Monthly Archives: July 2018

Trip of a Lifetime

I took a trip to Nairobi, Kenya in May 2018, along with a group of Honors College and College of Business students. It turned out to be so different from my expectations. We had a group of fourteen students, accompanied by chaperones, travel to Limuru (about an hour from Nairobi). The organization EDUAFRICA paired us with the CARE for AIDS program. Through that program, we were paired with an

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Authentic Africa

While I was in Kenya, I experienced so much more than what I anticipated. Before departure, we were trained in culture shock to prepare us for the trip. However, I think this was completely unnecessary as there is nothing that can really prepare one for an experience like this. I thought that I was ready for how different the culture was in Kenya, but there isn’t much you can

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Chapati na Chai Tafadhali

My feelings toward the time I spent in Kenya have confounded me in a unique way. While there, I was a daily witness to a common spirit of ceaseless gratitude and contentment, two of the many characteristics that I have begun trying to emulate. Of course I am grateful for my experience there; the trip taught me invaluable lessons, but I also feel as though three and a half

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The Spirit of Harambee

Kenya was probably the most incredible place I will ever go. It is hard to sum up how much this trip meant to me and the impact it made. I got to go on Safari for three days and see some of nature’s most incredible wildlife. Lions, elephants, cheetahs, all just feet away from me outside the car. I got to spend time with so many incredible locals and

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Asante Sana

Originally I had always thought that I would study abroad in a country such as the United Kingdom, Italy, or Australia; never did it even cross my mind to study in a country in Africa. Not a knock against Africa or Kenya but traditionally these places are far less frequently migrated to by American students.  So when I noticed an email on utc.edu about the business/honors college trip to

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Giraffes Do Create Traffic

Studying abroad in Kenya was the most challenging task I’ve approached as a student. I felt I mentally prepared well by leaving as many expectations and preconceived notions behind. There will always be some notions you can’t drop, but those seem to be the talking points upon return. For example, I felt I would experience traffic being slowed by passing wild animals blocking the street. On our return drive

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African Not Believe I Went to Kenya

On May 5th, 2018, I graduated from the University with a Bachelors degree in Business: Marketing, and on May 6th, 2018, I boarded a plane with a final destination of Nairobi, Kenya. Prior to this experience, my abroad travels were limited to cruises and one round trip to the Dominican Republic. I had always wanted to study abroad and began to accept that it would never happen until I

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My Month in Kenya

I spent the month of May studying abroad in Kenya! I chose to study in Kenya because it has always been on my bucket list to go to Africa. I thought the best way to learn about African culture would be through immersion. There is a difference between traveling to a country for vacation and living there for four weeks. I was able to fully immerse myself into a

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Fun Times in Florence

I had always wanted to go to Italy, but I never thought college would bring me that experience! I chose to study abroad because I wanted to grow as a person; I wanted to be pushed outside of my comfort zone in a way that I have never had to push myself before. I wanted to be immersed in another country’s culture, and understand why that culture is so

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Interning Abroad in Chiang Mai, Thailand

I am nursing student who interned abroad at Ban Mon Clinic in the wonderful city Chiang Mai, Thailand, the “Land of Smiles.” Every day in Chiang Mai was filled with adventure, and every day I learned something new. My time was spent working at a local clinic cleaning and bandaging wounds, traveling to patients’ homes for wellness-visits, watching and assisting with medical procedures, and much more. I learned many

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