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Paige Watkins explores South Africa

September 2012

Name: Paige Watkins
Hometown: Waukon, Iowa
Major: Elementary Education
What country or countries did you study abroad in? South Africa
How long were you there? Four and a half months
Why did you choose to study in that location? I looked at some options, and my gut told me South Africa was the best option!
What is your favorite memory? There are too many memories to pick a favorite! One that sticks out would be hiking in Drakensburg, which is a mountain region running through South Africa. After hiking for 10 miles up and down mountains we spent the night in a cave. It was definitely a freeing experience that will stick with me forever.
How did your experience abroad impact you as a person? I feel as though I am much more self-reliant and not so quick to judge.
Do you have any advice to other students about studying abroad? Take chances. When will the next time be that you are able to be young and carefree in a foreign country? Also make as many local friends as possible. Although I have been back in the States for almost a year, I am in contact with a great number of my friends. Those friends will give you the most authentic look at the country and take you to places you could have never imagined!


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