Being a part of the University of Michigan community helped enhance my trip so much! Even though I was so far from home I could always count on finding someone wearing a UM sweatshirt or hat if I looked hard enough. While I was on my trip I met so many other UM students who were in their own study abroad programs or were just traveling on their own. It is so incredible and very comforting that we have such a wide network of people literally all across the world.

Another part of my identity that shaped my experience is being female. My program happened to be all girls, and it was so much fun! We were able to have great conversations about what it means to be a female traveling and living alone in another country. It was great to have them as such a strong support system while abroad!