Honors College

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Honors Thesis

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I studied abroad for two semesters during the 2011-2012 academic year; I spent the first semester in Bilbao, Spain and the second in Cork, Ireland. Over the course of this experience, I got to know my host cities, traveled widely, and wrote a lengthy blog about my experience. The blog covers not only my experiences but also observations and historical accounts: I connected what I did with the greater context of the places I was in. Study abroad proved to be transformative, something the blog shows. I have chosen to use the blog as the basis of my thesis because it tracks a coming-of-age story I believe many people share; I illustrate this with a selection of blog posts as well as an essay. I discuss the questions many people ask of themselves and of their cultures while traveling: in so doing, I have shown, in part, why travel is so important.

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