Breaking Up With Your Semester Abroad

It was love at first sight, a whirlwind adventure.  It was long walks along the beach and late night churro dates.  It was running carefree through castles and jet-setting every weekend.  It was the experience of a lifetime, it was my semester abroad.

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Why Your Vote Matters

(Picture taken from the AIFS Granada facebook page)

Before I got to Spain, I was told not to talk about two things: religion and politics… The religion thing has gone without a hitch, but these Spaniards, they love talking about American politics. I found myself talking with the students in the residencia and they were so fascinated with our election process, so with the election staring us right in the face, I thought I’d share my thoughts and things I’ve observed about American politics since I’ve been here.

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The Homesick Blues

This week was hard, I’m not even going to lie.  Granada is as beautiful as ever, I’m learning more and more every day, but that doesn’t mean every day is going to be the best day ever.

Up until this week, I hadn’t really spent a lot of time pining over home or missing anything in particular. But, while we all have bad days and bad weeks, the best way to get over it is to create a positive mindset.

In all honesty, I am still in my funk and I hope writing this gets me out of it, but I’ll let you know!

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Study Abroad Pros & Cons: What I’ve Learned in my First week

Studying abroad is an amazing privilege, one that less than 10 percent of U.S. college students actually take advantage of.  The opportunity to get college credit in a foreign country, learn a new language, and immerse myself in a new and different culture was an opportunity I knew I couldn’t pass up.

That being said, there are pros and cons to anything you do, at any point in your life.  So here’s a list of the Pros and Cons I’ve experienced in the week I’ve spent in Granada, España.

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An Open Letter to my First Job

Today I walked through your doors for  the last time.

Today I turned my back on the place that became my second home in the last four years.

Tomorrow I won’t go back and see my co-workers and regular customers and faces that have become comforting and familiar over the years.

Next week I won’t go back for my regular weekend shifts and follow the same pattern I have done for the last four years.

As much as I fear the unknown and can’t fathom my future job or employment opportunities, today was the day to say goodbye for the last time, and turn toward new opportunities.

That being said, there’s a few things I want to say about my first job.

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Books You NEED to Read

I love reading. So much. And with summer coming to an end, I’m looking at my stack of books and I feel so accomplished looking at how many books I’ve read this summer.  Today I’m going to share some of my favorites with you- nothing is crazy difficult to read, since it is summer. I like the easier-to-read, YA fiction type books, and that’s what all of these are*.

*These are listed in no particular order

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