Category: Fall 2019

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A Beginner’s Guide to Navigating British Slang

On my very first night at the University of York, I found myself in a room full of students speaking the same language as me, and yet it sounded as if we were conversing in different tongues. Between the thick British accents (which may I add, are not accurately portrayed in modern American or British ...

Uniqueness Within Australia

Australia contains a lot of unique qualities culturally and environmentally. Australia happens to be a very culturally diverse country, particularly due to their Indigenous peoples. There are over 500 different clan groups or “nations” around Australia, each with their own unique culture. They have their own languages and ceremonial rituals. In these rituals they used ...

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Lions and tigers and bears, oh my!

After a 14-hour flight and a quick (and when I say quick, I mean four days) pit-stop at Oktoberfest, I finally landed at the Manchester airport earlier this week, where I was immediately greeted by representatives from the University of York and chauffeured to my new home in Heslington, England. Despite the cold, rainy weather ...

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What am I doing in Florence?

As of today I will have been in Italy for approximately 3 days. Each day has brought about a new emotion and many new discoveries. Right before leaving for Italy, I had a moment of panic. What was I doing going to a foreign country without knowing the language and not knowing who I was ...

First Impressions of Denmark

Denmark is a beautiful country. Its landscapes are beautiful and its citizens are always willing to help if you need it. I did some research before traveling to Aarhus, but I still wasn’t sure of what I would experience while studying here. My first day spent in Aarhus was a bit of a blur. I ...

UNSW Village

Finding housing can be one of the most stressful aspects of coming abroad. Will I be in a good location? How does one pay rent in international currency? Will I like my flatmates? How will I inspect the place without being in the country? It is normal to have no idea how any looks/works in ...

Start of Something New

It was time for the long awaited University of New South Wales Orientation. I was excited to be able to get back into a routine and meet new people, but I was also nervous to enter a campus where I knew no one and start classes that I did not know the teaching styles. I ...

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Reaching for the Top!

The exchange student community at HKU is quite large! There are a lot of students studying in British universities, as well as many other European students. So far, I have also seen quite a lot of American students, especially ones from the West coast. As a result, for the first couple of weeks I have ...

Ambition is Priceless

“Easy to dream a dream, though it’s harder to live it” – Wale I’ve been waiting for someone to pinch me. Maybe then I’d wake up from this dream. Did I really just move out of my apartment in Philadelphia, knowing that I’d probably never return to that home I loved on Preston Street? Did ...

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Testing the Water

Hong Kong is surrounded by water. For that reason, I was not that surprised when I started to see how many beaches Hong Kong has. Not only does Hong Kong have many different types of beaches, but also many of these beaches are very beautiful. One of the most popular beaches in Hong Kong island ...