Final Thoughts

Follow all Taylor's thoughts on her semester abroad in Moscow, Russia by checking out her previous blogs: Being Black In Russia, and A Little Sun-Kissed. ... As I sit here writing this blog post, I’m thinking about the ways in which my experience abroad has drastically influenced who I am. During 2019, I spent a …

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Bring a Towel

When you join one of the ACIE study abroad sessions, you had best plan for seeing the spectacular sights of your host nation. Here in Taiwan, lush jungles rise on the backs of mountains that run in the center of the island, and narrow streets with rushing buses and food vendors raise a din that …

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What can I say about my first overseas experience?

Before coming to Tajikistan, I was over-the-moon excited about seeing a country whose people spoke a dialect of Persian and cherished the same premodern literary tradition as my father's people, the Iranians. The high status of poetry in Persianate (Google it) culture is well-known and widely attested to, so I couldn't wait to enter a …

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“Aunt Valya will have my head if I don’t take care of you!” – Gender roles in Ukraine

This morning, my host mom, Valentyna, told me that as she and her husband would both be arriving late tonight, my seventeen-year-old host brother, Ruslan, would be taking care of me today, including getting dinner ready for me. I had initially thought that he would be heating up leftover borshch in the microwave or something …

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Confronting Expectations

While I have only been in Russia for two weeks, I already feel like I have been living here for months. My Russian has already improved, but, more importantly, my understanding of modern Russian culture has drastically changed. My experience with my host family has given me the opportunity to directly and indirectly ask questions …

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