How to Vote Abroad: Don’t be that American that has to tell your foreign friends that you LET Trump win.

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Ok lets be honest, the current state of affairs that is being called the race for the next President of the United States has become a dark joke. Memes flood the Internet mocking the candidates, and debates have become more ‘entertaining’ than reality tv. As funny as this lighthearted attitude seems to be, what the voter turnout numbers are saying about democrats in the current primaries are less humorous than a Fox News broadcast. For all the anti-Trump rhetoric that I see daily on my Facebook I wonder why in the world are the poll numbers so low Democratic (or anyone but Trump) America! Continue reading

Maastricht: The First Pillar of The European Union

 

Most people I know of who think of traveling to  Holland The Netherlands are talking about traveling to Amsterdam. The Anne Frank House, Van Gogh Museum, Red Light District, and Coffee Shops are huge tourist destinations. Almost every University student studying abroad makes it a priority to visit this city famous for debauchery. While Amsterdam is a must see , if you want to step off the beaten path and delve into the history and culture of the Netherlands, as well as escape the hordes of tourists, Maastricht is a must see. Continue reading

Cheat Sheet To Choosing A Study Abroad Program

Half the fun of any journey is in the preparation! This is so relevant to planning for your time studying abroad. I would suggest you start seriously daydreaming about your semester (or year) abroad far in advance. What country do you want to study in? What city? What do you want to accomplish? Do you want to live with a host family? Where do you want to travel to? So head over to your study abroad office, grab a stack of brochures, and get ready to google hours of your life away searching for your perfect program. Continue reading

10 Tips For Studying Abroad

1.Pick a Program

Choices, choices everywhere. The best advice I can give is to choose your program wisely, make sure it is what you want, and try to push the boundaries of your comfort zone. Check out my ‘Cheat Sheet’ To Choosing a Study Abroad Program here!

2. Scholarships

Apply for them! Many schools, honor societies, even study abroad programs have scholarships specifically for students who want to study abroad. Ask your study abroad advisor, and your schools financial aid office if they know of any specific scholarships. Continue reading

My head first leap into TAPIF

TAPIF, or the Teaching Assistant Program in France is a cultural exchange program organized by the French Ministry of Education, Centre International D’Études Pedagogiques (CIEP), and the Cultural Services of the French Embassy. It is a whirlwind seven month experience in which native english speakers can live and work in France as an assitant de launge etranger (foreign language assistant). For seven months you are paid a modest wage for working 12 hours a week with (usually) adorable French children.

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From Girl Scout Cookies To Twenty Years on The Trail

Oh, the Appalachian Trail. Some people know it as 2,160 miles from Springer Mountain, Georgia to Mt. Katahdin, Maine. The 2,663 mile Pacific Crests little sister holds a special place in my heart and my love affair with this trail started with…Girl Scout cookies

When I was old enough to start gathering patches on my Brownies sash, I quickly realized that going door to door selling cookies was not what I envisioned the girls version of Boy Scouts to be.I didn’t want to learn how to sew, be a sales person, or camp in a (electricity provided) cabin! I wanted to learn survival skills, how to tie intricate nots, and pee in the woods! Luckily my parents saw my disappointment and took matters into their own hands. At age 10 I donned a pair of sneakers, a backpack, and a thirst for the outdoors and embarked on my first long weekend ‘section hike’ on the Appalachian Trail. Continue reading

London in a Day

I have been dreaming about visiting London for as long as I can remember. It has been a destination on my bucket list from the time I first heard The Beatles, and cemented its place with the first Shaksperean play I read in high school. (A Midsummer Night’s  Dream being my all time favorite). Being on a shoestring budget I had been hesitant to commit to a trip to what most Europeans refer to as a very expensive city (yes the pound is worth more than the euro and MUCH more than the dollar). Continue reading