You see the world, try new things, meet new people, fall in love, visit amazing places, learn about other cultures - then it's all over. People always talk about leaving, but what about coming home? Click the link to read more.
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Here are seven things to keep in mind while studying abroad. This blogger even adds links on the profile for addition information about studying abroad. Read this blog to learn about everything from managing money to the best places to get coffee in Edinburgh, Scotland.
Thursday, July 10, 2014
Here is a blog post from a UNO student who just got back from studying abroad in Norway. Be sure to check out some of Callie's other blogs about her time spent abroad.
Well, as most of you know, I’ve returned to my lovely homeland of Omaha, Nebraska, and I’m just about settled in. This last post shouldn’t be too long—I just thought I’d do a little wrap up regarding what I’ve been writing about the past few months.
Being home has been a strange mixture of so many emotions. I’m sad to have left a country have fell in love with, homesick for my lovely apartment in K4G, and missing my European friends like crazy. On the other hand, I’m so glad to be back, seeing friends I’ve known since I was little, starting summer classes at UNO, etc. This past week I’ve eaten a lot of food, a very small amount of which has been healthy. I haven’t even had time for Netflix because I’ve been reuniting with so many people, and everything’s been a bit chaotic getting ready for my brother’s wedding next Friday. My Winnie the Pooh blanket and I are now back together, though, so that’s happy.
Since I’ve been back, I have noticed a few cultural differences that I wasn’t able to see before. For one, I forgot how friendly Midwesterners are. Walking through the Chicago airport and seeing everyone smile at me, say excuse me, apologize, etc—that was really interesting. (Norwegians, no worries, this does not mean that I think you are mean or cold. This is a note about how overly friendly Midwesterners are, not judgment of any lack of friendliness I experienced over there ;) )Also, Americans all walk on the right. This is actually one of the first things I noticed about Europe—in public places, there is no order to the way people walk in public places. They just go where they need to go at leave it at that. If that means that people need to duck and dodge to avoid getting hit, then so be it. They’re like the freshman that just get into high school and think you can walk wherever in the hallway (Millard South kids, you get me.) On the other hand, Americans ALWAYS walk on the right side. It was beautiful walking in the Chicago airport, because all I had to do was follow the crowd, not dodge in and out of it while lugging my three pieces of luggage. On a completely related note, our toilet bowls have way too much water in them. And it’s amazing not having to pay to use a bathroom. THOSE DOOR CRACKS THOUGH--We need to fix the fact that I can stare into the eyes of someone while they wait for me to finish my business. That's just weird.
The things I miss the most involve the beautiful town of Kristiansand and the water that was near my dorm. I miss looking out my window and seeing a river, so that’s been a bit difficult. It was especially tough to not be there to celebrate Norwegian independence day (17th of May), but I lucked out in that respect—I instead got to celebrate another event with my lovely future-sister-in-law by attending her weekend long, Kansas City bachelorette party, which, by the way, was totally amazing and I don’t care who you are you should be SO JEALOUS. ;)
I’m not sure it’s fully hit me that I won’t be returning to Norway anytime soon, and I don’t think it will before my summer gets going a bit more. I’ve been telling everyone that I just feel like I’ve been dreaming for the past semester, and that Omaha paused in time and started again when I woke up. I just can’t even get over how lucky I was to have the experience that I did, and I’d just like to recognize all the people who helped me get there, and all the people who have supported me through jetlag and messed up emotions. Norway is a beautiful, beautiful country that I highly recommend everyone visits if they get the chance. I’ll definitely be returning one day, but, hey, don't get me wrong--there really is no place like Nebraska. Now I just have an additional place I can call home. Skål.
Tuesday, July 8, 2014
Learn the Lesson
Imagine if you could combine going to school with traveling. Oh wait you can, it's called studying abroad. Go see the world today. You might be surprised what you will learn along the way. Here are 6 lessons traveling teaches you according to the Huffington Post.