Patti McGill Peterson Center for International and Intercultural Studies
Hola! My name is Emily Brown and I am a senior from Boston, Massachusetts. This year I will be finishing up my Global Studies major, focusing on Latin American Studies, and Sociology minor. I spent my junior spring in Puebla, Mexico through St. Lawrence's ISEP program. Besides having the opportunity to travel around the country, I also experienced my first earthquake and volcanic activity! Needless to say, it was an exciting semester filled with adventure, culture, and other eye opening experiences.
I chose to study abroad in Mexico for many different reasons like language, my major, and partly because I grew up there. I felt like going back as a student would be a great way to reconnect with the culture that I loved so much as a child. Being in Mexico as a student allowed me to see a side of the culture that I could understand on a completely different level.
One of my best experiences while I was in Mexico was teaching English to a group of kindergarteners three times a week. Taking this course taught me a lot about the education system in Mexico and how much culture plays a role in schools. Through this experience I was able to begin a photography project that will be exhibited as part of my SYE. The photos focus on the exploration of Mexican culture in education and various communities around Mexico.