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Ciao, America!

I had actually applied for the Viticulture and Enology study abroad program the day before it was due, so I was very surprised and excited when I found out a few days later I had been accepted into the program. I knew it was meant to be for me to…
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Cortona Livin’

“When in Rome, do as the Romans do.” When living in a new country or city, this quote should be applied quite literally. For the month of May, our group lived as if we were Cortona natives, and we absolutely loved it. This amazing small town has so much to…
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Cortona Reflection

Home from Cortona and finally rested from the non-stop month full of excitement, new experiences, and fun times, I am finally able to reflect on my past few weeks in Italy. A few things that definitely come to mind are 1) the dreaded Cortona hill, which is probably a blessing…
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Before the Journey

When I was first accepted into the Viticulture and Enology Maymester, I was so excited and started planning right away even though it felt like FOREVER (or maybe just four months) until I would be hopping on the plane and saying goodbye to America. In the few days before departure,…
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The Roquefort Files

If there’s one thing that almost everyone agrees on when it comes to France, it’s that these people know how to produce good cheese. I’m a big friend of the fermented when it comes to dairy products, so I was thrilled to be in this country where regions share the…
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Au Revoir!

For my last reflection on my amazing trip through France, I’m just want to take a moment to encourage anyone who is considering an education abroad program to take the leap and make it happen. I know that it can be scary to think about making such a huge financial…
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Return Home

On the last day of this excursion I was more than excited to return home. All that Costa Rica had to offer was fully engrossed within me. From the vast blue oceans and rivers to the green forested and mountainous terrains to the plethora of wildlife species I was overwhelm…
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Pre-Departure: A New Perspective

Some may think that I am a strategic planner because I have created a four year plan for my undergraduate college career. When I created this plan, I failed to include any study abroad program on my plan. The opportunity came before me at a MANNRS Club meeting, and that…
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