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Confessions of a Study Abroad Student

Sitting in an American classroom with a French textbook can only do so much.  Sure, it provides the base to succeed once abroad, but touching down on French soil is an entirely different experience.  I worked in Toulouse, France last summer and love learning to travel deeper, but have never experienced a traditional study abroad… Continue reading Confessions of a Study Abroad Student

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How History Enhances Your Travel Experience

Strolling along the Seine and savoring a croissant buttered with Nutella in Paris is a dream for many, but Diana Stegall made her hope of living in Paris a reality.  Her love of France budded during her study abroad experience in 2009 as a “googly-eyed” college girl with dreams of the Eiffel Tower in her… Continue reading How History Enhances Your Travel Experience

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3 Tips to Travel Journal like a Pro

No more excuses: I’m too tired, I’m not a writer, it’s boring, I don’t want to.  Whether or not you enjoy writing, travel journaling allows you to experience your trip on a deeper level—and remember it later.  That being said, it can be tricky to simply begin the habit.  Here are 3 tips to travel… Continue reading 3 Tips to Travel Journal like a Pro

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9 Things I Learned From My Summer Abroad

Nutella, chocolate macaroons and café au lait.  I tasted 'em all during my summer in Toulouse, France.  But beyond the good eats and stunning sights, I took in many lessons from this time abroad, ones I'll hold close to my heart for years to come.  Here are nine things I learned from my summer abroad:… Continue reading 9 Things I Learned From My Summer Abroad

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The Toxicity of Comparison

“Soon, very soon,” I’d tell myself every time I’d scroll through Instagram.  Friends studying abroad posted glamorous photos of their travels in places all over the world from England to Greece.  My cluttered desk with a plastic bag of dirt underneath (don’t ask) along with stray Cheerios that hadn’t made it to the trash can… Continue reading The Toxicity of Comparison

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Why Living Abroad Isn’t Perfect

A summer in France?  Ugh, I’m so jealous!  You’re going to have so much fun!  My summer is so boring compared to yours!  Yes, I’m #blessed to be spending three months in such a beautiful country with a rich culture, but I’m going to let you in on a little secret: it’s not perfect. I… Continue reading Why Living Abroad Isn’t Perfect

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How to Make a House a Home While Living Abroad

The expat life looks glamorous with its exotic culture and foreign foods, but there’s something to say for familiarity and known.  Living abroad may include a host of new experiences and exciting adventures, but it’s important to create a “homey” space in your apartment or house while living abroad for any amount of time. This… Continue reading How to Make a House a Home While Living Abroad

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How to Pack for a Summer in France

It's only three months, but at the same time, it's three freakin' months!  Packing for a summer abroad can be both harder and easier than just a week-long vacation.  What can I buy once I arrive?  What can I not live without for three months?  Will I even know where to buy nail polish remover… Continue reading How to Pack for a Summer in France