Tag Archives: Reflection

The Realities of Medellin

Ever since a young age, I knew I wanted to travel the world. Because of that, studying abroad had always been a dream of mine! Luckily, Marymount has a significant amount of countries one can visit to explore the world and develop cultural awareness which I took advantage of.

 Last semester, I traveled to Medellin, Colombia. When I arrived, it didn’t take too long for me to understand the fact that Colombians are sick of being associated with “Narcos” because Colombia has changed significantly since the Civil wars between Narcos, the government, and paramilitaries of the last few decades. Continue reading

What a Trip

Kia Ora!

I hope everyone is staying safe, healthy and happy during these unprecedented times. Due to the pandemic, the girls and I returned to the States about a week early. It was a crazy adventure to say the least. Continue reading

Grieving the Loss of Study Abroad

My actual study abroad is over. When that really hit me, I went through a grieving process. The first couple of day after arriving home were like a blur. I was emotionally, mentally, and physically exhausted from the stress of trying to get home. After sleeping well and eating a lot of good food, the reality of what happened hit me. I realized that I wouldn’t be studying abroad, my semester living abroad was over. Continue reading

I’ve Been Vegetarian for 3 Weeks!

So, I have not been vegetarian completely. I have indulged in some chicken, beef and fish a handful of times. Changing diets so quickly was a lot more simple than I thought it would be. Although I have rejected many food combinations I have been very open to the way my host family eats.

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Being Black abroad: Do you see yourself?

In this blog post, I am specifically writing to my minority readers.

As you begin to settle into the routine of life abroad, you begin to look around. You become aware of the people around you. The realization that there is no one around that looks like you hits you. For me, this means every single room I walk into, I am the darkest person with the coarsest hair. I immediately stand out.  Continue reading

It’s The Little Things

There is the saying “You don’t know what you have ‘till it’s gone” and that is just a fact of life. Especially when you are living outside of a country and the norms and cultures are very different from what you are used to. Depending on where you are living, you can sometimes miss the things that you are so used to seeing in your everyday life. Continue reading

Para-Panamerican Games!

To be completely honest, before coming to Peru, I did not know the Panamerican games existed.  I don’t think I would have even known what the Panamericans were if they were not hosted in Peru this year. All around the streets of Jesus Maria, I would see banners with the hashtag #jugamostodos and have no idea what the sign meant. Our program coordinator finally explained what the games were, and every meeting she would mention the games and how cheap the tickets were. Continue reading

Your Experience Is Not a Stereotype [Vlog]

Your Experience is not a Stereotype is about not allowing your perception or some else’s perception on the world around you change how you experience a world outside your comfort zone. This concept can be applied to numerous scenarios. It is okay to be frightened it is normal, but keep an open mind.

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Who Discovered America

The Native American population is arguably one of the most underrepresented populations in the United States. In the US 2% of the population is Native American compared to Peru’s 25.7% indigenous population. While there is a significant difference in the amount of indigenous people in the US, there are also significant differences in how both Peru and the United States treat their indigenous community. Continue reading

“Studying Abroad is Basically a Vacation, Right?”

The typical study abroad student posts beautiful pictures on Instagram of the beach. On their snapchat story they include the geo-tag of the cool location they are visiting that weekend. Friends comment “live your best life”, hyping up each and every picture vicariously living through their experience.This all contributes to the perception that studying abroad is a semester long vacation. As much as I wish I could write about life changing trips to the beach sipping margaritas on a Tuesday afternoon, I can’t. Continue reading

A Remote Village or a Cultural Epicenter?

Hi again! Luckily enough for myself, I recently got to go on the marine biology trip with Dr. Rimkus and, not to be dramatic but, it was one of my favorite trips I have taken.

If you want to be immersed in a foreign culture, this is definitely the program for you. Dr. Rimkus worked closed with Ms. Nancy, both the owner of a small hotel we stayed in and on the board for his organization, Hawksbill Hope, that works both on tagging, tracking, and protecting the Hawksbill sea turtles of Gales Point, Belize, and aims to raise money for scholarships for the local children to enter high school. Anyways, Ms. Nancy made most of our itinerary around the both the best and more culturally immersive activities in Belize. We were able to go snorkeling, go manatee watching, go tubing through caves, walk through a savannah, and jungles, find the first green turtle tagged in Belize (big shout out to Rimkus’s favorite class), and so much more while we were there. Continue reading

Picking Your Perspective: How A Short Trip Can Switch Your Own Views On Home

Hi there! For just a quick introduction, my name is Sofie Gutierrez and I am an upcoming sophomore newly majoring in psychology and minoring in sociology. I have always been interested in cultures and politics; they always seemed much more relevant to everyone’s day to day lives than people give them credit for. Anyways, when I found the global classroom series for Portugal, I was ecstatic. I was able to study human rights, specifically with immigration, and I was able to finally get myself to Europe, a long time dream of mine. Continue reading

Preparing for Goodbye

As you can imagine, panic has finally settled in. Not only do I only have two weeks left in Korea, but I have to spend most of it studying for finals, packing, and preparations for next semester. Korea has become another home, I’ve built a bond with the school, the students in my classes, and overall I’ve built friendships. I’m worried these last weeks will be so hectic, I won’t be able to reflect on all the people and places I’ve bonded with. I’ve had my ups and downs here in Korea, but overall Korea has been a positive and amazing experience. I’m not going to lie: I miss my family and friends back home so much! I’m excited to get back home to California, and then Virginia for school, but I know I will begin to miss Korea. I wonder what it will feel like to be back in the US. Continue reading

Cultural or Political?

On November 16th, Korea University held their annual International Cultural Festival. This festival is held to give all international students opportunity to share their culture with both the Korean and other international students. To share one’s culture, it was asked to provide food and drinks mainly. Each culture that volunteers for the festival is given their own booth. It was encouraged to decorate and/or provide fun games about their homeland. With permission and help from the KUBA team, the students meet up and plan what they want to serve the students and what products they will need to fulfill their plan. As advertised, the Facebook announcement expressed it as a “opportunity to share and experience cultures from all around the world”. Continue reading