When I landed in Buenos Aires, sweating from the inevitable humidity that plagues the city in the summer, I had only positive thoughts. I had been abroad before in high school, I spoke Spanish near fluently, I wasn’t shy, and I thought this semester was going to be easy and rewarding for me. Little did […]
“How do you help others understand that you created your own life in another country all by yourself, but had to abandon it a mere five months after its creation? I’m still looking for these answers.”
Having been adopted from China by American parents, Caitlin always felt out of place in her family and community. So when she decided to study abroad in Shanghai, she knew she needed to take a chance and visit her hometown in China’s Hunan Province.
Host families are an integral part of the study abroad experience – so if your first family isn’t a good fit, don’t be afraid to talk to your program coordinator about switching. It could change everything!