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Name: Lizzy Wynne ’16
Majors: International Studies and Politics & Government
Minors: Sociology/Anthropology and Black World Studies
Hometown: Madison, New Jersey
Experience: Study abroad with the OWU in Tanzania program in Dar es Salaam, Fall 2014
“I decided I was going to study abroad in Tanzania when I was attending StART OWU [academic orientation] the summer before my first semester at college, and I saw a flier for the OWU in Tanzania program. I turned to my dad and said, ‘Dad, I’m going on that trip.’
“What fueled my interest in going at first was my fascination with the African continent that grew while I was in high school, and as my freshman and sophomore years at OWU passed, it became more of a desire to challenge myself.
“I wanted to be challenged. I wanted to be challenged by a drastically new culture and lifestyle, which is what I believe studying abroad is for – exposing yourself to new people, new food, new languages. At some point, we all get stuck in the same routine and bubble at school; it’s easy to forget there’s a world of other people and other places with other issues different than our own.
“While going on several safaris was unbelievable, what amazed me the most was being able to see the legacy of colonialism and Nyerere’s socialist experiment, to see how the international community plays a role in Tanzania today, and to apply what I was learning to what I was living.
“We were also able to present our own papers at the Tanzania Public Health Association’s Annual Conference, which was an incredible (and nerve-wrecking) opportunity for us to build our skills as students, researchers, public speakers, and leaders.”