Peru: An Impactful Experience

  I selected the study abroad trip to Peru because South America has always been on my list of places to visit. While traveling abroad, I truly feel as if I learned what I initially intended to learn and so much more that I had not anticipated learning. After reading about the business climate in this country, I felt as if I had a healthy grasp on what it

An Unconventional Semester Abroad

This past fall, I had the amazing privilege of spending my semester across the globe, living, learning, and growing in the North Indian state of Uttarkhand with the National Outdoor Leadership School (usually called NOLS). With NOLS, myself and nine other students learned about the culture, history, ecology, and geography of India, all while backpacking, whitewater rafting, and experiencing the natural beauty the country has to offer. With NOLS, I earned twelve hours

Chilling in Chile

It was difficult to have many expectations before choosing to study abroad. I had a lot of questions beforehand like: what would the food be like? What would my homestay family be like? Would I just want to go home? But each google search only brought more questions. Finally, I decided to just make the leap. I chose the SIT Cultural Identity, Social Justice, and Community Development fall semester

Migration Study in Mexico

I chose to study abroad with the School for International Training (SIT), for the first semester of their Mexico: Migration, Borders, and Transnational Communities program. The intent of the program was to engage with migratory theory in the classroom, migratory experience within communities, and migratory work or research during the independent period at the end of the semester. This type of educational opportunity spoke to me personally, as I

Around Peru in Eight Days

In December, 2018 I visited Peru through the International Business Experience course at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga (UTC). Traveling to Peru I knew we would be visiting other businesses; however, I did not realize the educational experience that would accompany it. Our first visit was to the American Chamber of Commerce of Peru which works to further develop the free market system in Peru as well as

Life Changing Experiences in India

In coming back from a semester based in Delhi, India with program SIT Study Abroad, the incredible difference in cultures and people strikes me off guard. The face of consumerism and a separate world look me in the eye as I drive out of the airport and back to my home in Memphis, Tennessee. Delhi was an enormous city with some 20 million people living there. The city was rich with history, sights

Peru for a Summer Christmas

What better way to celebrate the end of not only a busy fall semester, but additionally the completion of my Master of Accountancy program, by escaping the cold weather for warmth in Peru?! As another phase of my time at UTC comes to an end, the international business experience course to Peru through the Rollins’ College of Business represents my ninth and final abroad endeavor with the university for

Interning Abroad in Asia

One year ago I started looking into what options there were to go abroad. I am a civil engineering major, so I knew my options were limited due to the classes I need being very specific. In addition, I was already going to have to take an extra semester so I knew I didn’t want to get any further behind. Thus, when I found out about the opportunity to

My European Adventure

I studied abroad through the CIEE summer in Prague program. CIEE was absolutely wonderful and so helpful throughout the month I was in Prague. When my luggage was lost when I first arrived, they would call the airport for me because I could not communicate with the airport staff due to the language barrier. They would help with physical health needs, mental health needs, academic needs, and whatever else

Tropical Trip

My study abroad experience was (mostly) in Monteverde, Costa Rica studying Sustainability for the Tropics. The first half of this course focused on visiting energy production sites in the San Jose and Cartago area, like local windmills and a hydro-electric dam, listening to experts speak on their work, and studying the material in lecture style classes. Half-way through, this course changed to adopt a hands-on approach that lead to