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Countdown to Cuba

It’s only a few days now until I begin this next semester in Cuba, and I can hardly contain my excitement. First, I would like to explain a little about myself and how my blog will be in the coming weeks. Personally, I love anything to do with the outdoors. During my summers I work at a camp for at risk youth, so most of my time is spent hiking, caving, rock climbing, and whitewater rafting. However, I also love living in the city and attending Pitt. I think that it’s really great to experience two completely different living environments throughout the year. I am a member of our club cross country team to keep up my outdoor activity through the school year.

As someone who majors in political science and focuses in Latin American studies, I couldn’t pass up an opportunity to study abroad in Havana. I’m most excited to experience their culture first hand while improving on my Spanish skills. As this semester progresses, I want to provide a description of what it’s like to study there, especially being an IFSA-Butler student.

Too often while I was filling out my application, I was asked why I ever considered going to Cuba, and through this blog, I want to make it clear that I wouldn’t want to study anywhere else. Especially as U.S-Cuban relations are beginning to improve, I could not have asked for a better opportunity to travel there. Hopefully through my upcoming posts and photos, I can convince anyone that the University of Havana is one of the greatest places in the world to study abroad.


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