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A Week in Boston

Monday I got on a plane at 6am to catch a flight from Barcelona to Rome in order to make my 10am connection to Boston. I touched down at 230pm and tried to catch my bearings. The attendant at the information desk had such a strong accent that I felt like I still hadn't left Europe. I had never been to Boston and it was quite a surreal experience to leave the familiarity of Barcelona, Rome and Prague and come back into one's own country, but to a foreign city all the same. The sense of belonging I feel in Seattle (where I'm from) wasn't the same even though the passport checker said "welcome home" as I passed through customs in Logan International.

I've never had the opportunity to spend much time on the East Coast, but I quickly fell in love with the city. Granted, the weather had just recently turned for the better and the snow had melted, but it was exactly, yet not at all what I expected. The people in Boston couldn't be nicer--an abrupt difference from what I experienced in Manhattan during the summer of '09.

I was in Boston for a conference, the Forum for Education Abroad where I met many of the high-rollers in the study abroad industry. I went knowing I had a lot to learn, and I left knowing I have a lot to contribute. Because it was my first year, and this was a rather, high-brow event, I made sure to do more listening than talking. Even so, it was great to be among a thousand people as passionate about international education as I am.

My colleague and VP Operations, Bill Martin attended with me, and it was a great opportunity to put our heads together and go over strategy for the next year. We've identified a number of opportunities for improvement in both WSA and the field as a whole, so check back often to see what we're up to!

Comments:

Mary Reagan, Saint Louis University

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The trip to Budapest was amazing! I did not know what to expect from Budapest because my roommate just told me to go with her so I was up for anything, but it ended up being one of my favorite trips so far of my study abroad experience. The hostel we stayed at gave us an excellent taste of the Budapest night life while Bogi took us to places that I definitely would not have been able to get to on my own or had known about if not for her WSA tour. It was a great weekend and I highly recommend it.

Mary Reagan, Saint Louis University ~ St. Louis University, Madrid, Spring 2015

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