Posts Categorized: Reflection

A Reluctant Goodbye

It’s taken me a while to write this final post.  Mostly because I was unsure on how to put all of my feelings about being abroad onto paper (well, on the internet). But now I finally feel as though I am re-adjusting to the American culture that I hadn’t experienced for over 2 incredible months…. Read more »

What Comes Next?

I’ve been home for about two weeks now, and in the meantime, I’ve quickly reintegrated into my normal Northwestern student routine of taking some summer classes and working in my research lab, but I still think of our South African adventures every day. So, in the wise words of Hamilton’s as King George, “what comes… Read more »

Sweet Home Chicago

So I’ve been back in Chicago for 2 weeks now and it’s been good. The adjustment was not as bad as I thought it would be and my jetlag has not been that horrible. I miss waking up to mountains and the laid back South African culture the most. I was expecting to experience more… Read more »

Living in a Vibrant Country

If there’s one word I can use to describe South Africa, it is”vibrant”. Even though we’ve only been been here for 2.5 weeks, there’s so much history, culture, and life that brings so much color and vibrancy to this fine country. On the surface, you see breathtaking views of the mountains, ocean, and vineyards. At night when the… Read more »

Seeing the Invisible

As I write this, we are ending our second week in South Africa and our first week of classes. I’ve tried to formulate my thoughts about my experience in South Africa so far, but it’s nearly impossible to put into words. We have gone from being amazed at the beauty of Cape Town from the top… Read more »

CPT to EBB (and finally) back to ORD

Writing these blog posts has made me miss my time in South Africa dearly. And like Iheoma, I’m often frustrated with the question, “HOW WAS SOUTH AFRICA?” Mostly because all I can say to represent my experiences is a measly “really good,” knowing that isn’t how I feel at all. But I’m not exactly sure… Read more »

Until We Meet Again…

Having the time to settle and reflect about my experience abroad was much needed before completing my final entry. Being home and around friends has put me in the position of having to answer the obnoxious inevitable question: “OH MY GOD! HOW WAS SOUTH AFRICA?” And every single time I am left standing there dumbfounded… Read more »

A Never-Ending Identity Crisis

One of the greatest fears I had before arriving to South Africa was how I was going to fit in. This wasn’t in the literal sense in my ability to get along with my peers or make new friends, but rather how my identity would be perceived and acknowledged within the context of South African… Read more »

Trail Blazing Professors (& Not Just in the Academic Way!)

When we talk about study abroad experiences, it seems that classes don’t always take up the spotlight. And that’s understandable. We have to take advantage of our time in a beautiful and unique country — lots of our adventures were outside of the classroom, but in South Africa many of these adventures also included our… Read more »

Missing the Adventure

Writing my last blog post means that my quarter in South Africa is officially over (even though I technically returned to the US almost two months ago), so naturally, I’ve been putting off this post as long as possible. It already feels like I’ve been back forever, though, so I figure it’s finally time to recap… Read more »