A Hard but Important Lesson by Rebecca Davis

Throughout my travels in Ecuador, I was able to see so many different communities. My academic experience was the furthest thing from classes on campus because I was able to immerse myself in the culture and learn firsthand rather than via PowerPoint or textbook. It was absolutely incredible to witness the ways that people maintain sustainability despite not having as many resources as people in the United States do. This…

Experiencing a New Culture by Rebecca Davis

On my study abroad trip, I completely immersed myself in the Ecuadorian culture. I experienced what it is like to live in the communities we visited and truly connect with the locals, whether it be through food, sports, or simply conversation. I am a pretty picky eater, so I was worried about the types of food I would be eating, but I decided to put that aside and fully enjoy…

Culture, Customs, and Traditions by Casey O’Brien

Today (7/29/22), we toured the historic district of Quito. We saw many beautiful churches. One was completely gold on the inside, coated with gold leaf. We walked by the Presidential Palace in the Plaza Grande and then a couple of streets down tried lots of different fresh juices. One thing I found very different was how close you could get to their Presidential Palace, and the minimal security around it,…

Intro by Rebecca Davis

Hello, my name is Rebecca Davis, and I am a rising senior. I am a Chemistry major and a Psychology minor at the College of Charleston, and this summer I spent two weeks in Ecuador on a study abroad trip with the Water Quality Chemistry for Sustainability program. I chose this program because I wanted to experience chemistry outside of the classroom and in a way that can help those…

The Arts in Scotland- Thea Eiland

It is officially my last weekend in Scotland, and I have had the opportunity to attend a variety of arts events in Glasgow and Edinburgh, as well as speak to a number of professionals in the industry. One of my major takeaways from this experience was just how different the arts scene is in Scotland compared to America. These distinctions can be attributed to several key elements: size, cultural/social identity,…

The Locals of Scotland- Thea Eiland

When deciding to apply for study abroad in Scotland, I did not really know what to expect, when it came to the people. It is always hard to know how a community of people will react to outsiders, particularly American tourists (we do not exactly have the best reputation lol). I know many European countries are known for their dislike of us Americans. I was definitely nervous about this going…