Andranae Nelson

Santiago, Chile

Enrolled in CIEE Liberal Arts program in Santiago, Chile, attending Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile during Spring 2016

Favorite Class:

Chorus
"We sang in Spanish and performed a final recital which my host family came to see! The course served as an elective for performing arts concentration within MIDE."

Favorite Moment:

Easter Island
"I got up at 4 in the morning to watch the sunrise over the 15 Moai heads. The colors of the sky mixed above the heads. I felt one with my surroundings."

Faorite Spanish Word:

¿Cachai?
"Chileans use it as a shortened version of 'Do you get it' or 'you know?'"

Navigating Challenges:

Chores
"My host mom did not want me to do chores, but I grew up learning to always help out. I compromised: sitting back even though it felt uncomfortable but also contributing in my own ways."

Conquering Mountins

"At the beginning, I said yes to everything, which included an excursion to San Cristóbal Hill, which was really a mountain. I was unprepared; I'm a city girl, I don't climb mountains. All of my friends were trudging up the mountain, while I was at the bottom. I told myself I could do it, put on some music, and got to the top. It was one of the most beautiful views. That story is indicative of my entire study abroad experience."

Looking Forward

"One of my friends who was a dance major encouraged me to attend a Jamaican Dance Hall class, and from there, I inadvertently became a part of their dance team. Dance Hall is similar to hip hop, so it was really cool to see Chileans taking on this black dance. At the end of the semester we traveled and got to compete against other teams."

Understanding Discomfort

"Going to Chile, I didn't realize that most of the people wouldn't look like me. In a lot of places, I was the only black person. So when I was there, people would stare at me. At first it made me uncomfortable, because where I'm from, staring at someone means that you're starting a conversation. Through my classes, I realized that most people were probably just curious, wondering why I was here; if I was an immigrant. Eventually, I began to stop noticing, because I felt like a Chilean."

Global Certificate Students


Shiqi Li
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Global Certificate Student:
Shiqi Li
Economics, Mathematics, & German Major

"I realized that I could fit into more situations than I had previously thought."

Global Certificate Student:
Shiqi Li
Economics, Mathematics, & German Major

"I realized that I could fit into more situations than I had previously thought."

Shiqi Li
Andranae Nelson
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Global Certificate Student:
Andranae Nelson
Markets, Innovation & Deisgn

"I learned to love what I don't necessarily understand. Just because I'm not used to something doesn't mean it is strange."

Global Certificate Student:
Andranae Nelson
Markets, Innovation & Deisgn

"I learned to love what I don't necessarily understand. Just because I'm not used to something doesn't mean it is strange."

Andranae Nelson
Bella Fraim
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Global Certificate Student:
Bella Fraim  
German & Economics

"Being abroad reinforced my desire to travel and interact with new people frquently after graduation."

Global Certificate Student:
Bella Fraim  
German & Economics

"Being abroad reinforced my desire to travel and interact with new people frquently after graduation."

Bella Fraim
Megan Grossman
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Global Certificate Student:
Megan Grossman  
Chemical engineering

"When I've traveled before, I've felt like a tourist. this time I felt like a traveler: much more integrated into the culture."

Global Certificate Student:
Megan Grossman  
Chemical engineering

"When I've traveled before, I've felt like a tourist. this time I felt like a traveler: much more integrated into the culture."

Megan Grossman
Messeret Kebede
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Global Certificate Student:
Messeret Kebede   
Managing for Sustainability

"I realized I couldn't pass up an experience like this. When else will you have the chance to live somewhere for 4 months and truly immerse yourself?"

Global Certificate Student:
Messeret Kebede   
Managing for Sustainability

"I realized I couldn't pass up an experience like this. When else will you have the chance to live somewhere for 4 months and truly immerse yourself?"

Messeret Kebede
Meg Mullin
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Global Certificate Student:
Meg Mullin    
Economics & Physics

"Go abroad for you. Do what you want to do while you're there."

Global Certificate Student:
Meg Mullin    
Economics & Physics

"Go abroad for you. Do what you want to do while you're there."

Meg Mullin
Jorden Sneed
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Global Certificate Student:
Jorden Sneed  
Sociology

"Be open to everything. If you're closed off, then it's easier to see something as a negative, when it could be a positive."

Global Certificate Student:
Jorden Sneed  
Sociology

"Be open to everything. If you're closed off, then it's easier to see something as a negative, when it could be a positive."

Jorden Sneed
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