Tag: language

Language Barriers and Learning

When you are entering a non-English speaking country (or a country that does not speak your language) like Jordan that has a completely different language with its own set of unique dialects, it can be immensely overwhelming and you might resort to silence. What i’ve noticed is that students around me including myself initially relied ...

Sydney: The international hub of Australia

Something that caught my eye the moment I got to Australia was its cultural diversity. Initially, I thought Australia would be somewhat similar to the states, but this couldn’t be any further from reality. There is a notable influence in Sydney from a variety of countries. I’ve had the opportunity to meet people from France, ...

Things I Wish I Knew Before the Move

Before I left to study abroad in Florence, Italy, I wrote a blog post that included several tips for packing. However, now that I have arrived and spent some days here, I realize there are so many mistakes that I made during my preparation. Although they have not caused any real problems, these mistakes have ...

Heather in Rennes: Université Rennes 2

Just like at Drexel, the classes at my university in France start a little late, towards the end of September. The university that I attend is called Université Rennes 2 (Rennes 2 for short). It is the liberal arts school in Rennes, whereas Université Rennes 1 is the STEM-focused school, and is located on a ...

Heidelberg or Heaven?

Only a 15-minute train ride from Mannheim, there’s a ridiculously charming touristy town called Heidelberg. Because it wasn’t a hub of transportation or an industrial stronghold during the 1900s, (luckily) the U.S. Army didn’t feel as though it was remotely necessary to bomb it during the second World War. It is because of this that ...

Heather in Rennes: Culture Shock

Before I left for France, I was required to go to an orientation at the university with the other study abroad students. Among other things, I was warned about culture shock, a sense of anxiety that can occur when someone is introduced to a new culture. We were informed of ways to prepare for this ...

Heather in Rennes: the French Dis-Connection

The first things I saw when I got to the Charles De Gaulle airport in Paris were a McDonalds and a Starbucks. After the sleepless eight hour plane ride, I didn’t know whether I felt comforted by the familiarity or disappointed by it. A classmate and I had arrived together. We were both doing CIEE’s ...