1. Why did you choose this particular location to study abroad?
I chose Cape Town because I wanted to go somewhere different and fit into my interests. South Africa is a beautiful country with a very intense history and has something for everyone. You have the ability to go to museums, the beach, safaris, sky diving, and other activities. I was also very interested in the political climate of the country, and I wanted to learn more about the diverse local cultures.
2. What has been your favorite meal?
So far my favorite traditional South African meal has been Bobotie. Bobotie is a ground beef casserole with an egg topping and is served with yellow rice, raisins and butternut squash.
3. How does your major tie into your study abroad plans (internships, classes, languages, etc.)?
As a journalism major I think travelling in general is very important. It helps you understand different cultures and how things are different in other countries. Being in South Africa, which is very politically active, I've learned a lot about politics and the importance of fair media.
4. What do you miss most about Susquehanna while you are away?
I really miss my friends and even some of my professors. UCT is a very large school and I even have to catch a bus to some of my classes, so I also miss the close proximity of classes at SU. Overall the differences in size also have a different culture. At SU I had the ability to have one on one time with my professors if there was a problem, and that option isn't really common at a larger school.
5. What do you anticipate missing most about your study away location?
I will definitely miss the landscape. Cape Town is a very beautiful and vibrant city.
7. If you could describe your experience so far in one word, what would it be?
8. What was the most meaningful interaction you have had with a local?
While waiting for the bus shuttle, I had a very deep conversation with one of my South African classmates. We talked about everything from past experiences to future goals. I learned so much from her and I will always cherish that memory.
9. Have you had the opportunity to explore your city? Where have you ventured, and why did you select those places?
So far I've been all over Cape Town, from the urban Center City and Waterfront, to the township Gugulethu. I have also went to Muizenburg and Kristenbosch, and I am in the process of planning a safari trip with friends before I come back to the US. I selected those places because I really wanted to see the real Cape Town, the "good and the bad". Each place is unique in its own way and have so much to offer. For example, Muizenburg is great for surfing and Kristenbosch is home to one of the most beautiful botanical gardens I have seen in my entire life.
10. What is one thing you would tell students planning to study abroad in your location?
My advice to students that are considering studying in Cape Town to be prepared to venture out of your comfort zone. I would also encourage them to thoroughly research the area