University of Iowa

Tagged with "diversity ambassador"

5/22/2013

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
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5/22/2013

Student Reflections on First-Generation Abroad: The world is waiting

As a first-generation student, I have always had to figure out things on my own related to college. My family is supportive and helps me as much as they can, but it has been a long and well worthwhile journey to attain my goals. None of my family had studied abroad before, and barely anyone had been out of the country. This should make me apprehensive, but on the contrary, I have grown to have a sense of wonder about exploring other countries. I have developed a lot as a person because of studying abroad.
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5/22/2013

Student Reflections on First-Generation Abroad: Time is precious

What I took back to the US is patience. In India, as loud as the roads are and as crazy as they drive, the people in India have patience. They definitely do not take things for granted. India is a third world country and if I know that people out there can live on a dollar a day, I should be able to do that. The US is definitely spoiled, and I think every student should make a decision to study abroad in a third world country to understand that their life is not bad. In India, people are happy for what little they have and I hope that when people come back to the United States, they will be able to apply that to their life and look at life on the brighter side.
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A study abroad student standing in front of a city and a mountain
5/22/2013

Student Reflections on First-Generation Abroad: Studying abroad and parenting

Because I had my daughter during my sophomore year at Iowa I felt like my study abroad aspirations were going to have to be a memory. This is because I could never bear the idea of being a long distance away from my daughter for a long period of time. But upon discovering the Critical Cultural Competency Certificate program and needing to go on an immersion experience to complete the certificate requirements is when I finally went into the Study Abroad office and inquired information about various Winter Session trips.
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5/22/2013

Student Reflections on Race and Ethnicity: India Hospice and Palliative Care program

Every single one welcomed the doctors and us with open arms into their home. Some even went out to buy cold soda, with the little money they had, for us to cool down. I have seen my parents struggle financially. I struggle financially too, but in no way am I struggling near as much as many of the people in India. It makes one re-evaluate how to approach daily life and the attitudes one may have when they wake up in the morning. It's a reminder that when you have so little, you can still be happy and grateful for having anything at all. The people I met in India changed how I live my life and taught me to be grateful for all of the opportunities I have been presented with.
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5/22/2013

Student Reflections on Race and Ethnicity: Public health program

I will never forget how proud I was of my roots that day even though I didn’t know my own. As we drove into the village we were welcomed by the Fula tribe who shouted happily, “Welcome! Welcome! Welcome!” Not too long after we arrived, we danced with the Fula for at least an hour. At that moment I knew I was right at home.
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5/22/2013

Student Reflections on Race and Ethnicity: Iowa Regents Hispanic Institute

I knew I had to make studying abroad a reality even though I had the obstacle of being a first generation and underrepresented student on campus. The major worry I had was being able to afford the program. With the help of the Diversity Ambassador Scholarship and others I was able to make this dream a reality. While I was going through the process of ensuring the details of the trip I still could not believe I was actually flying out of North America. It actually did not hit me I was going to Spain until I had arrived to my host mother’s apartment and not my own in Iowa.
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5/22/2013

Student Reflections on Race and Ethnicity: International social entrepreneurship

I know that in America it is a little harder to tell if someone is a foreigner or not just by looking at them, because of our vast and heterogeneous population. In Japan the way I was treated as a foreigner was a lot different than how I’ve seen foreigners treated in the states. In my experience, whether or not someone was a foreigner was just something to take note of, and wonder about, no action was taken. In Japan, after I got through all of the impromptu photo-shoots, I was often approached and asked about how I was enjoying the country. I received warm welcomes, and was asked of my plans to return. I know that each society has their reasons for doing what they do in this situation. Personally, I have decided to adopt the Japanese way of acknowledging foreigners (minus the camera action). I can honestly say it has served me well, and I have met a lot of really amazing people because of this.
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At the Mahabodhi Temple, Bodh Gaya, India
4/30/2013

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.
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1/24/2013

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.
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