CAS '19 Makeda Barr-Brown

SA: CIEE Cape Town
PGS: Travel to Mongolia
GRIP: Intern in India

Programs Abroad:

  • Semester Abroad (SA): CIEE Cape Town, South Africa

  • Penn Global Seminars (PGS): Globalization and Corruption, Travel to Mongolia

  • Global Research & Internship Program (GRIP): CASI Intern in New Delhi, India

Ask me about...

  • Being a person of color abroad

  • Being a woman abroad

  • Volunteering abroad

  • Additional traveling while abroad

  • Being vegetarian/vegan while abroad

My Experience:

I'm an International Relations major, and I was studying Politics and History at the University of Cape Town [CIEE Cape Town], so that was the most direct way in which my time abroad related to my major at Penn. Studying in South Africa also inspired my senior thesis for my major, so I have been trying to take as many courses as possible related to South Africa now that I'm back at Penn. The PGS I went on also allowed me to explore the fields of globalization and corruption. I have previous work experience in education, so my CASI Internship in India allowed me to explore education from a different perspective as well as explore how education and politics interact together.

Other Highlights:

  • Climbing Table Mountain

  • Traveling around South Africa

  • Riding horses at a gher camp

  • Bonding with my classmates in Mongolia

  • Watching the stars at the gher camp

  • Relaxing in Goa during monsoon season

  • Visiting Amber Fort

  • Trying new food around Delhi

  • Having my Princess Diana moment at the Taj Mahal

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