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 […]
Small Town to Big City The first thing a lot of people find out about me is that I’m from a small town in northern Minnesota of about 16,000 people. My graduating class was 160, and I was on a first-name basis with all of my classmates. My choice of college followed with the general […]
Aiy-yu-kwee’ (Hello) Nek Now (My name is) Brook Thompson; I am from the Yurok and Karuk tribe from northern California. I am a Civil Engineering major at Portland State, and for the last 15 years I’ve been going back and forth between Portland (where my mother and university are) and Klamath, California, where my father […]
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.
“These histories gave me a whole new perspective about Argentina and I realized that I could actually feel that part of me is with this country.” Shunichi finds a way to connect with Argentina through his Japanese nationality.
For Sara, an Italian student completing her undergraduate degree in the United States, heading abroad again for a semester in Mexico allowed her to better understand all of her identities and the experiences and cultures that have shaped who she is.