This blog wasn’t supposed to be.
Nope, I wasn’t planning on going out of the country this summer, I never once thought it was a possibility. I mean, study abroad is expensive; a luxury of sorts only for those who can afford it.
I didn’t think I was one of those people, and so… I never thought I would be typing this now.
I applied for this opportunity through the CIEE on a whim. I felt like I needed to apply to as many summer opportunities as possible so I would at least have something to do other than work. I didn’t expect that they would answer first with an emphatic, “Congratulations!”
So here we are.
Now that it’s happening, I’m trying to come to grips with it all. It’s surreal, but here’s what I know so far.
My name is Kristina. I am a Sociology major from Morgan State University in Baltimore, Maryland USA. I am originally from Cambridge, Maryland.
I am interested in language, culture, and what happens when different languages and cultures mix, thus leading me to an intense interest in African diaspora studies in South America. I chose the opportunity to study in Salvador da Bahia, Brazil because of it’s strong African influence, and I’m thrilled at the good times ahead of me and all that I can learn.
This will be exciting. And I’m glad to take you along for the ride. I will post a few preliminary posts before I leave about the trials and tribulations of packing and preparing for such a trip, and I’ll be sure to keep you posted as the trip unfolds in Brazil.
I can’t wait! And I plan on taking you right along with me!