2 Weeks Down, 2 To Go
Jul16

2 Weeks Down, 2 To Go

Well… a lot has happened in the last 2 weeks so here it goes: Day 1-2 – We were all quite exhausted when we arrived so we spent the first day in Accra resting and relaxing. The second day was Republic Day so we visited the monument and museum for the first president, the University of Accra and the medical school. Day 3 – We spent the morning exploring Elmina (the city where we stay and work). In the afternoon we...

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UA Global Health in Ghana: How’d I get here?
Jun30

UA Global Health in Ghana: How’d I get here?

Hi there! My name is Beka and I am a rising sophomore at the Capstone. Around Thanksgiving of this past year, I was scrolling through different websites on my laptop and ended up looking at the different study abroad programs. The global health in Ghana caught my eye since I had never been to Ghana and knew that since I was younger I wanted to go on a doctors without borders type mission one day. I applied to the program, thinking...

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Advice to Future Study Abroad Students
Jun21

Advice to Future Study Abroad Students

My best piece of advice for future study abroad students is to have an open mind. I really like to make plans and stick to them, but things do not always follow through. For example, I was really looking forward to visiting Machu Picchu while in Peru, but we were unable to fly into Cuzco. We were all devastated, but we had more time to get to know each other while we were waiting at the airport and exploring Lima. While I definitely...

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Learning Spanish and Medicine
May23

Learning Spanish and Medicine

Here in Peru, the language is Spanish. Since I have been studying Spanish since high school, I felt prepared coming into the country. Even though I have never been immersed in country with native speakers, I was confident in my language abilities, especially after taking a conversational Spanish class during the spring semester. However, I knew there would be challenges because most of my practice was with nonnative speakers. Although...

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Study Abroad: The Decision Process
May03

Study Abroad: The Decision Process

I am so excited to go abroad! I have always wanted to travel abroad, especially to a Spanish-speaking country. Though I have learned about Hispanic culture, I have never had the opportunity to experience it first hand, which I would love to do. I have taken Spanish classes since kindergarten, and I hope to improve my skills by interacting with native speakers. For these reasons I tried to choose a program that was in a Hispanic...

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Ciao Firenze!
Jul25

Ciao Firenze!

Italy is beautiful, even more beautiful than I thought. I am enjoying living with my Italian mother, Anastasia. I was worried about living with an Italian family because I thought it might be awkward, but she is wonderful, hospitable, and so kind to both me and my housemates. Learning a language abroad is much more difficult than I imagined. Before I got here, I romanticized the experience and thought about how cool it would be to...

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