Allyson Bills)

Dublin airport never looked so nice.  Made it there around 4:00am on Wednesday, November 14th with a lot of time to spare before my 6am flight to Scotland.  But getting to the airport was the real fun.  I walked to the bus station … Continue reading

Posted in Food, Personal Growth, Public Transportation | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Falling in Love (Mary Holz)

Two weekends ago, I spent a weekend on the Dingle Peninsula.  This past weekend, I took a weekend trip around the Ring of Kerry.  If I hadn’t already been so in awe of Ireland already, these two trips would have … Continue reading

Posted in Personal Growth | Tagged | Leave a comment

Different Perspectives (Liam McDonnell)

Studying abroad has made me look at my life in a different perspective. For instance, life in America is far easier than life abroad but that’s not to say that it is better.  Being abroad helped me to improve my … Continue reading

Posted in Personal Growth | Tagged , | Leave a comment

Looking Back (Pat Pederson)

Having had a little while to reflect on my experiences in Europe has allowed me to appreciate the time that I had.  Living in Valencia, Spain and traveling to other parts of Europe (including France and England) opened my eyes … Continue reading

Posted in Cultural Norms, Traditions, & Lifestyles, Personal Growth, Politics | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Ready or Not (Leah Zwiers)

I had started my countdown to go home right around the halfway point. It wasn’t that I was ready to leave, just that I was ready to go home (as if that makes any sense at all). I so badly … Continue reading

Posted in Personal Growth | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Some Great Craic (Kathryn Jamieson)

It is crazy to think that just 3 ½ short months ago I was nervously packing as much as I could into 2 suitcases for a semester abroad. I think studying abroad in Dublin, Ireland was so far one of … Continue reading

Posted in Personal Growth | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Me, Myself, and I (Rob Fulton)

Dear Future ‘Study Abroaders’, I am writing this letter as a warning to all of you.  Actually the word ‘warning’ seems harsh, call it more of an advisement.  If you choose to go abroad, which you definitely should, I would … Continue reading

Posted in Personal Growth | Tagged , | Leave a comment