Program and Location:
Belize: Global Health and Physiology; Orange Walk Town, Belize
Why did you choose to study abroad?
I had never gotten the opportunity to travel outside of the United States and I knew that was something I wanted to experience. When I found out about the Global Health and Physiology program I knew it was perfect for me!
What did you learn about yourself?
I learned that a career in global health is something I definitely want to explore. I was able to step outside of my comfort zone and grew more confident with myself in the process. I want to work in developing countries, learn about different cultures, and do what I can to help them live how they deserve. Even if what I can do is small, I know it will impact someone and it will most certainly impact me for the better.
What was one of your favorite parts of your program?
My favorite part of the program was house visits. We walked around around a community from house to house looking for patients would needed to come to our clinic the following day. I believe this is when I was able to truly experience the culture and how the people lived there. The kindness the people showed us is something I will never forget. We were invited into peoples homes, they shared stories about their lives, and gave us mangos! The people were so willing to talk to us and share what they had.
What advice do you have to future study abroad students?
Go for it. Open your eyes and just take in everything around you. Separate yourself from the United States way of doing things and learn how things are done in the country you are traveling to. Instead don’t think of things as being better or worse, consider why the way things are done works for this area.
How did your study abroad experience prepare you for your future career?
I was not certain that working in the global health field was for me, but after this experience I cannot imagine choosing not to work abroad again. It solidified what I am interested in and inspired me to continue on my path to becoming a physician.
Would you do it again?
This post was originally published in Study Abroad.