One Blink and It’s Over

Sitting on the plane to Dushanbe, Tajikistan I was thinking about all the things back home I’d miss while abroad for the semester. My family, girlfriend, and typical daily routine that I have perfected over the last three years in college. None of these things would be in Tajikistan, and I would have to adapt …

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Packed In

Why am I so entranced by what others see as a hard slog, even at the peak of pressure and stress, here around the world in Taiwan? Here’s a glance at my schedule – I think it can explain why. I set my alarm for 7AM. I pack my things and step out into the …

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Fulfilling a New Facet in the Kaleidoscopic Persona

The abandonment of one’s comfort zone is often met with hesitation, a fact which is inevitable when traveling or studying abroad. Transitioning from a familiar environment to one of new regularities also holds a thrill which is difficult to match, as the sampling of another culture holds enrichment like no other. An equilibrium of tradition …

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You’re Going Where To Do What?!

That was the question my each and every member of my family asked when I told them I was participating in this program. They couldn't believe that I, a Belgrade-born native/heritage speaker of Serbian, was going to spend the summer in Belgrade taking language classes. They could not stop laughing. Naturally it sounded like a …

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Shuba Hunting

In Russian, the word “шуба” [shoo-ba], plural: шуби [shoo-bee] has two meanings. 1. A fur coat 2. A salad that consists of alternating layers of mayonnaise, beats, and salted herring fish. The full name of the salad is translated as “Herring under a fur coat.” To most Americans, both are foreign and puzzling. Here we’re …

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