Category Archives: Culture

Studying abroad as a Pre-Med: Realizations and Re-evaluations and Conclusions

The Madrilenos have a lot of different customs, such as eating their meals 2-3 hours later than Americans are accustomed to. Another cultural practice is the siesta, a nap the whole city takes from around 2-5pm. This practice originated due to extremely hot weather and usually follows a large midday meal. Most shops and restaurants … Continue reading Studying abroad as a Pre-Med: Realizations and Re-evaluations and Conclusions

Studying abroad as a Pre-Med: Initiating your plan and funding your study abroad trip

Type of Program Every study abroad program will be amazing, but the experience you gain differs drastically between programs. Deciding what type of program to participate in may depend on how you personally desire to improve. Consider your strengths and weaknesses and definitely consider stepping out of your comfort zone! Personally, I was looking for … Continue reading Studying abroad as a Pre-Med: Initiating your plan and funding your study abroad trip

Studying abroad as a Pre-Med: How cultural immersion helps us grow as future physicians

Our values, our thinking processes, and our priorities are often a product of culture, and they vary drastically between populations. As a first generation Vietnamese-American born to immigrant parents, I thought I was no stranger to cultural differences–”a mosaic of values,” I had thought. While growing up, I did indeed deal with discrepancies such as … Continue reading Studying abroad as a Pre-Med: How cultural immersion helps us grow as future physicians

Reverse Culture Shock: Brisbane to Berkeley

Since I’ve been abroad home feels different. Or I feel different at home. I suppose that’s expected. It’s pretty cheesy but I actually did learn a lot about myself last year while I was in Australia, and it’s cool to see how that manifests itself in Berkeley. I learned what kind of people I like … Continue reading Reverse Culture Shock: Brisbane to Berkeley

Studying Abroad: Understanding A Unique Aspect of Your Local Community

Studying abroad provides endless opportunities to learn about the fascinating and dynamic history and culture of your host country. While it is easy to spend all of your time traveling to nearby places, going to museums, and eating local cuisine (all wonderful experiences!), I urge you to get involved in your local communities abroad in a … Continue reading Studying Abroad: Understanding A Unique Aspect of Your Local Community

Reading Recommendations For Your Next Commute Abroad

I’m an avid reader. My Goodreads account can prove it. I also identify as a world traveler. Long plane rides, for instance, intersect my two favorite hobbies: reading and traveling. This list covers titles I’ve read in transit, on the go. Although these recommendations aren’t all focused primarily on traveling alone, I guarantee you’ll be entertained … Continue reading Reading Recommendations For Your Next Commute Abroad

USA vs. AUS

When I was picking a place to study abroad, I had a few requirements: a good marine biology program, great weather, and English-speaking. This lead me to Australia, which at first I was worried would be too similar to my home in California. While there, one of my friends described Australia as “exactly different” from the … Continue reading USA vs. AUS

Use Your Experience Abroad Wherever You Go

Now that you’ve returned from your experience abroad, you might be thinking, “now, what?” Luckily, you’re not alone. This confusing feeling is a common side effect of reverse culture shock, a series of stages adapting back to your native culture. Other symptoms of reverse culture shock include disengagement in personal relationships, readjustment issues, and even depression. … Continue reading Use Your Experience Abroad Wherever You Go