Monthly Archives: July 2018

Redefining

For approximately a month, I had the privilege of expanding the horizons of my educational repertoire in Kenya. I participated in an innovation lab that was jointly pioneered by the Honors College and College of Business where students were granted the opportunity to engage with Kenyan entrepreneurs who had been affected by HIV/AIDS. Our objective was to practice cross-cultural engagement, assessment, and problem-solving, so the entrepreneurs would have more

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A Home Away From Home

I decided to study abroad in Italy mostly to see if I would want to live there in the future. I’ve never been away from home for a month before and I really had to adjust to the differences. I have a severe dairy allergy, which means no cheese, milk, etc. at all. I was very surprised at how easy it is for me to eat or find vegan

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UTC to UCT

I spent the Spring 2018 semester in Cape Town, South Africa, studying sustainability and the environment through CIEE. I chose this location for the program specifically, but it ended up being a great choice for many reasons: the outdoor and active lifestyle (surfing, shark diving, seal swimming, hiking, biking, climbing, beaching, paragliding, sandboarding, etc.), the weather (goodbye TN humidity), the cultural experience (this country has 11 official languages and

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Balkan Adventures

We all have our reasons for studying abroad, and we decide to embark on that journey which changes us in the most unexpected ways. Studying abroad in Chile during my undergraduate career helped me grow as a young woman in the most beautiful ways as I was challenged, inspired, loved, and embraced. It was a life changing event, which even led me to achieve my master’s degree today. To learn about a region that has had major political and cultural changes in recent times and where countries are seeking to find their identity and establish themselves was my

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Culture Shock is a Good Thing

Throughout my Study Abroad experience in Germany, I have truly gained knowledge and understanding about new and different cultures. During our trip, we saw the most breathtaking views that you wouldn’t come across in your typical hometown. The food, places, people, and environment were better than I had imagined they would be. As this being my first time out of the country, I saw everything from a different point

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Studying Abroad in the Balkans

I chose to study in the Balkans because I had never seen a short-term trip offered that included so many places. I needed three more credit hours to graduate and with the tuition cap it was actually inexpensive compared to taking one regular (non-study abroad) class in the summer. It also meant I would be done with school quicker. What better way is there to finish undergrad than traveling

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Experiencing the Daily Life of Others

This past March, I choose to spend my spring break in Hungary as part of a class about minority populations in Eastern Europe. Focusing on the Jewish, Roma, and German populations of the country. It is at this point I should state that this trip was my first time ever leaving North America, and I am very happy that this was my introduction to the region. The class and

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Looking Back on my Study Abroad Experience

This past month in Spain has been an excellent experience for me. After returning, the next day I immediately wanted to go back. I really loved the culture, way of life, people, my classes, and especially the things to do and see in Spain and Europe. Each day I was there I had a new experience and learned something new. The entire trip was educational, but regarding the school

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My Kenya Experience

I had the amazing opportunity to go to Kenya this summer. This trip was unique because we were working with entrepreneurs with HIV AIDS to innovate for their small businesses. While abroad I met incredible people, like my entrepreneur partner, Jane. I was also able to learn about myself by reflecting on my experiences. We were immersed in their culture throughout the trip. Some of my favorite experiences include the three day safari

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Kristi in Kenya

Studying abroad with the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga’s College of Business and Honors College was an incredible opportunity that I will never forget. With this experience I was able to travel to Kenya, earn credit hours, and gain some amazing relationships with fellow students back at UTC along the way. I chose to study abroad in Kenya, because of the unique opportunity I was offered. Right when I

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