As a child, I lived in Bristol, England for two years. These foggy memories of my childhood’s past were the only glimpses of a life outside of the one that I knew within the United States. As I arrived at Auburn University, everything seemed all too familiar. My entire family had attended the university, which resulted in me spending many days and nights attending Auburn football games. I soon became quite familiar with the campus and the atmosphere surrounding it. Due to this, I developed a burning desire for a change. As much as I loved Auburn, I knew I had to expand my horizons and challenge myself to break outside [ Read more ... ]
When I was in high school, I got a Sunmaid Raisins box with the advice (apparently raisins are the new fortune cookies), “Stay curious and you will travel to the ends of the Earth.” I posted this quote on the top corner of my computer screen where I could see it every day. Then Spring 2011 I had the opportunity to make that dream a reality. During a semester studying Spanish in Buenos Aires, Argentina and Lima, Peru I traveled to Ushuaia, in Patagonia, the southernmost city in the world; I really had made it to the end of the Earth.
I can honestly say that, more than anything, my study [ Read more ... ]
This summer I participated in Auburn’s very first Pre-Freshman Abroad Program. Sixteen of us were lucky enough to get to go on a week-long study abroad trip to Belize at the end of July! The trip focused on sustainability and Belizean culture. One of my favorite parts was going to Cyrila’s Chocolate Factory. It was a small thatch roofed building (just like many places in Belize) where we got to enjoy a delicious lunch and make our own chocolate from scratch. Here is an excerpt from my journal that day:
“That was one of the most fun things I’ve done in a long time! I don’t know if it was the [ Read more ... ]
My experiences in Japan were the most amazing and eye opening experiences I have had in my life to date. Although most people prefer to travel with friends to another country, I traveled alone on the Nihon University Exchange program. It may sound scary and perhaps unwise when you think about it, but it allows you to open yourself up to new and otherwise different and difficult situations. Within my first week in Japan, before classes formally started, I managed to get myself lost in the many cities inside Tokyo not knowing any Japanese, but find my way home and each time I did this on purpose! I felt that if [ Read more ... ]
The four weeks I spent in Taormina, Italy were undoubtedly some of the absolute best of my life. Studying in the beachfront town on the gorgeous, culturally rich island of Sicily was a once in a lifetime opportunity, and the time I spent there passed entirely too quickly. Adapting to the laid-back Sicilian lifestyle was a privilege, and I try to remember to embrace their happy, “life-is-good” attitude on a daily basis now that I am separated from the land that I have grown to love. Studying abroad was not something I had initially planned on doing upon coming to Auburn, but when an opportunity presented itself, I took a chance, [ Read more ... ]
My love of travel started when I was very young. Coming to Auburn, the question for me wasn’t whether I wanted to study abroad or not, it was where should I go to study? I searched on and off for a program that combined my want to learn about a new culture and my desire to travel during the program. So, in the fall of my junior year, I set off to study abroad in Lima, Peru. When I arrived in Peru on the first night, I was dropped off at my host family’s house around 2 a.m. after a very long day of travel. When I arrived I found my [ Read more ... ]
When I envisioned my time in college I thought about football games and all-nighters but the words study abroad never came to mind. However, that all changed my sophomore year when I learned about the Joseph S. Bruno Auburn Abroad in Italy program through the College of Human Sciences. Suddenly the idea of Italian food and seeing monuments in person that I had only seen in pictures danced in my head. After some careful planning and budgeting (and parental convincing), I was signed up for a semester to live and study outside of Rome, Italy in the quaint town of Ariccia.
My time abroad has been my favorite time I have [ Read more ... ]
My whole life I had fantasized about Spain. I had read Hemingway’s romanticization of bullfighters, listened to the passionate rhythm of flamenco music, and seen the masterpieces of Picasso and Goya. I knew Spain would be an interesting place to study abroad, however the image and ideas I had of it before my semester there did not even scratch the surface of the incredible reality I found myself immersed in. Spain, I believe, cannot simply be learned—it must be experienced. The history and beauty of the country, coupled with its vibrant traditions and cultural diversity, formed the perfect environment for learning and living overseas. I traveled with six other Auburn students [ Read more ... ]
After studying abroad in Australia, choosing a second program to go on was very exciting. I looked up programs in Africa and South America. I decided to do something different. I found a program in Antarctica and decided it would be great to study the wildlife there. Unfortunately, the program ended up not being able to take students outside their university. But I had my hopes set on Antarctica at this point. I decided to find a professor who would sponsor me in a trip to the White Continent. The professor agreed to give me research and books to read and a grade at the end of the trip. This study [ Read more ... ]
“Do you come from a land down under? Where women glow and men plunder?” Can’t you hear, can’t you hear the thunder? You better run; you better take cover.” Have these ever-so-famous 80s lyrics ever piqued your curiosity as to what is really going on in the land “down under?” Just what in the world is a vegemite sandwich anyway? Traveling to other parts of the world has always been a passion of mine. Auburn Abroad has enabled me to visit three very different countries during my career as a vet student. From complete white outs, below freezing temperatures and race horses in Chile to drinking soup straight from the bowl [ Read more ... ]