University of Iowa

Authored by Russell Martin

2/26/2018

Student Reflections on Race and Ethnicity Abroad: Hong Kong

Hi! My name is Russell. I’m a Biomedical Engineering major from West Branch, Iowa. I studied abroad the summer after my freshman year in Hong Kong, at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST). My time abroad was undoubtedly the most memorable two months of my life, and I’d like to share some of my experiences with you here. Before I went abroad, I remember feeling varying combinations of apprehensiveness and enthusiasm. On one hand, I was nervous - this was my first time ever traveling outside of the US, and I knew zero Cantonese. But I also felt a feeling of excitement growing inside of me. Excitement to experience what life is like in a country so different than the U.S., and excitement for all the adventures that I imagined having.
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