Posts Tagged: Pre-departure

Comfortable Enough to be Uncomfortable

As I sit in the backseat of my parent’s car on my way to Minneapolis to fly out of the Midwest, I finally type out my first blog post. I am so very excited, and I know I have amazing adventures awaiting me in Havana, but I am also a little nervous. Living in a… Read more »

Going Home

I can’t tell you the moment I realized I was “Cuban”. Café cubano and dominos were a part of my life long before I can remember. I grew up surrounded by stories my grandmothers told about the island. But their carefree tales were always weighed down by a longing they felt for a land they had lost. Just as much… Read more »

A Step before Reality

Taylor Riley, Public Health in Cuba 2015 Hi! My name is Taylor and I am studying Chemical Engineering with a minor in Global Health. Throughout this whole week I have not been able to articulate how I’m feeling about going to Cuba. It still hasn’t fully processed in my head that I am actually going abroad,… Read more »

Starting with Cuba

When I went to the IPD office for my first meeting with my study abroad adviser, she asked me if I’d ever been out of the country before. “No, I haven’t.” She laughed. “And you chose to start with Cuba?” Last year, when I started making plans to study abroad, I chose to go to… Read more »

Thoughts on the Trip Ahead

by Michael Fuentes My name is Mike Fuentes, I’ve just finished my second year of undergrad at Northwestern University, and I’m studying Economics and Spanish. When I chose to study in Cuba over the summer, I think I was drawn in by a lot of different factors. First, Cuba is a beautiful country with rich… Read more »

The shroud of mystery surrounding Cuba

Sunny Song, Public Health in Cuba 2014 Hi! My name is Sunny Song. I am a rising junior at Northwestern University’s Weinberg College of Arts and Science. Technically I’m not quite a junior yet and I certainly don’t feel like one. With the rapidly decreasing number of NU days, I prefer to deny that I… Read more »

Hopes and Expectations

Lucy Blumberg, Public Health in Cuba 2014 I’ve heard, read, and watched quite a few things about Cuba in the past few weeks as I’ve prepared for my departure. Helpful hints from the few who have traveled there and shock and awe from those who have not. Usually, both groups end with the same words:… Read more »

Hola, me llamo Carlos.

By Carlos Martinez, Cuba: Culture & Society, Summer 2013 Saludos! My name is Carlos Manuel Martinez Jr., Correa. I was born in the beautiful state of Pennsylvania but my second home is Ponce, Puerto Rico. I have spent most of my summers there and still have strong ties to the island and its rich culture. … Read more »

The Great Unknown

By Anna Radoff, Public Health in Cuba, Summer 2013 Prepping for the Big Trip Blog Post 1: Pre-departure Hello, my name is Anna and I am a junior here at Northwestern. I study Anthropology and Global Health. I am from Berkeley, California and there are few things I love more than Northwestern Dance Marathon. As… Read more »

Pre-Departure Introduction

By Nicholas Wang, Public Health in Cuba, Summer 2013 I am so excited to be studying abroad on the Public Health in Cuba program in Havana, Cuba this summer, and I want to extend a quick and sincere thank you to the International Program Development Office and the Hill-Urbina Fellowship committee for the generous support… Read more »