I’ve been back from Mexico for a while now, and I can safely say that while Mexico was on my mind occasionally before I studied abroad, it is now on my mind, always. That’s the beauty of these programs, because the on-the-ground experience of rooting yourself in a different country for multiple weeks makes it
One of the highlights and most exciting aspects of this program was the research. Every week, I’d look forward to going to the Instituto Nacional de Ciencias Medicas y Nutricion Salvador Zubiran, which was in the center of a bustling and lively neighborhood. We conducted research at CAIPaDi, which is a center for comprehensive care
When it comes to my study abroad experience, without a doubt some of the most important people in my life throughout the entire 8 weeks were the medical students from Universidad Panamericana. They were my main link connecting me with Mexican culture, and without them it would have taken me a lot longer to integrate
No matter where you go in Mexico, you are sure to find some historical artifact or something unique that peaks your interest about the history of Mexico. In May, the Northwestern students studying abroad in Mexico City for Public Health had a weekend long workshop that taught us everything we needed to know about
My travel day to Mexico was full of surprises. An unexpected flight change. A lack of WiFi in the Mexican airport. A house more colorfully decorated than I could have imagined. This exciting day was followed by an exciting school day where I was hearing a lot of Spanish and understanding only a little. So,
During the second week of the Public Health in Mexico trip, I traveled with public health buddies to Malinalco, where we conducted nutrition and obesity research in an elementary school in this more rural part of Mexico. We recorded a lot of information regarding the children and their parents there, ranging from sociodemographic data (eg.