Warmer Days and a Play Recommendation

Our three months in Chicago we’ve been able to do so much, especially considering the longer-than-expected winter, but now that it’s finally gotten warmer, the city has really started to come alive! All the tamale vendors and paleteros have started to set up shop around Pilsen and we’ve finally been able to enjoy Harrison Park,…

Reviewing Theatre in London

As part of our theatre studies in London, each of the 10 students in my program reviewed one of the plays we’ve seen so far. While not all of the plays we’ve seen got reviewed, some got reviewed by more than one student, and, just like our opinions differ during in-class discussions, the reviews occasionally…

Cruizing… Two months in Gabs!? Already?

Can it be? It feels as if only three weeks have passed; these two months have flown by! Three ACM trips, four tests, five haircuts, and the many many friends I’ve made has accelerated my time here in Botswana! It was a cloudy start for me because I am taking two subjects that I am not…

Escaping the City

It seems crazy that we’ve been in London for three weeks already. It feels like just yesterday our little group was leaving Florence for various spring break locations, and now we’re approaching midterms! We’re really enjoying the bustling city life, but as a pre-midterms stress relief, my friends Maud and Amber planned a day trip…

Food for you, food for you, food for Everyone!

Before traveling to Botswana, I somehow skipped over the fact that I would be responsible for providing food for myself. While excited to travel a month before, I learned the truth it and I immediately began freaking out.. “How! Why wouldn’t they just charge us for food!?” I screamed in my head. For that entire…

How Simple is Costa Rica Visa Renewal?

Studying with ACM in Costa Rica means that your visa is provided without any visa application requirements. Pretty convenient, right? Although, after 90 days of being in Costa Rica, your visa will expire if you do not renew it. At the end of your research project, ACM staff and students take a small trip to…

My Guide to Cheap Chicago Eats: Pilsen Edition #1

During my time in Chicago, I’ve been trying to keep to the budget I set for myself at the start of the semester, but with all the good food within walking distance from our apartment, it’s been easier said than done. So, with that in mind, I’ve decided to create a guide for future ACM…

Weekends in Italy

My first half-semester in Florence was peppered with day trips and weekend excursions to other Italian towns. Each city has its own personality and distinct features. A few weekends my friends and I stayed in Florence, falling even more in love with our new home, but we really enjoyed “meeting” the other cities and getting…

A Week in the Chicago Program

Hands-down, one of my favorite aspects of this program is how many events we get to go to and people we get to meet that we otherwise might not have heard about or have the money for. Every week we get to visit different locations in Chicago and discuss what we learned there, providing us…

Week in the Life of ACM Costa Rica: Hanging Around San José

Weekdays during the first month of the ACM Program consists of Spanish Class, Field Research Class, meetings with your advisor, and field trips on Fridays. On the weekends, you may choose to attend a local event or travel outside of San José. The research portion of the ACM Costa Rica Program is scheduled around the…

Blended, Black, and Proud!

Have you ever wondered how it would feel to wear an invisible cloak? Well, as an African American in Botswana, it’s just as if I am wearing one. Because I am black, I look like a local and it isn’t straightforward that I’m not Motswana. I, as well as other African American students, don’t stand…

Staying Connected

Thinking about traveling to study at the University of Botswana anytime soon? Learn about some of the ways you can stay connected!