Embracing Australian Language Shock

Submitted by Francesca Paladino on February 12, 2020 - 8:53am

After sleeping for most of my first two days in Australia, I attended my first orientation meeting and the conductor of the seminar said: Don’t think of everything we do here as backwards, wrong or bad, think of it as something different and embrace the change while you’re here.

My Exchange in Spain

Submitted by Francesca Paladino on February 6, 2020 - 11:15am

One of the most incredible moments that I experienced when I was living in Huelva, Spain happened on the very first day I went out into the city, and ended up completely changing how I would remember my time in Spain. My mom, my dad and myself had just came back from the University of Huelva after getting all my papers signed, finding out where my classes would be and what materials I would need. We got off of the bus heading back into the center of the city and decided we needed a well-deserved cervesa (beer).

Returning Home, Harder Than You’d Think

Submitted by Chris Yeast on August 1, 2019 - 9:24am

Before you go abroad you hear and learn all about culture shock and you also talk about re-entry and the possibility of reverse culture shock. But the idea of returning to a country and culture you grew up in or are extremely familiar with and feeling discomfort and unfamiliar seemed strange. Especially since I had only been abroad for five months. However, this is an experience I had returning back home. Now, it may not have been necessarily reverse culture shock by definition, but the feeling of discomfort and unfamiliarity was definitely felt upon my return home.

What I wish I knew before going on exchange to the Netherlands

Submitted by Chris Yeast on July 10, 2019 - 8:12am

Getting that letter stating that you’ve been accepted to the exchange destination of your dreams is a feeling that I cannot describe. Thoughts run through your head at a million miles a minute: will I love it? Will I make memories that will last me a lifetime? Will I form relationships with people I could have never met otherwise? I’m so excited and unsure and amazed and scared… where do I go from here? I made a list to help combat those nerves and answer the questions so that you don’t have to. Here is a list of things I wish I knew before I went on exchange:

Royal Fever: A Canadian’s Experience at the Wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan

Submitted by Chris Yeast on May 13, 2019 - 12:14pm

If someone had told me that I would be in Windsor at the same time as Prince Harry’s wedding, I would’ve waved my hand in dismissal and laughed.

I still can’t believe how well the timing worked out. It was November, and I was getting ready to go on my exchange to the UK for the spring when the announcement of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s engagement was released. Like most of the world, I was excited for the couple, cheering them on as I watched them smile coyly at each other, their hands intertwined as they went through their first public interview together.

Hace un Año

Submitted by Chris Yeast on March 4, 2019 - 2:22pm

It's so hard to believe, but it has been one year since the biggest adventure of my life began. February of last year was the first time I took in the warm spring sun of southern Spain, just a short while before my first day at the University of Huelva. I thank myself for writing a consistent journal during this time, being able to relive all of the strange interactions, new cultural experiences and amazing friendships that I made along the way.

No Worries Wednesday - Making Connections

Submitted by Chris Yeast on November 21, 2018 - 4:34pm

No Worries Wednesday is a series where blog contributors speak to a topic which they were worried before they participated in an education abroad experience. Leaving all that you are surrounded by and comfortable with can be challenging or even frightening. This series will hopefully dispel myths and ease worries for students who are considering taking part in exchanges, field schools or other international learning opportunities!