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New Places, New Adventures, New Feelings

It’s time for a recap of week 3 and 4!  For starters, I’ll give an update on the academics. My disappointment has settled in because I found out that we will not get a chance to perform research or join an on-going project. The program listed each of the courses on the website, one including

Two Times the Charm!

It’s the end of week two here and I am really struggling. I am trying to make the most of this experience but these first two weeks were very trying. When I first arrived, the change in air and altitude hit me instantly. As an individual with really bad asthma and one fully functioning lung,

Getting Ready

It is my day of departure for Mexico City and the excitement has kept me up all night. Sleep deprived but ready to welcome the experience of being in Mexico with open arms, I am writing this blog post as I wait for my boarding group to be called. With me are two other girls

It’s Time!

In less than 2 hours, I will be on my way to O’Hare International Airport to catch my 7AM flight to Mexico City. To be honest, I have had my bags for this trip all packed and ready packed for weeks. This will be my first time traveling internationally, and I’ve never been more excited

New Learning Opportunities!

Hello! My name is Tricia and I’m a junior studying Sociology and Global Health at Northwestern. I will be updating this blog with stories, reflections, and thoughts from my time in Mexico City, but, for now, the thoughts swirling through my head as I sit here in Chicago will have to suffice. To say the

Final Thoughts and Reflections

Leaving Mexico at the end of my program was an unbelievably sad experience for me. Though it may have taken me a week or two to get adjusted, Mexico City really grew on me and I began enjoying everything it had to offer immensely. Ironically, the time I was enjoying it the most was also only

Help and Do No Harm

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

La clinica en Malinalco

Two weekends ago, our program had the opportunity to work with Universidad Panamericana in conducting research on childhood obesity in a rural town called Malinalco.  With the direction of two UP faculty investigators, three medical school students, two nursing students, and one psychology student, we wanted to help find any physical, social, cultural, and environmental

The Nuances in “Normal”

One word. Malinalco. We had the unique experience of going to Malinalco, a small but breathtaking rural town close to Mexico City, to conduct anthropometric and psychosociocultural research regarding nutrition and obesity on the population of children there. In awe of being surrounded by towering green mountains and the wonder of nature, it was hard

Malinalco: A change of scenery and mind

Malinalco: rural and small in size, yet extreme in its natural beauty and historic significance. A mere 2.5 hour drive from the crowded and hectic atmosphere of Mexico City, it was the perfect place for a weekend get-away—especially to get some clinical research experience in the field done. After a rough morning of departing Universidad