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Fellow Study Abroad Students

As with any organized group programs, you are put with peers that you will inevitably be spending a rather large amount of time with. I arrived to México without previously knowing anyone that would be here; the main thing is to come with an open mind and positive attitude. All of the other students were super timid and shy at first. That’s exactly how they should be feeling in a new place, with no predetermined expectations of the soon-the-be friends that were standing all around them. Obviously people fell into their cliques due to the nature of how we humans are, but the group as a whole still seems to have a cohesive aura about it. Which is good, because on excursions we have to be on a bus together for hours on end and though it may be entertaining to watch people squabble on “reality” television, it wouldn’t be pleasant with front row seats in a small metal tube. The cliques that formed happened on a variety of dimensions: how close they lived to one another, what classes they were taking, what their interests were as far as traveling in the city and so forth. Personally I’m not one for going out to fiestas at night, but there is a group that does, and does so frequently, so naturally they’re closer. I prefer to see the theatre shows, Mayan games or traditional performances put on at the heart of the city which brings me closer to some of the other people in my group. I think no matter where you are, you are apt to find a kindred spirit close by; it’s just a matter of discovering them. At first no one will be completely unreserved and be their full-fledged selves, the first part is where everyone is feeling each other out. But soon the walls of propriety come crashing down and people cut loose, and that is when you’ll settle in.

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