Roza in South Africa

Roza is a junior Hunt Scholar and Mustang Scholar majoring in communication studies in Meadows School of the Arts and political science in Dedman College. During summer 2011, she is participating in SMU-in-South Africa, a four-week study program that introduces students to South African history and culture. She plans to take two courses: “The African Diaspora: Literature and Culture of Black Liberation” as well as “Music Theater Workshop, West Side Story.”

Roza then travels to Washington, D.C., as the 2011 Jack C. and Annette K. Vaughn Foreign Service and International Affairs intern, through SMU’s John Goodwin Tower Center for Political Studies. She is working at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars with the center’s Global Health Initiative.

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Goodbye, South Africa

The SMU group in Cape Town

The three weeks I have spent in South Africa will forever remain the best memories of my life. I have met friends I plan to keep in touch with forever, and my eyes have seen some of God’s most beautiful creations. Although I hate to leave it all behind, I’m looking forward to coming back and reliving those movements.

After my wonderful experience, I cannot help but be an advocate of study abroad programs. I am not going to lie; initially I had reservations about my journey. I did not think that I would find studying abroad as enjoyable as everyone else made it out to be.  However, now that I have gone through it, I understand why there is so much buzz and excitement about abroad programs. South Africa 2011 is hands down one of the best experiences of my life!!

Thank you to SMU, Mr. and Mrs. Hunt and the CCPA department for the financial support. Thank you also to my support group of family, friends, faculty and administrators who encouraged me to partake in this journey.

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