Name: Emma Peterson
Hometown: Minneapolis, MN
Graduation Year: 2018
Major: Health and Society
Ready for Safari
- Where are you studying abroad? Why did you choose this country/program?
I am currently in South Africa studying community health and social policy. It has been a wonderful experience so far full of various homestays, lots of good food, and more information that I could ever retain in a lifetime. I chose this program because I knew that I would get an opportunity to experience South Africa through a unique lens, with experiences that I would not have had access to through direct enrolling in a university or coming to visit on vacation.
South African Springboks vs The New Zealand All-Blacks
- What is the most unexpected thing you have encountered so far during your off-campus study experience?
The most unexpected thing I’ve encountered so far has probably been the driving. The mini bus taxi drivers drive like maniacs! I don’t know how they manage to not get in accidents. The first few mini bus taxi rides were definitely an experience.
Teaching my host brother how to play checkers
- What are the three most important things you packed in your suitcase? Why?
Three important things that I forgot to pack in my suitcase were a large comfy sweatshirt, a comfy pair of sweatpants, and my Birkenstocks. All very important since it was freezing when I first got here, and I had no sandals that I could wear socks with!