This past July, I had the amazing opportunity to be able to study abroad as an undergraduate student. I participated in the Spanish Language and Culture Program that was based in Madrid, Spain for a course of 4 weeks led by a touring agency called FORSPRO. I participated in this program for two reasons: I have friends that have participated in the program before me and enjoyed it and it was a Binghamton-based program, so I liked that my grades would affect my GPA. Before I went abroad, I have no idea what I was getting myself into. I am the middle child of 5 and before I left, I have never traveled outside of the east coast of the United States. I remember when my grandmother and brother dropped me off at the airport and I was holding in all my emotions, pretending like I had it all together, when inside, I was truly mortified. I remember going through security at JFK Airport and the guards questioning my behavior, which I explained was because this was my first time leaving the country let alone by myself.
Continue reading Studying in Spain this past summer helped me achieve some of my personal goals. The trip showed me that I am capable of being more outgoing and to reach out of my comfort zone
My participation in the Malawi Service Learning program was a remarkable and unforgettable experience. Before embarking on this journey abroad I was an excited ball of nerves. I knew that this experience would make an impact on my life in ways I wasn’t yet aware of. During my time in Malawi I met many people that were simply put, incredible. They took the little resources they had and made the most of it. The participation in this particular program allowed me the opportunity to see the people of Malawi not through the eyes or interpretation of others, but for myself. I was able to interact, play, and share ideas with the young kids and adults involved with the Malawi ‘M’bwana’ Children’s Mission (MCM). This organization will continue to have a place in my heart and the people at MCM who are some of the driving force behind such a phenomenal mission will change lives forever. The children of the three villages who are involved with MCM are lucky, in my opinion, to have such a strong community raising them. My time in Malawi portrayed the physical depiction of the well known saying, “It takes a village to raise a child
Continue reading No one could’ve prepared me for how much I would fall in love with the children, adults, and country of Malawi.
Now that I’m in my final year of my undergraduate program at Binghamton University, everything is quickly becoming nostalgic and bittersweet; even though it’s only the first month of school. I’m finding myself trying to help and give back as much as I can, as fast as I can, from volunteering more to joining more clubs, to giving advice — so, so much advice. At just 20, I feel inexplicably old when I catch myself pouring advice to people who have just joined the clubs I’ve been in for years or are taking the classes I’ve taken, and the things I try desperately to pass on range from a variety of topics. Always bring a phone charger in your bag. Write down everything because chances are you’ll forget otherwise. You might think you can wake up for 8:30 classes with no problem just ‘cause you did it in high school, but trust me, you won’t.
All this aside, undoubtedly the one thing I advise anyone and everyone at this university to try is to study abroad.
Continue reading When you study abroad, you engage yourself in the global community by interacting with people who hold contrasting beliefs, ideals and dreams, and by doing this you learn more about just how diverse our world is but also just how alike we are
As a Human Development and History major, I was drawn to the Urban and Cultural Explorations trip in China. Travel abroad means a lot to me because, as a first generation Chinese-American, I have felt out of touch with my cultural roots and have a yearning to understand exactly what my cultural identity means to me. In China, I was able to grow my perspective of China and the world in an open minded manner. My experience in China encouraged exploration of personal ethnic identity. The experience enabled me to practice my Mandarin, learn more about Chinese cultures and urban explorations. During my stay, I visited Beijing, Nanjing, Suzhou, Zhenjiang, and Shanghai.
Continue reading Travel abroad means a lot to me because, as a first generation Chinese-American, I have felt out of touch with my cultural roots and have a yearning to understand exactly what my cultural identity means to me.
This summer I traveled for the first time to Seoul, South Korea to study at Hanyang University. Before this experience, when I thought about studying abroad, I thought it was for those who had a lot of money to spend and had nothing to do over the summer. However, what surprised me was how affordable my trip was.
Continue reading I met amazing people, tasted incredible food, and experience the vibrant and rich culture. I would not trade anything for the experience I had in South Korea.
I knew I wanted to go to France and I was only able to go abroad during the summer. Which made the study abroad program provided by SUNY Oswego the perfect fit for me. I was a student of the University of Nice- Carlone for the month of July. Classes met Monday through Friday from nine to three.
Continue reading What made this trip memorable was not the fact that I got to see France or learn about French culture, but was the fact that I made life long friends
My experience in Malawi has been humbling, life changing, and I am so thankful that I was given the opportunity to be able to learn from the people and the country of Malawi.
Continue reading “A piece of my heart will always remain in Malawi…”
The study abroad I participated in was the four-week program to Madrid, Spain. I decided to participate in this program because I wanted to practice my Spanish. My parents are both from Panama, so I grew up within a Hispanic household. However, in my upbringing, I heard a lot of references to Spain and wanted to experience the country and culture for myself.
Continue reading Summer in Spain: An experience that changed my life
Traveling has always been one of my biggest dreams, but I never thought it was going to be possible to do so while in college due to the fact that while I was at Binghamton I was majoring in biology and a pre-medical student. But with careful planning I went abroad to Rome, Italy for the winter break in 2017.
Continue reading This Beautiful Country is Worth Seeing in Person