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Jasmine Marquez

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.

Justice Under a Tree

Upon arriving to Johannesburg, I could feel an immediate difference in the atmosphere of the city. While Cape Town felt more California-esque, Johannesburg felt more like the bustling cities of Chicago and New York City back home in the US. Endless mountains were replaced with a skyline filled with towers – although it has nothing

Elephant Encounters in Africa

Elephants. Need I say more? These big, beautiful creatures always cause me to get excited and once I found out that our program includes a week long trip to Kruger National Park, all I could think about was elephants. And you wouldn’t believe the squeals that came not only from me but from many others

Home Sweet Homestay

Hello everyone! I’ve been excited to tell you about my homestay experience in a rural village, HaMakuya, during my stay here. This was the first time I was doing anything like this so I was a bit unsure of what to expect and was a little nervous to meet the people living in the village.

Molweni baphulaphuli! Hallo almal!

After enduring a 22-hour trip and fighting jet-lag, we have finally made it to South Africa to start our spring quarter abroad! I know it’s the beginning of my fourth week here, but I personally have just gotten the hang of things around here – even though there’s still a lot left to learn.  

Study Abroad Starts…Now

Disclaimer to any readers: I have never written a blog ever. Like ever. So please bear with me as I try it out during my time in this new country. I want to share everything that I see, learn, and experience while in South Africa, especially since I know most of my friends and family