Tanzania: The Best Month of My Life

Submitted by Brenna Bochow on the 2020 winter session study abroad program in Tanzania sponsored by the Department of Art and Design…

This is my closing post for this wonderful program and I feel like a completely different person than I did at the start of this year. I went on this study abroad program because I wanted to see how different the rest of the world is from my home and I knew I needed a more global perspective. In this time, I have learned so much about Tanzanian culture and about the different groups of people we learned from. I also learned a lot about the other students I met, who are now lifelong friends, and a lot about myself that I did not know. I did not realize how capable I was of camping and hiking barefoot and using a hole in the ground as a bathroom. It was all a learning experience, but I surprised myself with how well I could handle it.

I’m grateful for the connections I’ve made and the last few days were bittersweet, but I can honestly say this was the best month of my life.