Global Engagement Day

Global Engagement Day

I chose to sit in on the talk about the Fulbright discussion this year for Global Engagement Day. If you do not know what the Fulbright Scholarship is, it is a scholarship that fully funds a year aboard with either research or an English teaching assistantship. I was really interesting to hear all their stories aboard about either their research or teaching experience. I didn’t know that most of the research done through Fulbright were research that was done before the program started. One of the students conducted research in Beijing about the housing problem. I thought it was interesting because I wouldn’t think about to do research on a subject like that. If I ever got the Fulbright scholarship, I would want to pursue it for the English Teaching Assistantship. It would an amazing experience to do!

Let’s Taco About It

Let’s Taco About It

Latino Flavor was really great this year. As always, they had a bunch of different Hispanic foods to try. My favorite was probably the ceviche. Being a sweet tooth, I love the variety of desserts they had to offer. While people were enjoying their lunch, Latino Flavor had live performances. When I was there, there was a live band with a wonderful lead singer. Wow, I wish I had a voice like her! After their performance, there was a group of dancers. I am not sure what nationality they were, but they were performing a traditional folk dance. I loved their dresses because they were so vibrant and they moved so beautifully as the girls danced. Can’t wait for Latino Flavor next year!

Holá España

Holá España

I am so excited to announce that I am going to spend next Fall in Madrid at La Universidad de Alcala to finish up my Spanish minor! I’ve booked my plane tickets, bought my suitcase, and ready for an adventure of a lifetime. I thought about other Spanish speaking countries to study aboard, but I really wanted to travel around, experiencing everything that I can as time permits me. So I chose to study in Spain. I chose this program especially for their class that allows students to follow and shadow doctors at a local hospital. It is an amazing experience because I heard that student get to see a lot of interesting things around the hospital. One of the students that took that class told me that on her first week shadowing that she got to scrub in and watch a C-section. That’s pretty cool!

I know it is going to be hard, but I am ready to experience a whole four month aboard. What is even better is that my best friend is going to join me and we are going to experience this together! I can’t wait to see what Spain holds for me!

Goodbye Roma!

Goodbye Roma!

Today was the last day that we were going to be in Rome. We started the day with a meeting with the International Organization of Migrants. This was the most interesting by far. We learned that this week at least 3000 migrants had come to Italian shores and about 800-900 had died. All the facts and information that he gave was so interesting. I didn’t know that there was a higher person involved moving the migrants across the Mediterranean. They don’t really care whether or not of the well-beings of the migrants. The smugglers in fact will only put enough gas to get the boat half way or give the migrants life jackets that the stuffing has been replaced. The meeting was very eye open to me about all the immigration issues that are occurring right before my eyes. It’s pretty cool to be in Italy as it one of the main countries that migrants are coming to from Africa, the Middle East, and other areas.

Later in the day, we had our last class with Dr. Cruise. She asked us if we were changed from our experience on this trip. Personally, this trip has been so eye opening to not only the Italian and European culture, but also of the American culture. This trip was very introspective as I learned that the United States is more influential than I had thought. Every Italian and meeting that we went mentioned the election and Donald Trump. One in particular struck me the most. I was getting a sandwich at this small place when this Italian man began to talk to me. In our discussion, he asked me about if I was going to vote for Hilary or Trump. He then even mentioned that he was scared of the things that can occurred if Trump is elected president.  It is kind of sad to me that us, Americans, do not pay attention to world politics and are ignorant about other countries, when probably know our own country better than us.

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