1. Why did you choose this particular location to study abroad?
I chose South Africa because I wanted to go somewhere where I won’t meet too many SU students. I wanted to challenge myself in an unfamiliar environment.
2. What was the most meaningful interaction you have had with a local?
I’ve made a good friend during my time here and we talked about what it’s like growing up as Black person post-apartheid. I always enjoy his company and it’s going to be sad to say goodbye.
3. Have you had the opportunity to explore your city? Where have you ventured, and why did you select those places?
I have seen a fair amount of the city. I have went to a few art galleries because art is an important means of communicating one’s story and culture, so I found it imperative to go. I have also made my way to a few restaurants. When I’m another country, you have to try the food!
4. How does your major tie into your study abroad plans?
As a psychology major, I saw this as a way to observe a different set of people with different views on things than that of most Americans. I learned a lot in my psychology class here and I feel that I’ve gained knowledge here that I might not have back home.
5. How has being abroad on your own rather than with family affected your travel experience?
Being abroad on my own has forced me to be more social than normal. I also feel that it provided much more independence. The only person I needed to answer to was myself, which was a nice experience to have and I feel that I’ve grown a lot because of it.