Posts Categorized: Reflection

Back in the US

I have been back in the United States for a while now, readjusting to life here after having spent 8 weeks in Mexico. Sadly, thanks to the Northwestern schedule of starting late while other schools start early most of my friends have left for college already. I did manage to hang out with a few… Read more »

Refining my aspirations

I’ve been back in the U.S. for two weeks now. Even though these two weeks have been filled with happiness and relief because I’m back in the city with my family, they have also been filled with an intense longing for Mexico. I’ve come to realize that I miss a lot more than just the… Read more »

An Unforgettable Experience

It has been about a month since returning home from Mexico, and despite how ready I was to return home after two months abroad, a part of me misses the time I spent there. It has been nice spending time with my family and friends back at home, but at the same time, I miss… Read more »

Evanston, IL… 1 Day Before School Starts

It is great to be back home! After 8 weeks in Mexico, I was starting to get really homesick. But as I am laying on my bed waiting for school to begin, I am thinking, “WOW! What an unforgettable summer I just experienced.” I literally just went to the largest city in Latin America. I traveled on… Read more »

Looking back

Just like that I am back to my regular dull student life composed of my daily routine of classes and work.  However, a few things have changed since my trip to Mexico City. I realize I risk sounding cliché, but as I reflect on my experience abroad I realize just how much I’ve learned about… Read more »

Did I Forget Anything?

Here I am eight weeks later, packing my bags, but it still hasn’t hit me that I am leaving in a couple more hours to go back to my family, which I haven’t seen in two months. I can’t make up my mind if this trip lasted forever, or if it went by fast. However… Read more »

Workers in the Mexican Economy

One thing that never fails to amaze me about Mexico is how hardworking the people in this country are. There is never a day when I don’t see someone doing the unthinkable to earn a living for themselves or their family. For example, there was the man in Puebla selling balloons, and then the man on… Read more »

Half-Time

“It’s been four weeks already?” has been a question that has gone through my head multiple times today. To be exact, tomorrow will mark exactly four weeks since I arrived in Mexico City, Mexico, and the half waypoint of the program. The program has felt like it has been going by fast, but at the… Read more »

“All Abooooooard!!”

“Hijole!!” The term is Mexican slang for describing something surprising. This is an expression I quickly picked up from our cuates here at Universidad Panamericana and it perfectly describes the transportation in Mexico City. This city is wild! I would like to first mention that I am from Los Angeles, the city in the United… Read more »

Mexico on my Mind…Always

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… Read more »