Julia Jets Around

Hey everyone! Thanks for joining us for the second installment of our “Where are we AT?” series, featuring our very own Julia Aijkens. Julia has been spending her summer studying in Dubai, Barcelona and The Netherlands. So rid yourself of the Monday blues and live vicariously through Julia’s travels!

1. What city/country(s) are you trave11391554_10206858830413095_7338494114316769191_nling in this summer?

Dubai/Barcelona/The Netherlands

2. How long will you be there?

Two weeks in Dubai/two weeks in Barcelona/eight weeks in The Netherlands

3. What are you doing there?

Dubai and Barcelona combined was a study abroad program. In The Netherlands, I’m also taking classes but more on my own while visiting family and friends.

4. Why did you decide to go there?

I found about the study abroad opportunity through a brochure I picked up and mentioned it to my parents. After I found out that they were totally supportive, it became an opportunity I couldn’t pass up. Dubai and Barcelona were two places I’d never been before.

11693977_10203676943757960_4548406795525119386_n5. What has been your favorite moment of your time abroad so far?

There is no way I could distinguish one favorite moment but hands down the best part has been the people. From all the other students I met on the trip to Dubai and Barcelona, to seeing my family and friends in The Netherlands, and all of the other interesting and kind people in between, they are the ones who have made this trip worth while and so memorable.

6. What’s your biggest takeaway from your travels so far?

The memories I’ve made, and hopefully the memories to come, with the people I’ve been lucky enough to get to know through these travels is for sure my biggest takeaway.

7. Has your time in AT made you more confident in trying new things? 1978848_10153384380983349_3600903592911799001_n

The support I got from fellow members in AT has been unreal. Having the people who surround you be excited about what you’re doing definitely gives you that extra boost of confidence to go out there and explore uncharted territories.

8. What are you most looking forward to when you return?

I’m excited to go back with these new experiences in my pocket and possibly start looking at things in a different way. I also think being away for so long makes you re-appreciate your home and the people in it. Not to mention football season.

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Tabbi Takes Mauritius

We’re back with the first installment of our “Where are we AT?” series. Our first featured member is Tabbi, who just returned from a month interning in Mauritius. Here’s what Tabbi has to say about her travels!11425257_10204492175083878_5619877697317624398_n

1. What city/country(s) are you traveling to this summer?

Mauritius, an island off the coast of Madagascar.

2. How long were you there?

I was there about 4 and half weeks!

3. What are you doing there?

I had an internship with AIESEC. I was part of a nonprofit advertising campaign, to inform and motivate the youth of Mauritius to stay in school

4. Why did you decide to go?

The internship was perfect for my major. I was interested in how nonprofit campaigns are, along with the beautiful beaches and mountains in Mauritius. It was somewhere complete different.

5. What has been your favorite moment of your time abroad?

The program I was in had interns from all over the world. Just hanging out and getting along with people from different countries was by far the best. Of course this wasn’t a moment, but the people by far were the best part of the experience.

10368199_10204515985679128_6982905298357104120_n6. What’s your biggest takeaway from your travels?

My communication skills are crazy better. I learned how to communicate with people of different languages and how to be a leader to many. I went to Mauritius without anyone, so I had to quickly make friends with both interns and locals.

7. Has your time in AT made you more confident in trying new things?

Seeing people in AT traveling all the time, rubbed off on me. AT’s diversity of people has made me want to try new things in both Austin and Mauritius. A few years ago, I wouldn’t have even attempted to talk to anyone or had the maturity to travel by myself. AT has given me the confidence to be outgoing and more comfortable with just being myself. I want to meet new people now and see different stuff in Austin. I finally have the energy and excitement to get off my couch and do something different.

8. What are you most looking forward to when you return?

Actual meat haha. But being on an island was difficult. There was some people that never left and didn’t’ like change. After you saw the entire island there wasn’t much else to do. That’s what so great about the US and Texas itself. You can always travel by car to somewhere new. Also, I really missed my friends. Seeing all ya’ll’s Snapchats made me sad. And Cheers (my dog), missed her more than anything lol.

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Where are we AT?

Summer is in full swing and the members of Absolute Texxas are taking full advantage of these precious few months. With such an active and diverse crew, we knew that Absolute Texxas would be taking on the world this summer. However, we didn’t realize just how literal this would be. The map below show just how wide-spread our globe-trotting members are traveling this summer. Untitled design-2Throughout the summer we’ll be featuring several members and their travels. Some will be interning and others studying abroad, but all will return in the fall with even more to offer Absolute Texxas and UT Austin. We always say that an organization is only as strong as its members, and we’re feeling pretty good about all of ours.