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Kiwiana 101: Reflections from BCA Storyteller Aubrey Maryniak

September 11, 2017
Kiwiana 101

As a part of our BCA orientation, we received an introduction to “Kiwiana 101,” or what to expect from the Kiwi culture. Now, I wanted to share my own “Kiwiana 101” reflections after having spent a few months living in New Zealand.  Of course, you can take these with a grain of salt, as these are just […]

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The Terror & Excitement of Returning Home from Study Abroad

August 7, 2017
returning home from study abroad

I am a firm believer that if you aren’t scared about the future, you’re lying or you just haven’t thought about it. I find I feel most ready when on the precipice of utter terror and excitement. I felt this way traveling across the world to study. I was so terrified, but absolutely ready for this […]

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Five Reasons to Embrace Minimalism While Abroad

July 12, 2017
Minimalism Abroad

Kia Ora fellow adventurers, My name is Zack Hesse. As of the time of writing this article I’m farther away from home than I’ve ever been, in a strange land where penguins and tropical parrots commingle, where the people are outnumbered by sheep clinging to the side of grassy mountains, and where all the swans […]

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10 Benefits to a Year Long Study Abroad Program

July 11, 2017
Year Abroad Benefits

When it comes time to study abroad, there are a variety of decisions that need to be made; among them is whether to go for one semester or a year. Rigorous academic requirements from your host institution, costs, and lack of time are all factors that may persuade you to choose a semester long program. […]

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Travel Tips: Sleeping in a New Place

June 27, 2017

Falling asleep can go one of two ways – it happens or it doesn’t. When you’re traveling, trying to fall asleep or stay asleep can put you through cultural shock all in its own.  Here are some tips for getting a good night’s rest while sleeping in a new place: Stick to your routine. You […]

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Packing Tips: Photography

June 20, 2017
Packing Tips Photography

Packing – not on my list of “easy pre-departure tasks.” With all of the energy we put into dressing for weather and cultural norms, we often forget about adding tools that help us document study abroad experiences. Based on our travels, here are five suggestions for items to pack that might help you get that […]

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Body Positivity while Studying Abroad

March 27, 2017
Body Positivity

Body positivity has caused a lot of fluttering and talking amongst different communities. Everyone has a different definition of body positivity that shares their opinions on the subject, so I feel like the most poignant way to start this is to give you my definition. Body Positivity: To be aware of your body, to give […]

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A Really Swell Trip, Mr. Robinson: New Zealand Study Abroad Reflections

March 24, 2017

Upon returning back to the  States I often receive the question, “Did ya have a good trip?” tossed over to me. Every time I think to myself, Well, after five months, “good” is definitely one of the things it was. I usually just respond with a polite “Yeah. I did.” There’s also the question “Well…how was […]

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Top 10 Fun Surprises: New Zealand Study Abroad Program

March 13, 2017

Kia Ora (Māori greeting)! I have been quite busy lately travelling to the other side of the world to Dunedin, New Zealand for the semester. I’ve been here for about two weeks now and I want to share a few things about studying abroad. I strongly encourage you to get out there and push yourself […]

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Solving Your Study Abroad Fears

March 6, 2017

I studied abroad in Cheltenham, England and it was nothing short of an amazing experience. I saw things I have only ever dreamed of, meet new people and learned about new cultures. Although I had the best time ever, I must admit I had some fears before boarding my flight to a new country. Don’t leave home worried, there […]

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