All that is gold does not glitter,
Not all those who wander are lost;
The old that is strong does not wither,
Deep roots are not reached by the frost.

From the ashes a fire shall be woken,
A light from the shadows shall spring;
Renewed shall be blade that was broken,
The crownless again shall be king



Four to go!

That’s right there are four steps to go in my¬†application¬†process to study in Palma, but before I get into that let me give you a brief overview of what I have done. (If you make it to the end there is a video treat) ūüôā


  1. Basic Information and academic information Рthis information is simple and fill in the  blank. If you have ever filled out a scholarship or job application, or college application for that matter. This will be easy and basic. Time ~ 20 min
  2. Transcripts – this process was easy enough. All I was required to do was send a copy of my oficial transcript to their offices. Time ~5 min
  3. Terms and conditions of the program РWhile this should be a simple enough task, I experienced a lot of user error while completing this portion. When you are required to read the terms and conditions it opens a window which fills your scree. I did not realize this and was closing out and reloading the previous page so the program would not let me confirm that I had read the terms and conditions. However this was also when I realized how wonderfully helpful the staff at CIEE are as they assisted me through this process. There were no hitches once I asked for help. time (me) ~ 1 hr. (should be) ~ 5 min.
  4. Various Submissions in Progress Рthere are several forms that you have to send out to other parties to have filled out, most importantly a confirmation that your university will accept credit for your time abroad and a language proficiency form filled out by a recent professor.


  1. This is the BIG ONE: An essay which shows both my skill at writing is Spanish but also my reasons for wanting to study in Palma de Mallorca.
  2. Scholarship info: this one seams self¬†explanatory. Gotta wait for my taxes to be done though! ūüôā
  3. My passport scan: OK so this has ore to do with I keep forgetting to bring my passport to work than anything else, but if you are looking to apply you should get your passport in order. Otherwise you will be waiting on something silly to submit your application
  4. A meeting with my study abroad advisor: set up for next TUESDAY!

OK the video


To those of you who still visit this site, let me apologize, I have been unfaithful to you and broken my promises to write and for that I am ashamed. This year has brought new trials and tribulations, new joys and work that I did not expect. I know I have not kept to my writing since October so let me do two things. 1. I do not promise to write consistently just relevantly. 2. I promise to keep you updated on some EXCITING NEWS! I have begun the application process!!!!!!

That is right! I have begun the application to study in Palma de Mallorca Spain! I am so excited it is kind of hard to hold it in. I have just filled out the basic information and I still have a long way to go, but I hope by the end of the month I will be asking for you to wish me luck as the application is submitted. 

This is where I want to be!

Little Island. Big Dream.

Today’s word is “Isla(s).”

Pronounced E-sla, this is the Spanish word for island(s).

There is said to be a strong sense of unity and fortitude associated with living on an island. The sense of isolation, founded in reality or not, brings communities together as they protect and sustain themselves. I dream of this community and of being a part of it and finding my lake state has become an island state.