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  • My study abroad experience was a bubble expander. I like to think of the world as one giant bubble full of ideas, cultures, various communities, religious beliefs, etc. We all live in this bubble, but we have not all expanded to incorporate others beyond our social circle. Traveling abroad pushed me to rethink ideas that I had taken as fact. I was challenged on a daily basis to reflect upon my beliefs and the beliefs of others, not necessarily choosing one, but often allowing many to exist.
    I traveled from NYC, to India, then on to Senegal and Argentina. After coming home “to do laundry” I headed back across the Atlantic to South Africa. All of these places are at eye level extremely different, but my experience in these places allowed me to make critical comparisons and come to the conclusion that the world is facing many of the same issues; each place just deals with these issues differently which in turn can create new issues. I began to see more of the global role the U.S. plays and reasons they get involved in some areas, but not others.
    Over the course of my experience I began to realize Socrates’ famous statement “I know nothing.” From transportation to sanitation, from polygamy to immigration, and from informal housing to formal work everything is extremely complicated and the answer in one place may not be the correct answer in another. I discovered I am a learner and will be learning until the day I die… where this bubble I’m in will be shattered.
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