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  • The Benefits of Cultural Immersion

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    The Benefits of Cultural Immersion

    One day my roommate (and now lifelong friend) Joyce, went out to find a pastry shop to get a treat. We found two rivaling bakeries across the street from one another. One barely had anyone in it, the other was packed. The packed bakery was the one we were planning to go to, but the…

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  • The Little Things with Studying Abroad

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    The Little Things with Studying Abroad

    Before coming to Barcelona, so many people warned me about culture shock. While studying abroad is an invaluable experience full of opportunity, you are also uprooting your entire life to move across the world for three months. As I was told, the stages of culture shock are the honeymoon phase, anxiety, adjustment, and acceptance. Based…

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  • The First of Firsts

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    The First of Firsts

    Going abroad, in general, can be scary and challenging, however, I didn’t realize my experience would be so different compared to others. I am a First-Generation college student, the first to join Greek life, the first to join clubs/organizations, and the first to ever leave the United States. Because I was having so many firsts…

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  • Catalonia Beauty: Exploring the City of Girona

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    Catalonia Beauty: Exploring the City of Girona

    During our time abroad, my classmates and I learned extensively about the complex history of Barcelona as well as the entire region of Catalonia. Not only have the citizens dealt with political upheaval, civil war and economic struggles since becoming a Spanish territory, the majority remain so passionate about achieving independence from the Spanish government…

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  • Disconnected

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    Disconnected

    A week into my trip abroad, I was having the time of my life. I had made amazing new friends, explored Barcelona with my class, and had documented just about everything I saw through videos and pictures on my iPhone. My goal was to capture every moment spent there so that I could relive it…

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  • The Empty Barcelona – A Digital Story

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    The Empty Barcelona – A Digital Story

    “I challenged myself to capture the most crowded areas of Barcelona from a human-free angle.” Abby Muehlstein was originally overwhelmed by city life in Barcelona, but grew to love it. [embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7agkpZzfDnk[/embed] Abby Muehlstein is a Psychology student at Duke University and studied abroad in Spain in the Engage: Barcelona program with IFSA in Fall 2016.

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