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  • Abroad in Ireland as a Transgender Student: A Journey of Self-Love

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    Abroad in Ireland as a Transgender Student: A Journey of Self-Love

    The week before I traveled abroad, I pored over my packing list, staring at the crumpled piece of paper until my eyes hurt. I was certain I would forget something crucial, that I would be the only one without it. Medication to last me through December? Check, I reassured myself for the hundredth time. Wool socks?…

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  • Abroad in New Zealand as a Gay Student

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    Abroad in New Zealand as a Gay Student

    When I left the United States to study abroad in New Zealand, many questions ran through my head: Will I make friends? Will I get along with my flatmates? Will the courses be difficult? But I was most anxious about my sexuality. Will I be able to express myself freely? Will I feel safe walking alone?…

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  • How Pride and Community Empowered Me While Abroad in Rome

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    How Pride and Community Empowered Me While Abroad in Rome

    Being a part of minoritized communities while abroad may seem intimidating and scary, but my experiences with identity helped me through my first time in a foreign country. I am intersectional – there is not one identity that solely describes who I am. I am a First-Generation college student, I am queer, I am Asian…

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  • Female Leadership in Leeds: An Interview With Student Leader Chloe Elliot

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    Female Leadership in Leeds: An Interview With Student Leader Chloe Elliot

    Chioma Uwagwu, a study abroad student at the University of Leeds sat down with Equality and Diversity Officer of Leeds Student Union elect, Chloe Elliot, to discuss gender dynamics, leadership, and identity. Chioma Uwagwu, is a double major in Communication and Cultural Studies at the University of St.Thomas and is studying abroad with IFSA at University of Leeds in England in…

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  • Digital Story: Buenos Aires Was Unforgettable

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    Digital Story: Buenos Aires Was Unforgettable

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qKyJSuerc7s

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  • What Life is Like as an LGBTQ+ Student at the University of Sussex

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    What Life is Like as an LGBTQ+ Student at the University of Sussex

    Views on the LGBTQ+ community differ greatly depending on what country you are in. This can make studying abroad as an LGBTQ+ student a bit scary. I am demisexual, meaning that I can only be sexually attracted to somebody if we have a strong emotional connection, but beyond that I am a cisgender heterosexual female.…

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  • Misinterpreting “Know the Climate of Your Host Country”

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    Misinterpreting “Know the Climate of Your Host Country”

    How I Misinterpreted the Phrase “Know the Climate of Your Host Country” What I did (or didn’t do) before I went abroad I thought I was ready to go abroad. I had done my research on the climate there. I knew what to pack in order to be prepared for the weather differences, and I…

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  • Revolution Meets Machismo: Gender in Cuba

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    Revolution Meets Machismo: Gender in Cuba

    On March 8, I woke up and had breakfast before going to my 9:45 a.m. class just like any other Friday in the past month, but this was no ordinary Friday; it was international women’s day and while it may have slipped my mind, Cuba did not forget. At the entrance of the facultad de artes…

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  • Somewhere In the Rainbow: Celebrating Pride in Wellington

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    Somewhere In the Rainbow: Celebrating Pride in Wellington

    It’s my first year of college, and I’m sitting on the floor in my room making friendship bracelets, because I never grew out of making friendship bracelets (and honestly, I probably never will). I can’t do anything too fancy, three colors being the maximum number of colors I can work with, but that’s perfect for…

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  • Everywhere is a Classroom: Learning Through Internships Abroad

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    Everywhere is a Classroom: Learning Through Internships Abroad

    Before I moved to Melbourne, I thought of my semester abroad like a hands-on research experience. As an Urban Studies major, I had spent years studying and discussing all aspects of urban life — city governance, urban planning, social inequity, affordability, transportation, design, and so on. Over and over again, critical discourse on how to…

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