East-Meets-West: A Reluctant Comparison

“You will never be completely at home again, because part of your heart always will be elsewhere. That is the price you pay for the richness of loving and knowing people in more than one place.” ― Miriam Adeney How does one compare two very distinct experiences? It’s almost impossible but also grossly unfair. Why…

Why Choose the Split-Year?

When pressed to decide whether to stay at one institution for a whole year or to choose the split-year, I was in a terrible conundrum. Remaining in America would give me the freedom to travel north, south, east and west (basically as many places as I could physically squeeze in), immerse myself in all of the typical American college experiences like joining a sorority,…

University of Massachusetts, USA and Hong Kong University

When I began my studies at UEA nearly three years ago I never pictured myself spending my year abroad in two such different parts of the world. I spent my first term studying at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst enjoying the amazing Fall scenery and immersing myself in aspects of American culture that I…