Category: ASIA PACIFICA

Part 1: Introduction and First Few Weeks in Japan

The land of wonder that is Japan strikes curiosity in many around the globe, including myself. Ever since I was a child, I have always held a particular interest in Japan and its rich history, which ultimately lead me to pursue a degree in and specialize in Japanese history. I had always dreamed of going ...

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How To Deal With Fear While Abroad

When I was in Seoul, Florida was hit by Hurricane Irma. 3.8 million people were told to not only to evacuate their homes but to leave the state entirely and so while in South Korea, there was not much I could do to help my loved ones stay safe back in Florida. The only consolation ...

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Week 2 in Japan: Beppu, Hiroshima, and the beginnings of Kyoto

Week two of Japan has still been as exciting as the first, every day loaded with new experiences that I've been constantly trying to soak in. For our time time in Japan the more I experience the cities we visit, the more I know that despite the one month we are there, I am only ...

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Expectations – Fukuoka Bound

Hello! My name is Jon Whitman, I'm a fourth year student at USF and I received the Genshaft/Greenbaum Passport Scholarship Endowed Fund for my program to Japan. Below is a little bit about myself, my aspirations, and my program expectations. Sorry for the late post! My mother was born and raised in Palau, a tiny ...

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Thriving in the Land of Prayers and Snakes – Things I Wish I Had Known Going Into India

*To be fair, I didn't see a single snake during my trip, not even deep in the jungle.  A guide told me that I would have seen a bunch of them had I spent more time on the Eastern coast.   This past summer, I had the opportunity of a lifetime for someone in my ...