My experiences in Brazil were absolutely life changing! In just ten short days, I know that I grew mentally, spiritually, and even professionally. During my time in Salvador, Brazil and other surrounding cities, I had an undeniable thirst for learning and exchanging experiences with the Afro-Brazilian community.
Higher Education in Brazil Reflections 2018
I feel that the most influential thing about my time in Brazil was seeing how happy the people were with what little they had. My time in Brazil helped me appreciate the company of good people versus chasing materialistic things in search of happiness. The people of Brazil were like a family; the love they showed each other was amazing. How they accepted our group was also amazing. I thought being American in a foreign country would put a target on my back. I was completely wrong; the people of Brazil were very welcoming and treated me as one of their own. This experience showed what society in America could look like if we loved each other no matter race, religion, or sex along with our advanced lifestyle.
Having the opportunity to study the contrasts between the education systems of Brazil and the United States has allowed me to appreciate my own academic opportunities in a new light. Aside from academics, being immersed into a different culture was refreshing. Although I ran into numerous language barriers, Google Translate helped me get around. Branching off of that, the people were so patient and kind with me as they understood that I was a tourist. From an aesthetic standpoint, Brazil was beautiful. I had never seen a favela prior to the trip, or oceans so clear and blue. The wealth of knowledge I take from Brazil is invaluable, and I will surely cherish all of its memories for a lifetime!