Kat in India

A graduate student at SMU’s Temerlin Advertising Institute, Kat is participating in SMU-in-India during summer 2010, doing in-class coursework in Ahmedabad, as well as two weeks taking field trips.

Arrived in India

So, we finally made it to India! After making a stop in Newark, NJ and Frankfurt, Germany we embarked on the next 8 hours that would finally bring us to our new five-week home of Ahmedabad, India.

When we got off the plane at the airport we were just overwhelmed by the heaviness and humidity of the Indian air. The fact that hundreds of people were in line to go through customs didn’t help the heat. Though after being on a plane for over 20 hours, it was nice to be able to stand and walk around.

My roommate and I were just in a state of shock of the vast difference of Ahmedabad and Dallas. While on the 45-minute drive to MICA from the airport we were just completely bewildered by the poverty that is on the streets. You see people sleeping on the sidewalks in rows with no blankets to obtain any breeze that comes their way.

The students and faculty of MICA welcomed us so warmly. They presented us with bouquets of flowers and snacks in our rooms. The amenities of our hostel are graciously appreciated. Sofia and I share a room and a bathroom, and we even have our own balcony!

We woke up this morning about 3 hours before we needed to be at breakfast – that’s what happens when you sleep on the plane!

The next few days we will be in orientation, purchasing our international SIM cards, tour the city of Ahmedabad and we’ll even get to visit the local mall! We start classes on Monday afternoon – I’m eager to see how this class is going to be structured, and I’m excited that it’s taught by a professor here at MICA.

I am so blessed to have a roommate who is eager to pray with me. Before we left the room this morning she asked if I wanted to say a quick prayer with her for safety before we started our day.

The journey has finally come to a start – and I am so eager to see what the Lord does with our time here.

Until next time – ciao!

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The journey starts now

The day has finally come that I will depart for my journey in India with my graduate program!

I’ve double, triple, and quadruple checked to make sure I have anything and I really cannot think of anything else that I need – so hopefully I don’t forget anything important!

Room was made for all the last-minute items I thought of such as tissue packets, raincoat (definitely important), and of course a little bit of sanity!

I’ll be headed to the airport in less than four hours and yet I haven’t had a wink of sleep. Glad I’ll have about 22 hours in the air to catch up on my sleep, and hopefully not get hit with jetlag!

Next stop – India here we come. Hope you are ready for a group of students from Tejas! We’re ready to be immersed in your culture and learn about everything we can. We’re coming in with wide open eyes to soak everything in. I’m ready for this journey to begin!

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Preparing for India

It’s just around the corner. We’re leaving for India in less than four days. This time on Tuesday I’ll be arriving to the airport to go through security and get settled with the rest of the gang of eager India travelers.

I’ve had several conversations with people asking me about my travels to India, and they are completely shocked that of all the places I decided to go that India was my first out-of-the-USA travel excursion. I cannot believe it myself, but I know that it’s a journey that will be hard to beat in the future!

I’m going to pack all of my things this morning. I have everything set out that needs to go in my luggage. This is going to be quite the feat – a carry-on suitcase never looked so small until I started planning to fit 5 weeks of necessary items in it!

The past month I’ve spent more time looking for clothes to bring to India than I’ve gone shopping in probably the past year or two.

What do I have left to do before our departure?

• Finally fit everything I need in my suitcase. This is going to be quite the task.

• Make sure I bring any additional medicine that I’m going to need. And I cannot forget my malaria medicine. A friend of mine forgot hers on a trip to Brazil and thought she contracted malaria – I need to avoid that.

• Pick up DEET bug spray (where?), B-6 (apparently it keeps bugs away from you??), and pick up a rain poncho.

So, this is finally it. The adventure begins just around the corner and I’m so excited to be sharing it with whoever reads this. I’ll do my very best to post every few days even if it’s just a couple of pictures. I want to be able to share my experience across the globe with you all.

Thanks for following me on my journey!

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