Laura Hyde is a junior in International Studies focusing on Africa and a French Major with a certificate in Women and Gender Studies. For fall 2011, Hyde is studying in Dakar, Senegal in West Africa.
I am studying in Dakar, Senegal in West Africa with CIEE. It is a language and culture program. I chose this program mostly because it was the only french speaking African study abroad program where I could take a course on women and gender studies. Before I got here, I wasn’t really sure what to expect. I was excited to be pushed out of my comfort zone and experience something new, but I was also worried about building up friendships and a support system in so little time. Since being here, my main struggles have been with language barriers and gender roles. I have studied abroad twice before: once in Quebec City, Quebec for five weeks, and in Avignon, France for spring quarter, both of which were french immersion programs.