A Shift in Perspective

Throughout my time at Rollins, my experience as a college student has always felt quite different from that of my fellow peers. I still stand by the decision my parents and I jointly made to have me commute to school as opposed to paying an extra $7,000 per semester, but I will admit that it…

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Seeking Difference and Discovering Similarity

Throughout my travels around Europe, I had the pleasure of exploring various countries and cities with their own unique cultures, languages, and histories. It was quite mind-blowing to overlook Paris atop the Eiffel Tower one moment and find myself dancing in a five-story nightclub in Prague the next but at the end of the day,…

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Till Our Next Adventure, London

Prior towards embarking on my study abroad experience in London, I never realised the stark cultural difference that my southern, American-born identity would have in my perception of London. As I now sit in the comfort of my home, I am struck by how one’s identity can greatly impact their experience in another environment with…

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Updates from Ireland

Coming up on my last weeks at Maynooth and Ireland, I am so sad for it all to be be coming to an end. As much as I miss my family and friends (and spiced food), being abroad has been an amazing, eye-opening experience that I will savor until its gone and long after its…

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What I gained from my time in Buenos Aires

One of my biggest fears about coming back from abroad is that I wouldn’t be able to fit back into my life here- and let me tell you that this is the furthest from the truth. A lot has happened since I have been gone, but I realized that I didn’t have to be physically…

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Long Live Aussie

Wow, what an amazing five months I have experienced. I have just landed in Orlando, and what I am feeling is unexplainable. I am happy that I am home with my family, but part of me remains saddened that I have left such a beautiful continent. This experience has been very life changing in many…

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Second Month in Rome

By now, it has been two months since I first arrived. Now I know how to speak a little bit of Italian, I’ve been taking Italian classes every school day. I am able to communicate at the restaurant and at the supermarket and I am able to understand most of what I read. I know…

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First Month in Rome

It has been a month in Rome. I have been living with 5 roommates which I get along with very well. This month has been very cool, I have visited all the the historic monuments in Rome which are extraordinary. My life style has changed a bit from what I’m used to, I have a…

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Pre departure for Study Abroad in Rome

I have lived in the Caribbean all of my life, bouncing between the Islands of St. Maarten and Puerto Rico.   Interacting with Hispanic, French and Dutch citizens has allowed me to develop a culturally diverse identity.  Moving to Winter Park proved to be a challenging experience.   Campus life proved to be intellectually exciting, but socially,…

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