For my short-term study abroad, I would really like to go on the trip with the Global Engagement Fellows to the OU study centers in Puebla, Mexico, and Rio de Janiero, Brazil, next summer. I think it would be an awesome opportunity to see the new centers firsthand. I am interested in being able to see the Puebla facilities because I am considering it as a location for my long-term study abroad later in my college career. This particular trip is exciting because I would be learning from the Dean of the College of International Studies as well as earning 6 hours of credit towards my International and Area Studies Minor. I think it would be a great opportunity to get a taste of these two distinct cultures, especially since it will be my first time going abroad. I would only be able to spend 10 days in each city, so that’s not a whole lot of time to become culturally immersed, but I plan to talk to local people as much as possible and to take in as many aspects of the local community as my time there allows.
I haven’t decided where or when I would like to study for a semester or more. OU offers so many choices in almost every area of the world that it is almost a burden to choose one. As I find out more concretely what my course plan will be over the next few years, I will be better able to make that decision. I am still trying to figure out if I will try to finish my major requirements within three years or take the normal four, so that complicates the situation as far as when I will need to be in the States to take the MCAT and complete medical school interviews. Once I get that part figured out, I have a desire to participate in a program that would further my skills in Spanish and / or that wouldn’t put me behind on my track to graduation. I also would like to participate in an internship or volunteer while abroad, maybe at a local hospital to gain more background in working with the medical field and experience in caring for patients.
My plans for studying abroad have changed some since I first arrived at OU. I originally wanted to participate in the Organic Chemistry summer program at OU in Arezzo, but I decided that I would rather take O-Chem I as a semester-long course because it is such a significant portion on the MCAT and foundation for the rest of my studies. I still think it would be cool to do a total immersion experience in the Spanish language, but I would need to work on my skills significantly before that could become a reality.