I’m very excited to be blogging for you guys from Brazil. This year is going to be an adventure for us all!
I want to start with a brief introduction; I am a senior Public Health student with University of Maryland, College Park (UMCP). This semester I am living in Salvador, Brazil studying Public Health, Race, and Human Rights in the context of contemporary Brazil.
I LOVE the start of each semester because there is a certain level of excitement and apprehension that fills me, similar to an adrenaline rush. For some of you this is your first semester at Universities at Shady Grove (USG) and for others this semester may be your last. Either way each semester marks the beginning of a new adventure: education. Every semester presents itself with new challenges, successes, and failures some are in the classrooms others are personal. Whichever is the case, I urge you to learn and grow from every experience.
Today, marks 23 days since I arrived in Brazil and I have learned so much, not just about public health in Brazil but about myself. As a minority student studying abroad I have come to appreciate the privilege that higher education is within the United States and I want to commend all my fellow classmates on this achievement. For me this semester is one of the most terrifying because not only am I in a new country learning a new language, in a few short weeks I will be working within an organization while conducting research. I know I will encounter many challenges during this semester and I hope to share these experiences with you all.
Even though you won’t find me on campus this semester, feel free to share with me your challenges and your successes!