Written by Sophie Hastings (The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill), Student Correspondent for CET Colombia, Spring 2020
“Wait, are you sure about Latin America?”, “Isn’t it dangerous?”, “You mean Columbia, South Carolina?” “What about Spain?” These are just a few of the questions I received when I decided to look for study abroad programs in Latin America and, yes, people really did ask me if I was studying abroad across a state line. I was as confused as you are. These types of questions amplified after I finally made my decision to come to Colombia, but first, why Colombia?
The easy answer is that I study international politics, nation-states, and social movements as my major and my area of focus is Latin America. But, no rule said I had to study abroad in Latin America — no pressure, not anything. I easily could have decided to go to Europe and be another White girl in Spain, living her best life, traveling to different countries every weekend. But, even for an avid traveler like me, that seemed unappealing.