7 Signs You Just Got Back From Studying Abroad

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4. You Blow a Fuse When Your Mom Reminds You of Curfew

If you’re returning home to live under the roof of mom and dad, chances are they might be a little confused about setting rules for the new, independent you. You’ve learned skills, competencies and life lessons — and just maybe, how to behave like a grownup. Instead of being insulted by imposed ‘house rules,’ show off your new mature self by suggesting a frank and open discussion about rules and mutual respect.

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5. Social Causes. Awareness of Human Rights. It’s Real, and It’s Necessary

Poverty, lack of access to basic health care, youth denied education, gender inequality — these issues are real. If you’ve witnessed them firsthand, you’re likely more inclined to want to change them. If you return from study abroad with increased social awareness and the desire to improve the lives of others, there is definitely a better ‘new’ you for those around you to get to know.

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6. Maps, Maps, and More Maps

Maps have guided and directed you to local coffee shops and markets, historic and cultural attractions, bars and maybe even an occasional class. Studying abroad can instill a love for finding just about anything on the map. It might seem strange to leave home without a map, but checking your home town map as you head out to Starbucks might be a little out of the ordinary.



Culture Palate: Dishes from Ukraine

Typically, Ukrainian dishes are hearty, filling, and made with a variety of cooking techniques. In one dish, it’s not uncommon for cooks to have to boil or fry multiple ingredients before they’re finished together in the oven or in a bubbling stew. If you’re visiting Ukraine, make sure to check out some of these dishes. If you get a chance to taste them in their ideal form, you can easily recreate them at home.

14 Ways to Screw Up an International Trip

There are countless things that could go wrong on an international trip, and many of them are out of your control. However, there’s possibly an equal number of ways to screw up your trip, and unfortunately no one to blame but yourself.

Love Holidays from Around the World

With Valentine's Day just around the corner, it’s tempting to rail against the North American traditions that lead us to stress about dinner reservations and spend all our money on chocolates every February 14th. However, we’re not the only ones with elaborate holidays that celebrate love.