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  • Rugby Offers Opportunity to Improve Spanish Skills

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    Rugby Offers Opportunity to Improve Spanish Skills

    Ella Gianino discusses how practicing with the local White Wolves ruby team helped her overcome language barriers and experience an additional facet of the Heredia community. How did you get involved in rugby in Costa Rica?My host family and I usually go to the neighborhood park to play soccer in the evenings. It was at…

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  • Club Fairs Overrated? I Think Not!

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    Club Fairs Overrated? I Think Not!

    Sign Yourself Up, A Few Hundred Times When enrolling directly in a university, you are essentially starting out as a first-year student – at Oxford, this means you are included in “fresher” activities. While you do not need to participate in every activity geared towards first-year students, many of these events are quite useful. One…

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  • Running into a New Adventure: Two cross-country student-athletes on running and identity

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    Running into a New Adventure: Two cross-country student-athletes on running and identity

    Quiet, runner: In middle and high school, I was often summed up in these two words. In the eyes of those who didn’t know me well, my reserved disposition and passion for running cross-country defined me. Throughout my first years of college, both of those identifiers have evolved. In my time abroad, I look forward…

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  • 3 Reasons Student-Athletes Should Go Abroad

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    3 Reasons Student-Athletes Should Go Abroad

    As a student-athlete, I was very nervous to study abroad. For the last four years, I have been a part of the Mount Holyoke College swim team as a distance freestyler. I love my team and I had fears that I wouldn’t be able to perform as well as I wanted to upon my return.…

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  • Tips for Student Athletes Studying Abroad

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    Tips for Student Athletes Studying Abroad

    One of my worries about going abroad was how I was going to continue athletics in another country. I play on the women’s lacrosse team at my home university. Because lacrosse is a spring sport, we have a set plan of workouts to complete throughout the fall semester. The workouts consist of lifts in the…

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  • How to Study Abroad as a Student Athlete

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    How to Study Abroad as a Student Athlete

    How to Study Abroad as a Student Athlete: 7 Tips from a College Volleyball Player Who Stayed in Shape Down Under I’ve always heard just how difficult it seems to be to study abroad as an athlete in college. Keeping up with workouts, missing off-season training and losing precious time with your coach have been…

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  • The Study Abroad Essentials: A Passport, A Frisbee and A Pair of Boxing Gloves

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    The Study Abroad Essentials: A Passport, A Frisbee and A Pair of Boxing Gloves

    Me, Myself and My Free Time One of the reasons that I chose IFSA’s program in Buenos Aires, as silly as it sounds, is because I knew that I could play ultimate frisbee there! I’ve been playing ultimate frisbee since I got to college, and did not want to compromise on that while studying abroad.…

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  • Discovering My Sexual Identity Abroad

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    Discovering My Sexual Identity Abroad

    First Impressions When I first met the people in my study abroad program I was excited to get to know them since we all came from different schools, states, and backgrounds. I was on the Valparaíso, Chile program where I attended Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso. As I became closer to a smaller group of…

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  • How to Maintain Your Fitness as a Student Athlete Abroad

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    How to Maintain Your Fitness as a Student Athlete Abroad

    With rigorous practice, training, competition and team schedules, it might seem hard to find any room for academics and a social life, let alone studying abroad in another country. But believe it or not, there are ways to spend a semester abroad without impacting the opportunity you have been given to participate in a sport.…

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  • How Study Abroad Taught Me Time Management

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    How Study Abroad Taught Me Time Management

    A year ago I embarked on the journey of a lifetime to Sydney, Australia. A place I had never been, with people I had never met, at an unbelievably large university. I didn’t exactly know what to expect from the city, my new roommates, or my new school. This was the epitome of being out…

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