As the Summer 2019 SFS students began to settle into their new homes around the world, we asked them to share their impressions of the experience so far. Grace Badger had this to say about SFS Tanzania:
Why did you choose to study abroad with SFS?
I first found out about SFS through my advisor at school. I came to Elon with a declared major in communications; however I knew I wanted to take classes in a variety of disciplines. SFS seemed like the perfect fit for a non-science major fascinated with the world around them, eager to learn skills that could be applied immediately.
What are your first impressions of the country?
I had no expectations arriving in Tanzania. However, as soon as we passed customs in the airport, I couldn’t help but smile. The people, the landscapes, the diversity, the animals, were absolutely beautiful.
What are your first impressions of the Center?
The center is much nicer than I thought. The bandas are homey, the staff members are amazing, and the center’s location is just a short walk to town.
What do you think the biggest challenge will be for you this semester, both academically and culturally?
I think my biggest challenge academically this semester will be learning about a topic that I have no previous knowledge about. Many of my fellow students here are currently studying ecology, wildlife management, environmental science, etc. back at their home institutions. I’m coming in with no prior knowledge, and I hope I will still be able to grasp the concepts talked about in class. Culturally my biggest challenge will be learning Swahili and adapting to the diet here. I am not only horrible at languages but am a very picky eater. That said, with a positive attitude, and an open mind, I plan to learn some Swahili and try a few dishes along the way.
What are you looking forward to the most about the program?
What I am looking forward to most this semester is immersing myself in a different culture. As SFS students, we have the unique opportunity to live within a community. I hope in the next 30 days I get to experience and learn a great deal about a country and a continent that many people misconstrue.
Give three words that best describe how you are feeling right now.
Eager, Curious, Hopeful