University of Iowa

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12/20/2011

Student Reflections on Race and Ethnicity: Biracial student blends in abroad

I had expected the Spaniards to act a certain way towards me because of the stereotypes I had about them. Things worked both ways: I found out that my preconceived notions about another culture weren't necessarily accurate while they found out their stereotypes of Americans weren't necessarily true, either. To me, that's the beauty of study abroad–being able to learn so much about another culture that you end up proving yourself wrong.
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12/20/2011

Student Reflections on Race and Ethnicity:Seeking 'las ganas'

My name is Guadalupe Trinidad, but everyone calls me Lupe. I don’t know how much one can tell from a name, but mine yells out ethnicity. I come from a place in Texas called Laredo, a border town to Mexico. My family is Mexican and those were the traditions I was raised with. We are a very close-knit family. To be more precise, all my relatives are in Laredo or within a 150 mile radius. So, when I broke the news that I wanted to attend the University of Iowa, well, the reactions weren’t all that enthusiastic.
12/20/2011

Student Reflections on Race and Ethnicity: Global health issues

My name is Kolie Eko, and I am a third year Microbiology major and undergraduate research assistant in the Bradley Jones Laboratory at The University of Iowa. I was born in Nairobi, Kenya. My family is a multicultural family; my father is from Cameroon, Africa, and my mother is from Calcutta, India. My extended family communicates in English, French, and several Asian and African languages. As far back as I can remember, there were signs of poverty, disease, hunger, and poor healthcare facilities in Cameroon where my father is from, in Kenya, where we lived, and in India, where my mother is from. That reality did not personally affect my brother and I. My parents were able to provide a comfortable life for our family. However, I could not understand the huge gap between the very rich and the very poor in India and Africa. I wished I could do something to help the many school age boys and girls who never went to school but lived and sometimes died on the streets in Nairobi.
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12/20/2011

Student Reflections on Race and Ethnicity: Asian-American pride

I have learned a great deal about myself from these two experiences. Not only am I from Nepal but I am also from America. Being in Japan has made me embrace my Nepalese culture more but I also appreciate being from America. My identity as an Asian American remains and I have learned not to be scared of who I am. I have values and ideas that are rooted in both cultures. I am not going to lie and say that sometimes I didn’t get confused, I did and I still do but these things are bound to happen. I just know that I am proud to be me, no matter what color I am, no matter my sexuality or gender, I am lucky enough to have lived in two places and I am not ashamed of my identity.
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12/20/2011

Student Reflections on First-Generation Abroad: Turn the pages of your own book

I have heard time and time again that studying abroad will help you grow as a person, but I had no idea how true that statement would be. While abroad I was challenged to adapt my behavior to different cultures. I learned simple language things such as "rubbish" being "garbage" in London to more challenging things as to how to order food in Dutch or how to navigate the Metra in Rome.
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12/20/2011

Student Reflections on First-Generation Abroad: Emigration to studying abroad

With two parents who emigrated to the U.S. in the late '70s, they have been unsure and hesitant about certain aspects of the college experience. When I brought up the idea of spending two weeks in London with a bunch of people I didn't know, they bombarded me with questions. Luckily for me, the entire process has been extremely easy. There are dozens of people within the Study Abroad office who helped out with general questions as well as anything we wanted to know about financial aid. Before I knew it, I was on the plane across the Atlantic Ocean..
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6/28/2011

Student Reflections on Race and Ethnicity: Study Abroad in Beijing (video)

In this video, Rochelle Liu talks about her study abroad experience in Beijing, China. She was able to connect to her extended Chinese family, fulfill requirements for her Chinese minor, and feed her sense of adventure by zip-lining off the Great Wall of China. Liu advises students to be open minded of other cultures and learn to appreciate your host country’s history and people.
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2/3/2011

Get to Know… Autumn Tallman – fyi story

Autumn Tallman’s experiences abroad inform the work she does today. She remembers the challenge of deciding whether or not to come out while participating in a high school study abroad program in Israel at age 15. “Being far from family and friends without my usual support system was harder than I imagined it would be,” says Tallman, who has served as a study abroad advisor and program coordinator in the University of Iowa Office for Study Abroad since 2002.
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