Spain Chose Me

First off, I would like to point out that I did not choose Spain, Spain chose me. That sounds cheesy, but it’s actually true. I had no idea that I would end up doing my study abroad in Spain, but I am so glad that I did. Originally, I was going to study in Thailand for three months, but that was canceled due to the pandemic. Then a new

Study Abroad in Spain

I have always wanted to study abroad after my cousin did a few years back in Prague. She told me all about these amazing people, food, places, and cultures she got to explore. I chose Valencia, Spain partly because it was one of the only places we could choose due to COVID. It ended up being a beautiful place to go and the people could not have be better.

My Summer Study Abroad in Valencia

Studying in Valencia, Spain, over the summer was one of the, if not the, most memorable experiences of my life. Even though Covid-19 made it more difficult to travel while living in Europe and more frustrating residing in Spain. I am still extremely grateful I got to see the places I did and experience the things I did while living in Spain. Not only were the places I saw

Barcelona: My Future Home

During my wonderful time abroad I was able to grow as a person, as a student, and as a traveler. I hit a couple learning curves, including the loss of my cell phone, but I would do it all over again if it meant I would meet all of my new friends and experience life in Spain the way I did. The program was very accommodating to their students

A Virtual Summer in Spain

My study abroad experience was far from typical. Thanks to Covid-19 I experienced the culture and beauty of Spain through a computer screen. That being said, I had a wonderful virtual experience over the summer of 2021. I was still able to learn about the Spanish culture and language all while never leaving my girlfriend behind in Tennessee. The virtual study abroad option is something that I likely never

Public Health in the Tropics

One of the first things I did as soon as I arrived at my freshman orientation was finding the Office of Study Abroad. I have always wanted to travel the world, learn about different cultures, and enjoy different experiences, but I have not always had the chance to do so. When I was a child my family traveled some but not enough for me, which is why I was

My Experience with SIT Netherlands: International Perspectives on Gender, Sexuality, and NGOs

This six-week internship experience positioned the themes of gender, sexuality, and NGO work in a Dutch context, exposing me to a new culture from a remote setting. The SIT program introduced me to literature that made me consider my position as a white woman living in America. This literature also helped me in my work with TheBridge2Hope as I learned about the experiences of sexual exploitation survivors in the

Virtual Internship: Public Health in the Tropics – Kenya

The virtual internship and seminar was a six week distanced learning program comprised of 225 hours. The Public health internship was divided into three mini-internship sites. We spent two weeks per site experiencing the role of the site in improving the public health in Kenya, specifically Kisumu County. The three sites were Kisumu County Department of Health (KCDH), Jaramogi Oginga Odinga Teaching and Referral Hospital (JOOTRH) and Kenya Medical

Post-Virtual Internship Reflection

An internship is an opportunity for any student or professional to get hands-on experience with the field that they are interested in or going into. My internship experience through five weeks of the Summer of 2021 was just that and more. I participated in UTC’s inaugural virtual internship experience in collaboration for the School for International Training (SIT). My program was called India: Virtual Internship in Environment, Development &

Una Cerveza Por Favor

When I thought about studying abroad this past summer, there were many comments that were mentioned telling me that this was a bad summer to go, and it would not be as fun because of Covid. They were wrong. I had the best time of my entire life while I was in Barcelona for 45 days over the summer. Covid-19 has really put a damper on many people’s summer