Halfway There: What I've Learned From My National Student Exchange

Halfway There: What I've Learned From My National Student Exchange

A once in a lifetime experience I'm glad I've had the opportunity to do.

I have spent this semester away from my home school thanks to National Student Exchange (NSE). I’ve been able to escape the cold of Massachusetts for sunny Miami, Florida. My journey has taken me to Florida International University (FIU). I went into this semester hoping to try new things, explore places I’ve never been, and learn about a culture completely different than my own. So far, this semester is exceeding my expectations.

My host school has an NSE club that includes members from outside schools that have come for the semester and students from FIU that have gone on exchanges in the past. This group has been amazing at coordinating events (most of them free of charge) for me to partake in. One of my favorites was a meal at the famous Bubba Gump Shrimp Company followed by a bay cruise through the port of Miami and past the homes of the rich and famous. The views are stunning and the homes are breathtaking. Seeing Miami from the water made me fall in love with this city so much more.

My group has also done events on campus such as attending movie nights and football games. It’s great to know I have a group of people I can turn to if I need someone to attend an event with me. The next two months are going to be packed with more events: Jungle Island, snorkeling on Key Largo, a Chainsmokers concert, South Beach trip, and more! Being able to experience all that Miami as to offer in the short time I’m here has made the adventure more than I ever dreamed of.

It’s important to remember that it isn’t all fun and games; you must do well in your classes as well. I decided to venture out and take a science course that they don’t offer at my home school: Ecology of South Florida. I’ve learned about the unique plants and animals that call this area home and have had the chance to go on field trips throughout South Florida. We explored the beaches of Key Biscayne, went snorkeling, and hiked trails in Johnathon Dickinson State Park. Coming up, we’ll be exploring the Everglades and going on a swamp walk through Big Cypress Swamp. These trips are taking me to places I never would’ve gone on my own and I they’re some of the most beautiful places I’ve been.

I’ve been able to practice my Spanish quite often as there is a large Hispanic and Cuban population in Miami. Being a picky eater, I was hesitant to try some of their traditional foods, but pastelitos are my new favorite treat. I’m still getting used to the southern hospitality where everyone goes out of their way to say hello and make you feel welcomed. Many people run on “Cuban time” meaning 15 minutes late is actually on time (this is great for class). It’s amazing to be able to experience a unique culture without having to leave the United States.

If you’re considering doing an exchange, look into National Student Exchange. They have over 200 schools in the United States, Canada, U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, and Guam from which you can choose to visit. Many of the options are more affordable than an international exchange which is why I chose this program. I’ve never felt so welcomed and part of a community like I do at FIU. Deadlines to apply for next year’s programs are coming up soon so start doing your research! I promise you won’t regret it.

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I Spy With My London Eye...Queen Elizabeth!

A City That's More Than Just Tea and Crumpets

London. Where to begin? As an American studying in Italy where carbohydrates are the main food group and American coffee does not exist, the UK was a refreshing taste of home, quite literally. I nearly drooled at the sight of the Starbucks logo. Okay, that's a bit of an exaggeration, but really, it was needed after a month of "one-sip" espresso shots and "large" cappuccino's that would pass as a mini at home. Don't get me wrong, I LOVE Italy and my home in Florence, but a little familiarity was much appreciated.

The city of London resembles American cities in its modernity but is bursting with ancient history and amazing sights around every corner. There is the Big Ben, Tower of London, Buckingham Palace, London Eye, and many more monuments to marvel at. Of course these tourist sights sit in the bustling center of the city, but the outskirts and small towns surrounding London are well worth a visit. A weekend is not nearly enough time to explore all that England has to offer, but any time spent there will not disappoint, even if it rains!

I highly recommend taking a ride on the London Eye, as it provides an amazing 360, panoramic view of the city. The Shard, Big Ben, Buckingham Palace, London Bridge, Tower Bridge, and the Tower of London are just a few of the monumental sights you can see while riding.

The double decker bus tours are also worth your time, as they provide historical facts to accompany the monuments as you pass them. If you're lucky and the weather cooperates, the open-air top deck is the place to be!

There is also Covent Gardens which, for the Northeasterners out there, resembles Faneuil Hall in Boston. It is a half open-air, half inside hall lined with stores, restaurants, and cafes. It is always teeming with people, and there is often people singing or playing instruments, which makes for the perfect spot to take a break and enjoy some quality entertainment with a drink.

While the grand monuments are obviously a must-see, you simply cannot go to London without riding in a Black cab or taking a photo with an authentic red telephone booth. These embody British culture in its most basic and historical sense.

London is a city that should be on everyone's bucket list. The sights are simply incredible and the atmosphere is nothing short of welcoming. I am lucky enough to have family in this wonderful city and know that I will be returning someday. Until next time, cheerio London!

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1 Fiber Optical Spectrometer Market Overview
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1.3.3 Probes
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