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Be You

  When brainstorming for a photography series, I was initially inspired by Lauren Greenfield, a documentary photographer and filmmaker who focuses on girl culture, as well as the Representation project, whose mission is to use film as a way to transform culture and inspire people to overcome gender stereotypes. I believe that the purpose ...

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Emma R.,
Gladwyne, PA
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Army Football

West Point vs. Morgan State On November 19th, West Point had its last college football home game against Morgan State and it was a grand event of pride and tradition. Everyone is decked out in gold and black and Army apparel to represent their brave knights. The first “stage” to college football games is the delicious food put out by ...

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Emma R.,
Gladwyne, PA
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Applying: An Overview

Applying to college is often a very a stressful process for most students. However, by being organized and remaining on schedule, you can ease a lot of that anxiety. Here is a general checklist of the essential components that you need in order to apply to college: Transcript: All schools want to know about your grades and your performance ...

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Emma R.,
Gladwyne, PA
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Finding The Best Fit

There are many factors that contribute to the college application process and one of the most important aspects to begin with, is choosing the right school, among the thousands of universities in the world, that will be the best fit for you. First, you should figure out what it is that you want or like out of a college. For example, the ...

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Emma R.,
Gladwyne, PA
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Subterranean Cádiz, and La Mezquita in Córdoba

Getting ready for the Zipline Course! This past weekend has been great! Saturday morning we took the bus out to go do a zipline course. We put on harnesses and worked our way through the treetop obstacles. There were a couple groups of adorable Spanish kids that were there as well. That afternoon we had some free time during siesta to spend ...

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Rachel P.,
Cadiz, Spain
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Moorish Mosques, Tapas, and Aqualand

Thursday we started the day off with a short class and then took the bus to Jerez de la frontera. In Jerez we explored the last of the city’s eight mosques with its evidence of both Moor and catholic influence in its architecture and design. Its Islamic influence is easily identifiable through the keyhole shaped door ways, star shaped ...

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Rachel P.,
Cadiz, Spain
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Water Sports and Tapas Contest

This week has been going by in a flash.  Tuesday we finally got the opportunity to go surfing at La Cortadura, one of the best beaches in Cádiz.  Surfing is one of my favorite things to do when in a beach town, so, despite the high winds and clouds, I had a fantastic time.  The instructors were knowledgeable and made sure to get us in ...

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Brendan O.,
Cadiz, Spain
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Surf and Study in Cadiz

Tuesday morning we spent time in classes and then walked to the University of Cádiz to explore the library. We discussed Spanish literature and took a look at the books. I chose a book comprised of postwar poems written by various Spanish poets. Surfing La Playa Victoria, Cadiz For our afternoon activity we headed out in a parade of taxis to ...

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Rachel P.,
Cadiz, Spain
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Café y Conversación

Today was my first day of classes in Cádiz.   During class, we discussed an article about la golpe militar de Argentina and then went out to talk to the locals about the culture of Cádiz. The people here are so friendly! Everyone we asked to talk to immediately smiled and made an effort to understand our slightly broken Spanish. It was ...

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Rachel P.,
Cadiz, Spain
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Final Days in Cádiz

It’s almost impossible to believe that my last day in Cádiz has come so quickly. Two weeks really flew by, and I wish so badly that I could stay here for longer. It feels like so long ago when I first stepped off the bus into this amazing, unique city. I have gotten so settled into the Spanish routine that I know it will be a weird ...

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Madelyn E.,
Cadiz, Spain
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Photography classes in La Sagrada Familia

  Today is Friday, July 15th. First and foremost, my heart goes out to all of France and to those who are currently suffering after yesterday’s senseless terrorist attack in Nice. I’m very relieved to hear that the Abbey Road students and staff in Nice are all alive, safe, and unscathed. My warmest thoughts and wishes are ...

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Hanna I.,
Barcelona, Spain
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Bastille Day, 2016 in Nice.

(from left to right) Laura, Cyril, & Serena. On Monday, we continued our French lessons. Instead of visiting the market at Cours Saleya or shopping at Place Massena, we were able to tour a confiserie. This classic candy store diverged from the candy to which we are accustomed. It was like visiting a classic ice cream or soda pop shop. ...

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Serena C.,
Nice, France
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Herbes de Provence

This past Tuesday, the group returned to Nice to learn more about local life. Instead of a more formal class in the morning, the group was given the chance to explore the nearby market, complete with fruit, soap, honey, pastry, flower, and cheese vendors. Each person was put into a group of three and given a list of things to find out about the ...

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Natalie B.,
Saint Laurent-du-Var, France
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Spanish Lifestyle and Culture

Over the past couple of days, our group has been delving even deeper into the lifestyle and culture of Spain.  In class, we spent an entire day learning about the Spanish education system.  We learned that it differs slightly from America’s education system, especially at the university level.  There are many scholarships available for ...

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Brendan O.,
Cadiz, Spain
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First Impressions

When the plane finally arrived in Barcelona, I was shaking with excitement despite my exhaustion. I had been waiting for what seemed like forever to do the program, which perhaps explains why it so felt surreal to me when I was in the air, like I was in a dream and about to wake up in my bed in California. The feeling lasted until the airplane ...

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Lola R.,
Barcelona, Spain
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Out of Nice

This weekend we ventured outside of Nice, visiting Cannes on Saturday and Antibes on Sunday. Our day trips enabled us to experience a fundamental part of French culture: the trains.  Trains act as a primary mode of transportation between cities in France.  Many people depend on trains to get to where they need to go when they need to get ...

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Serena C.,
Nice, France
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Day 4: Barcelona

Today will be my fourth day in Barcelona. So far, I’ve been able to see much of the city. Yesterday, we went to the beach for a couple of hours. (pictures linked below) The sun was very strong; therefore, many of us were burned, but it was gorgeous so we managed to have fun. After going to the beach, we walked around to find a nice place ...

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Teressa D.,
Barcelona, Spain
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Off to Gibraltar!

We had a very exciting first full weekend in Spain! Or should I say in the UK, as we left the country on Saturday to visit Gibraltar, the British overseas territory situated next to Spain. Gibraltar is a very eccentric, funny little place. Amongst the blue waters, palm trees, and fierce Spanish sun, sits a unique city where the shops are not ...

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Madelyn E.,
Cadiz, Spain
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Visiting Britain... in Spain

Rock of Gibraltar On Saturday we took our second excursion, this time to Gibraltar.  Gibraltar is not actually part of Spain; it is part of Britain.  This is very apparent when looking at the main town in comparison to Cádiz.  Nearly everyone speaks English.  Tapas bars are replaced with fish and chips restaurant.  There are even red ...

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Brendan O.,
Cadiz, Spain
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St. Laurent-du-Var!

It’s been a week since the group arrived in St. Laurent-du-Var! While we arrived only last Monday, our time has already been packed with lots of activities. The first day, we landed in the Nice airport and were quickly introduced to our lovely host families. After meeting with them and our roommates, we rested up for the rest of the program. ...

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Natalie B.,
Saint Laurent-du-Var, France
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