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Education 101

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While the semester is well underway at UC Berkeley with round two of midterms creeping up, in Sydney classes have barely begun. Although it may now only be week two for me, it’s all I’ve needed to notice how different the American and Australian systems are. Block schedules Everyone brags when
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Carpe (per) diem

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As college students, we always seem to be complaining about our lack of money. Budgeting is really just an added burden to studying, sleeping and doing laundry, and it’s all too easy to open our wallets and let those little green papers take care of our troubles. No wonder students find themselves short on
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Cottonwood-Marble Backpacking Loop, Death Valley

Everything was against us as we set out to complete The Cottonwood-Marble Canyon Backpacking Loop — 27 miles in two days and 35-pound backpacks. There was a chance that the natural water sources wouldn’t be running, because Death Valley is a desert, so we could’ve easily run out of water. There was
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How to spot an American abroad

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Being abroad is an amazing way to immerse yourself in a new culture and experience a way of living that’s different and exciting. Since arriving in Australia and living near the university I’ll be attending, I’ve began to notice that it’s quite easy to tell who is local and who is just visiting — namely, from America.
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Nowhere to go but everywhere

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Last weekend I was sitting on my bed and binge-watching Netflix for the umpteenth time, carefree and very content with my present situation. It wasn’t until Netflix thoughtlessly checked in with me to ask if I was “still there” that I caught myself in the realization that I had not
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Throw another shrimp on the barbie?

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Culture shock, according to the Oxford Dictionary, is “the feeling of disorientation experienced by someone when they are suddenly subjected to an unfamiliar culture, way of life or set of attitudes.” Sounds easy enough to understand. When you’re in a new place, you face difficulties trying to adjust to a new culture.
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