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What I Learned After Being Verbally Assaulted in Brussels

Being a woman, especially one who travels, is rife with contradictions. Travelling as a female can be liberating. But it can also be terrifying at times. There are times when, solely because I’m a female, I get catcalled. Or stared at. Or called out for not smiling. Or for smiling too much. Or dressing too conservatively. Or not dressing conservatively enough. Or being too shy. Or not being shy enough. You get the picture. As women, we learn to not…

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US vs. UK Academics

What are the differences between US and UK academics you encountered while abroad? I’ve been asked this question by just about everyone I’ve come across at school, so I thought I’d touch upon it here. US vs. UK academics,…

Last Weeks in London

My last weeks in London were unfortunately spent mostly in my room, studying for about 12-14 hours a day for some daunting exams. However, I did manage to have some fun when I took breaks from my hermit lifestyle! My dad…

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Culture Shock is Real

When I was about to leave for London, I didn’t think I would be affected by culture shock. After all, they speak English, England is a Western democracy, and it couldn’t be that different than America, right? Boy, was I…

My French “I’ve Made It” Moment

When I chose to spend a year in London instead of France, I was really worried about how that choice would affect my French. As a French major, it is, not surprisingly, incredibly important to actually be able to…

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Returning Home FAQs

Whenever I tell someone I recently returned from a year abroad, I usually get asked a series of the same questions about my time in London or about my travels. Here they are in case you’re tempted to ask…

8 Things I Won’t Miss About London

While I will miss many things about London, there are a couple of things I won’t exactly miss. Living in a city in Europe is very different from living in an American suburb. Luckily, I’ve learnt I can adapt,…