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All blog posts are by University of Michigan students who have participated in a CGIS program. The following blogs are students studying abroad in Argentina.
Molly discusses identity, ethnicity and mental health in Argentina
I feel so fortunate to go to a university that encourages students to pursue an education outside of the classroom and into the real world. The interactions with the local Argentinians, the camaraderie with the other students in my classroom, and the ability to learn first-hand about the history and beautiful culture of a country has been truly incredible.I have realized how fortunate I am to have the education I have and live in the country I do. Buenos Aires is a rich and vibrant city but many of its citizens are plagued with economic insecurity and many are refugees from Venezuela. During my time here, there have been over four protests, two strikes (closing busses and subway transportation) and an extensive power outage that impacted all of Argentina and Uruguay. I have learned how to adapt to these differences and prevail in my studies regardless, and all in all it has made me a more well-rounded individual with a thirst to learn more.
Alexander reflects on his semester in Buenos Aires
This first month has certainly been a period of adjustment and learning. As when you move to any new place there are many seemingly small things you must learn very quickly: how the bus and subway systems work, how to get local currency, what foods are popular, and in the case of Buenos Aires, how to understand the local accent (it’s tough). All that learning can certainly be difficult, and that difficulty is compounded when all of it is being done in a language other than your own. There have been hard times, but they are far overshadowed by the positive experiences.
Logan reflects on her spring term in Buenos Aires
Although, it is the end of week 4 I feel like I just got here. I remember the first day getting off the plane and getting into a random taxi headed to a random persons house. It sounds kind of freaky, but once I did it all it wasn't scary at all. I got to my host moms house and she was very welcoming and helpful. She helped me set up my room and get comfortable in my home away from home for 6 weeks. The transition was super easy and ifsa-butler does a great job of matching students with the perfect host family.
Giacomo discusses highlights of living in Buenos Aires
My program abroad was easily a highlight of my time at Michigan. Studying and living in Buenos Aires is a truly unique experience that opened me up to incredible interactions with different people, cultures, and political issues. I will never forget jumping up and down in the stands of River Plate’s (a Buenos Aires soccer team) stadium, shouting songs alongside 60,000 Argentines. Nor will I forget the startling conversations I had with veterans of the Falkland War in the iconic Plaza de Mayo in the midst of their political protest. The conviviality, openness, and easy-going nature of Argentina and its inhabitants were a constant joy to be around and a pleasure to reminisce on.