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Reverse Culture Shock and How to Cope with It at Home

NOTE: *Make sure to check out the first post in this series– “Culture Shock and How to Deal with It Abroad” – if you haven’t already!* After returning home from my semester aboard in Italy, I could not wait to tell my friends and family all about my travels and experiences. When I got back to Idaho, however, it seemed like no one ...

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Jolie Blair,
Sun Valley, Idaho
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When in Dublin...

Dublin is a unique, quirky city which is very walkable and full of interesting buildings and architecture. Here are my top five things to do in Dublin (although there are a lot more!).    Dublin Castle Located in the heart of Dublin, the Castle is believed to have originally been an early Gaelic Ring Fort. Although the Castle is ...

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Jolie Blair,
Sun Valley, Idaho
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Culture Shock and How to Cope with It Abroad

Culture Shock and How to Cope with It Abroad I have been extremely fortunate to be able to travel the world with my family, school, and friends. I had heard of culture shock in books and blog posts, but I did not truly experience this phenomenon until I studied abroad in Rome for a semester. At first, I thought culture shock was an exaggerated ...

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Jolie Blair,
Sun Valley, Idaho
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When In... Prague

When In… Prague Prague is a beautiful city with amazing food, interesting history, and tons to do. Here are my top five things to do in Prague (although there are a lot more!).   Source: https://tinyurl.com/ycsyu5e5 Explore Old Town Square Old Town Square is one of the main hubs of Prague and is surrounded by various shops, restaurants, ...

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Jolie Blair,
Sun Valley, Idaho
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5 Tips to Ace the SAT/ACT

5 Tips to Ace the SAT/ACT As one of the world’s worst test takers, the SAT and ACT were my living nightmares. I dreaded studying for them, taking them, and even hearing their names made me sick to my stomach. But after taking at least five real standardized tests – among countless practice ones – I have acquired many tips and ...

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Jolie Blair,
Sun Valley, Idaho
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When in Amsterdam...

When In…Amsterdam Full of cheese stores, clogs, and eclectic neighborhoods, Amsterdam is a city that should not be missed. The food is amazing, the locals are extremely nice and the city itself is beautiful, making Amsterdam the perfect place to explore while abroad. Here are some of my favorite highlights from my visit to this amazing ...

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Jolie Blair,
Sun Valley, Idaho
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5 Tips to Acing Those College Essays

5 Tips to Acing Those College Essays One of the most stressful parts of my college application process was writing the essay for the common app in addition to each supplemental essay for the different schools. After some trial and error, along with the occasional breakdown with tears followed by ice cream, I realized that there were a few ways ...

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Jolie Blair,
Sun Valley, Idaho
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When In...Berlin: Must-Sees and Tips

When In…Berlin While I have been lucky enough to experience many cool cities abroad, Berlin has to be one of my favorites. From the delicious food to the rich history, this German city has it all. Here are a few of my must-sees in Berlin. Enjoy!  Source: https://tinyurl.com/y9j7lfcc 1. Brandenburg Gate One of Berlin’s most ...

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Jolie Blair,
Sun Valley, Idaho
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5 Productive (but fun!) Summer Activities

5 Productive (but fun!) Summer Activities Although sitting on your couch and watching everything Netflix has to offer sounds ideal at first, it can get boring very fast (trust me). On top of that, your parents might be breathing down your neck for you to be productive during the break, and your resume probably does need some sprucing up. But ...

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Jolie Blair,
Sun Valley, Idaho
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Top Five Things to Do in Rome

When In Rome… While studying abroad in Rome, I not only experienced the super touristy spots, but I also had the opportunity to live like a local and explore the hidden gems of Rome. Here are my top five things to do in Rome (although there are a lot more!).  Source: https://tinyurl.com/y7837cce Explore The Monuments A trip to Rome ...

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Jolie Blair,
Sun Valley, Idaho
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The Best Abroad Packing List

The Best Abroad Packing List   Although it is tempting to bring your entire wardrobe abroad, there is a serious space issue. Firstly, there are only so many suitcases you can take with you on the plane. Secondly, many of the hotels, apartments, and taxis abroad are relatively small, and there is not enough space for all your clothes in ...

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Jolie Blair,
Sun Valley, Idaho
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Jumping Back Into the Real World After Studying Abroad

Jumping Back Into the Real World You’ve just had the most incredible experience studying abroad with Abbey Road Programs. You’ve said your goodbyes to your new friends, host family, classmates, and teachers. You have integrated into a new culture and learned more about yourself than you might have imagined.  You have dined, explored, ...

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Andrea Abbate,
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5 Tips and Tricks to Being A Respectful American While Abroad

  5 Tips and Tricks to Being A Respectful American While Abroad   Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=57KW6RO8Rcs 1. Respect the Culture Going abroad is an amazing experience that opens your eyes to many different things. That being said, much of what you see is not “normal” or what you are used to from your home country. ...

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Saint Tropez and Gorges du Verdon

July22 On this day we had a very different schedule than we were used to because it was the weekend. We went to Saint Tropez! We met up with the other part of the Abbey Road group that is staying with French host families in St. Laurent-du-Var. Two girls from the homestay program decided to sit next to us and we started up a conversation, but ...

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Juliana G.,
Nice
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Parc Phoenix, and French Language at the Modern Art Museum.

Parc Phoenix, and French Language at the Modern Art Museum.   July20 Today we woke up and I had breakfast with the new friend I’d made yesterday… it felt nice to actually get to know someone well on this trip since majority came to this country by themselves. While we ate we talked about how excited we were to go snorkeling! We ...

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Juliana G.,
Nice
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A Fantastic Start to A More Fantastic First Week in Nice, France

A Fantastic Start to A More Fantastic First Week in Nice, France   July 18 I was running frantically through the German airport thinking I was in the wrong terminal when suddenly I remembered there was a girl who was going to go to be on the same flight as me to get to Abbey Road’s Program in Nice! I decided to text her and ask her ...

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Juliana G.,
Nice
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The Best, Hidden Abroad Gem: Walking Tours

The Best, Hidden Abroad Gem: Walking Tours   One of the best, hidden gems that I discovered while aboard was walking tours. Although I studied in Rome, I traveled a lot on the weekends and always wanted to get to know the city I visited even more. When a friend suggested we do a walking tour, I was appalled. I would never want to be marked ...

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Jolie Blair,
Sun Valley, Idaho
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Being a Vegetarian Abroad

Being a Vegetarian Abroad One of the most exciting parts of studying abroad is discovering a new culture through its local cuisine. But if you’re vegetarian, the idea of eating in a foreign country might seem a little bit scary. Being a vegetarian abroad, you might be wondering if you’ll be able to eat a nourished and balanced diet, and you ...

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Andrea Abbate,
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Tips on Getting the Most out of Language Immersion Abroad

Studying abroad in a language immersion program can be simultaneously intimidating and exciting. On the one hand, you may be a little apprehensive about starting a new chapter of your life in a place where you don’t speak the language (at least not yet!). At the same time, you may be thrilled at the possibilities that await. Here are a few ...

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Andrea Abbate,
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Exploring Nice, France!

A Memorable Trip to Nice, France! Of all the various travel adventures I’ve embarked on, the most enriching experience was Exploring Nice, France with Abbey Road Programs during the summer! The few weeks that I spent there with them were the highlight of my summer. Going in, I was very excited to meet the students, I had heard that they ...

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Emma R.,
Gladwyne, PA
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