Learning Paris

My semester abroad in Paris, France was an unforgettable experience that I love to talk about with anyone who will listen. However, while the first few days went by in a complete blur, the things I learned during the early stages of my time abroad had a strong effect on the rest of the trip.  As a girl who both grew up and went to college in the state of Alabama, Paris was a huge adjustment for me.

There is SO Much More


When I first decided to study abroad, I had no idea that I would absorb so much from the experience. Getting involved with CEA has helped me with my résumé, communication skills, and my passion for travel.

Before the Tarmac: Studying Abroad

Studying abroad will be a rewarding experience, but more goes into pre-departure planning than just what goes in your suitcase. Once abroad, you’ll want to focus on relaxing (and studying of course!), so it’s worth making careful preparations in advance to avoid being caught off-guard. Here are three “before you go” tasks you can’t afford to forget.

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A Glimpse into Tico Culture

My conscience has been exposed to a different perspective on what it means to be American. Here in the United States, I’m used to “American” meaning a nationality bounded within the barriers of this country, but as I traveled south of the U.S., I was reminded that the term defines numerous other languages and nations, including Costa Rica.

Flyin' Solo


Solo traveling is the most exhausting, frustrating, and difficult thing that I have ever done.

Just this morning, I was trying to catch a train in Portugal from Porto to Lisbon. Now, this wouldn't be too frustrating except for the fact that I was carrying my backpack with seven weeks’ worth of stuff. Additionally, multiple people yelled at me in Portuguese, the first group for a reason I still don't know.