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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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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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Ramadan abroad

It’s my last week in Granada. Having been here just shy of five weeks, I’ve been lucky enough to make new friends with some of the most genuinely lovable and perceptive people I’ve ever met. Because it’s currently Ramadan, one of the happiest and most reflective months for Muslims around the
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20 hours in Madrid

Twenty hours is not enough to marathon “Friends,” read the entire Harry Potter series or study for finals — and it’s definitely not long enough to spend in a foreign city. So when I did the math and realized that I had only 20 hours, including sleeping time, to spend in
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Summer abroad: my first week in Madrid

After an exhausting 15-hour journey from Miami, Florida to Madrid, Spain, I finally manage to make it to the center of the city to the student residence where I’ll be spending the next five weeks. It is roughly 4 p.m. on Calle San Bernardo, and the street is hot and empty. I
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Quiz: How fun will your summer actually be?

As finals have just finished, we’re all feeling a sense of euphoric hope for how great our summer will be. However, time has told us that as the summer goes on, some of us will be so bored that we actually miss the time we used to spend cramming in
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How to cope when a friend is studying abroad

December might feel like it was only a week ago, but unfortunately for all you Golden Bears out there, our winter hibernations are already over. Before we can ask ourselves, “Didn’t we just finish finals last week?,” the increasing chimes of our Berkeley e-mails are foreshadowing our impending spring semesters. What will
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What happens when you flush

Plants need healthy, nutrient-rich soil to grow. In the short term, the application of synthetic fertilizers supplies plants with the necessary nutrients. But these added synthetic nutrients can end up posing a toxic threat to aquatic or groundwater ecosystems.
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