Who's getting excited?!
Hey all! My name is Molly. I am a sophomore at the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities. I am in the College of Education and Human Development majoring in Family Social Science, with a minor in Family Violence Prevention. In addition to my major and minor, I am planning on getting a certificate in Addiction Studies. With my degree, minor, and certificate, I want to help teens that are undergoing drug and alcohol rehabilitation. I am from Le Center, a very small town in southern Minnesota.
I have always wanted to study abroad during my undergraduate career, but I was not really sure where. I have played around with the idea of several different countries in Europe and South America, but Africa had never really crossed my mind. Eventually, I decided that I wanted to study either over winter break or summer. My next step in my decision-making process was to go talk to my adviser She told me about this trip her co-worker (Nate) took with a group of students every year to South Africa and told me to check it out on the Learning Abroad website. As soon as I did, I fell in love with the entire idea of this trip. Everything about it screamed at me. This trip is exactly what I wanted to get out of a study abroad experience. I want to help people in some way, but I also want to learn about the place I am going. In addition, I want to experience a culture I have never experience before. I have been to Europe (Spain and France), and I am looking forward to going somewhere many people do not have the opportunity to visit. This trip to South Africa incorporates all of my major requirements among tons of other things.
As the day of departure gets closer, my excitement level is starting to get off the charts! I am currently figuring out my financial situation, and it is all working out very nicely. I have also been reading a book my aunt bought me when I found out I got into the program - Cry, The Beloved Country by Alan Paton. It tells the story of a Zulu priest who is searching for a number of lost loved ones who traveled to Johannesburg, but never returned. If anyone has time, I would definitely suggest it! I will bring it with and if anyone wants to read it on the plane let me know!
Going to South Africa is going to be an experience I will never forget. I am really looking forward to getting to know everyone I will be sharing this experience with and making memories that will last a lifetime.