Penn Global Seminars My Final Farewell: Texas Edition

May 22, 2024
By Daniela Medina, CAS '26

PGS: Sacred Stuff: Religious Bodies, Places, and Objects

Daniela, one of the PGS Correspondents, shares her experience abroad during the Spring 2024 semester. Follow along with the group of correspondents on our blog and look out for their images on the @pennabroad Instagram feed.

Embarking on my maiden voyage to Oxford, I am captivated by the prospect of delving into its academic and professional realms, contrasting them with the American landscape. Foremost among my curiosities is the attire adopted by students, both in daily academic pursuits and during the rigors of final examinations.

DanielaIn anticipation of my journey, I've indulged in copious servings of my beloved Mexican cuisine, savoring every morsel of tacos, pinto beans, and rice, knowing well that such culinary delights may be scarce abroad. Furthermore, I am saying my final farewell to my parents, kitten, and brother, as he is graduating with his bachelor’s degree.


London beckons with promises of theatrical splendor, and I eagerly anticipate immersing myself in the transformative experience of witnessing "Hamilton" at the illustrious West End. Comparing this rendition to its Broadway counterpart in New York holds particular allure, promising insights into the nuances of theatrical interpretation across continents.

DanielaCentral to my academic aspirations is a profound curiosity about the evolution of religion and its societal impact. Through meticulous study, I aim to unravel the complex interplay of belief systems, exploring the ways in which religions intersect, diverge, and shape human perceptions of the sacred and profane. This journey of intellectual discovery holds immeasurable promise, offering glimpses into the intricate tapestry of human spirituality and cultural evolution.

As I embark on this voyage of exploration and enlightenment, I am filled with anticipation and a fervent desire to immerse myself in the rich tapestry of experiences awaiting me in Oxford and beyond. With each step, I am poised to broaden my horizons, forging connections, and insights that will resonate far beyond the confines of academia.

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Penn Global Seminars combine intensive semester-long study with a short-term travel component that deepens your understanding of concepts discussed in the classroom. Courses options are available for Penn undergraduate students across majors and years.