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    Stephanie Torres

    Stephanie is the Community Programs and Events Manager for ACHS. She produces the study abroad programs and runs the alumni-success coaching program. Stephanie loves to write about experiences that allow the reader to feel as if they were there. She is passionate about travel, music and helping people manifest their dreams. Her perfect day would be spent wandering around a foreign city, talking with locals and seeing the sights, followed by an evening of dancing to the music of the region.

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    Sep 21, 2016 1:36:30 PM
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    Seek First to Understand: Personal Responsibility in Communication

    In the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, Stephen Covey coined the phrase, “Seek first to understand, then to be understood.” Such a simple and powerful phrase. But how can we understand someone else’s point of view when we haven’t looked...

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    Sep 7, 2016 2:00:00 PM
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    Study Abroad: What is Ayurvedic Medicine Like in India?

    Last April, ACHS President Dorene Petersen and I traveled to the beautiful country of India. One of the highlights of my trip was Prajna Kuteera, a center for Ayurveda and yoga outside of Mysore. As we drove through the crowds and dry, dusty...

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    Aug 30, 2016 3:10:11 PM
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    How to Know If You’re Ready to Be an Entrepreneur

    Starting a business sounds so glamorous, doesn’t it? We can call our own shots, set our own hours, have it be just what WE want...no answering to anyone.  

    Sounds easy, right? Wrong. Passion aside, starting and maintaining a business takes a lot...

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    Aug 16, 2016 4:58:19 PM
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    What’s So Healthy About the Mediterranean Diet?

    Why did the chef add more oregano to the sauce? He was making up for lost thyme….

    Okay, okay, I know. But, as I settle into my kitchen to prepare my favorite dish, I can’t help but feel playful and elated. This is a dish I could literally eat...

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    Jul 13, 2016 4:23:42 PM
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    India Study Abroad: What Handmade Products are Made in India?

    As we traveled from city to city, experiencing the nuances of each new village through the window of the car, I was struck by the disparity between how I usually spend my days and how many in India spend theirs. There is a basic level of living...

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    Jun 29, 2016 11:49:41 AM
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    Traveling to Marayoor Sandalwood Forest in India | achs.edu

    We settle into giddy, tense bursts of laughter as our driver, Thomas, slowly traverses the 27 hairpin turns leading into Munnar. We make jokes about being saved from Bengal Tigers as the next curve reveals a thick banyan tree with roots strong...

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    Jun 21, 2016 9:00:00 AM
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    Study Abroad in India: How Silk is Produced

    We wrestle free from the gridlock traffic of Bangalore, and begin down the long road to Mysore. On the way, we stop at one of the many coconut lean-tos, where our lady in her bright-pink sari deftly takes a machete to the tough coconut husk,...

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