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Study Abroad: 58 Days in Maastricht

This morning, I walked to class down a cobblestone road in a sleepy Dutch neighborhood as the sun lit the tops of the narrow brick homes that lined the street on either side. I passed small homes just beginning to stir and old couples walking dogs. The flowers on the trees are blooming pink and white and their aroma floats down the streets. Bikes rattle past me as other students make their way to classes at Maastricht University, my destination. I’ve lived in the city of Maastricht for two months now and I love it so much more than when I first arrived (which is saying something). I’m … [Read more...]

Study Abroad Travels: Sweden

The best thing about studying abroad is the surprises we stumble upon during our weekend trips. Last weekend we hopped on a quick flight to Sweden and rode a bus through the the thick pine and spruce Tyresta forest to the gorgeous city of Stockholm. We had no idea the city stands on fourteen hilly islands connected by fifty-seven bridges. Situated where Lake Malaren meets the Baltic Sea, the city looked like it was just rising out of the water. We explored the winding cobblestone streets of Gamla Stan, or Old Town, where the old buildings are a mustard and rust colored. This was a nice … [Read more...]

Study Abroad Europe: Frequently Asked Questions

Check out the travel video that goes with this blog: https://vimeo.com/207025110. A common question people will ask me is, "Why did you want to study abroad?" Coming into college, I knew that I wanted to study abroad. I realized that studying abroad is an amazing opportunity for college students to gain cultural experience while still getting school credits. I knew that I would travel later in life, the only question remaining was when would I be able to travel. Studying abroad provided the answer to that travel question as well as still getting school credits. Even though I knew … [Read more...]

Study Abroad Europe: Tips for Studying Abroad

Check out the travel video that goes with this blog: https://vimeo.com/207025110. A little over one month ago, I left the comfort of my University in Waco, Texas to fly across the pond and start school at Maastricht University for three months. I wasn’t sure what to expect before I left for the trip—I talked with other students, who had been on the same program before, to try to get an idea of what life abroad would be like. After one month of traveling, I have a little more experience and skills. Below are the main ideas that I try to remember during my travels. Be flexible You … [Read more...]

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