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Student Reflections on Disabilities: Escaping the comfort zone

I’ll admit here that when I was applying for the India Winterim Program and for this very scholarship, I had some doubts. I had convinced my family, friends, and professors that participating in the program would be beneficial, but inside I was nervous. Would I get homesick? How would I deal with being immersed in a new culture? Would my new classmates and travel companions like me? In spite of all my worry, I was accepted into the program, and after taking a deep breath, I confirmed my participation in the course
At the Mahabodhi Temple, Bodh Gaya, India

A karmic connection

Thomas Langer, a senior at the University of Iowa studying International Studies and Human Rights (CLAS), traveled to India last summer to conduct research for his Honors Thesis. While there, he met an unexpected visitor whose personal story of struggle and success moved Thomas beyond words and affirmed his academic ambitions.

Student Reflections on First-Generation Abroad: Fast-paced learning

As an only child, getting my mother to be okay with my going to school at the University of Iowa which is only three and a half hours away was a task itself. So when I first told my mom I was thinking about studying abroad in Europe, a completely different continent, she wasn’t so happy with the idea. It took a lot of convincing but eventually she came around to the idea that this would be an amazing experience that I would be able to talk about for a lifetime.

Student Reflections on Race and Ethnicity: Human rights advocacy

One lesson I have learned in my life is that when you grow up in a society where gunshots become music that people dance to, life becomes death, children become soldiers and murderers, peace becomes instability, and love becomes hatred; you begin to develop a passion for human rights advocacy because you want to make a difference in that society. What intrigues me about nursing and international studies is that they allow me to care and advocate for other people, especially those who are vulnerable.

Student Reflections on Race and Ethnicity: From small town Iowa to China

I was born in the United States, and my parents are from Vietnam. During my first year of college, some people mistook me as Chinese, but most people can guess Vietnamese from my last name. I guess I should have mentally prepared to mistaken as Chinese more because from the moment I stepped into the boarding room, a Chinese lady asked me (in Chinese, of course) to help her read her boarding ticket.

Jonathan Simpson - Take the first step

My name is Jonathan Simpson and I studied abroad for a summer in France. France was simply marvelous! I spent six weeks in Chambéry, which is in the heart of the Alps in southern part of the country, and three weeks performing research at the Bibliothéque Nationale de France (BNF) in Paris. I was able to travel a little as well, visiting Omaha Beach, Normandy, Lyon, Geneva, and Madrid to name a just a few. I had always dreamed of going abroad, and the older I got, the less I thought that it might be possible.

Student Reflections on Race and Ethnicity: Star Side of Bird Hill

The research fellowship support through the Stanley Graduate Award for International Research was invaluable to the progress I made on my project. Over the course of the two months that I spent in Barbados, I was able to complete a first draft of my thesis project, a novel set in Barbados, Star Side of Bird Hill. The novel follows two girls, age 10 and 16 as they spend the summer in Barbados with their grandmother.

Student Reflections on Disabilities: A learning curve

When I first arrived in Wales I was nervous and a little scared. I had just taken a long journey across the ocean and was now standing in a city I knew virtually nothing about. I didn’t know how to get to the train station, to Swansea, nor the place I’d be living for the next five months. Fortunately, there were friendly people to help me out. Yes, I’m sure I looked silly dragging my bags around from bus to bus asking the driver exactly where it went but now I look back on it with pride. I had no idea what I was doing but I did it anyway and it all worked out. I made it to my flat and was exhausted!

Student Reflections on First-Generation Abroad: A valuable idea

Being a first generation student, my family was new to the whole college experience and all the opportunities I had available to me, including studying abroad. At first, my parents did not understand the benefits of going abroad or why I even wanted to. My mom was mostly worried about me going to a different country, especially a third world country, with nobody she knew and no cell phone to contact me. Both my parents could not relate so I spent a lot of time convincing them to take studying abroad seriously and that studying abroad was a valuable idea. After much discussion, they began to understand how this is a once in a lifetime opportunity I needed to take advantage of while I still can as a student.

Staff Reflections on Disabilities Abroad - Being Blind in Mexico

"What am I doing here?" That question plagued me on that hot September day in 1982 when I first set foot in the house where I would be living with other participants on a Central College study abroad program in Mérida, Mexico. Blind from birth, I was accustomed to quickly taking in and adapting to new environments. But the open spaces, high ceilings, and large rooms so typical of Mérida's colonial architecture made this place feel like anything BUT home.