Nicole Philipps is a senior majoring in Biology with a certificate in Global Health and studied on the UW Agriculture, Health & Nutrition in Uganda program in January.
Academic Life: I received credit for Nutritional Sciences 421. Completing this class abroad gave us the opportunity to learn about nutrition as well as many other topics such as gender inequality, sanitation, and tropical farming. I was accompanied by 15 other UW students as well as 2 professors from UW-Madison. We learned not only from the UW professors but also from villagers, employees at the U.S. embassy, health care workers, medical officers, farmers, Ugandan students, and children. One of the greatest things I realized was that any location can be your classroom; you just need to be open minded.
Benefits of Study Abroad: Study Abroad gave me the opportunity to learn more about global health, and become more passionate about it. I’m hoping that passion will help me find a career that is important to me.
Tips for Future Students: Don’t hesitate to apply simply because you have never been abroad before. BE ADVENTUROUS! You may learn things about yourself, or even be surprised with yourself by challenging your comfort zone.