"Study abroad has exposed me to unique African rituals, art, religious beliefs, and music, which have all been incredible life changing experiences."
Chase Drewery, First Trip Scholar-South Africa
Studying abroad in South Africa has afforded me a phenomenal international experience and has expanded my knowledge of Zulu language and culture. Total immersion within the local communities and volunteering among Zulu native peoples has provided me greater appreciation and understanding of my roots and ancestors.
While visiting the U. S. Embassy in Pretoria, the executive capital of South Africa, I had the honor of meeting U.S. Ambassador Reuben E. Brigety II. I learned more about the ambassador's role in building positive international relations between the U.S. and South Africa which shed light on the importance of diplomacy and social justice issues.
I enjoyed taking in the cityscapes of Johannesburg, South Africa's largest metropolitan area and its leading financial, commercial, and industrial center, nurtured my drive to further explore my entrepreneurial visions for e-commerce, advertising and marketing.
Exploring the streets of Soweto, touring the legacy of the African gold mines, visiting Nelson Mandela’s home, and learning about the country’s social justice history has been an incredible journey into further understanding the bridge to freedom over the years by the South African people.
Study abroad has exposed me to unique African rituals, art, religious beliefs, and music, which have all been incredible life changing experiences. I know these lessons will allow me to make positive impacts within my own community in Washington, DC, as well as around the world someday.
Thank you, First Trip, for awarding me this opportunity to gain valuable international experience and setting me on a path toward realizing my academic goals and career aspirations!