Having never been outside of Europe when I first came to university, being given the opportunity to study in Shanghai for 3 weeks with the government-funded ‘Study China’ Programme was an exciting, but scary, prospect. After a hasty application last minute, I was surprised to receive an acceptance email a few weeks later. So, I … More ‘Study China’ – my first intercultural experience
So after spending just over 3 months in the US, I was really excited to see what Thanksgiving was like and as expected, Americans really go all out for the holiday. At the Carlson School we have a GLOBE buddy program where an American student is paired with an international buddy to help with any … More Thanksgiving in the Big Apple
The phrase ‘make the most of it’ is thrown around a lot on your year abroad. Your Granddad tells you before you leave, your uni mate reminds you on Skype when you’re missing home, and you tell it to yourself when justifying another plane ticket purchase that takes you that much further into your overdraft. … More Thanksgiving in Arizona, USA, 2016.
Last week, I experienced something truly and distinctly American: Thanksgiving. Spending Thanksgiving in the US is weirdly exciting for us Brits abroad, as it’s so alien and quaint-seeming (but don’t say that to any Americans, who take it very seriously). I was lucky enough to spend my Thanksgiving with an American family, who particularly enjoy … More My first Thanksgiving – Brockport, USA
Thanksgiving is an American holiday that has been referenced so much in American folklore that even before I set foot on American soil I had a vague idea about what the holiday was: giving thanks for the things we have. And something to do with pilgrims. This year students had a week off (a happy … More Thanksgiving in Boston, MA