Life after graduation is often a hazy area for many students in college. The idea that our choices in college impact our lives greatly seems to be missed by a large majority of students—from choosing between treating college like a giant party or working hard and graduating with honors, to choosing to get largely invested and “enjoy the college years” versus simply treating college like a checklist before you enter the “real world.” Upon entering college the decisions made seem menial and hardly impactful; however, by the end…

What would it be like to spend a day in Port Elizabeth, you ask? Well, let me tell you that Port Elizabeth is deemed by all the locals to be a “small town,” especially in comparison to larger towns such as Durban, Cape Town, or Joburg (Johannesburg). While the city is actuality quite large and spaced out, it does have a “small town” feel to it. A unique thing about Port Elizabeth is its variety of languages. One really cool thing about South Africa is that it has…

Hello! Here is a short tour of the Port Elizabeth, South Africa. This quick video will give you an idea of what Port Elizabeth is like–from the crazy weather to the beautiful beaches to sporting events to townships. I hope you enjoy this tour of P.E. I hope you enjoyed this quick trip through Port Elizabeth, South Africa! Watch this video on CEA’s YouTube channel:  http://youtu.be/R7VWq7417VM Michelle Peniche is the Spring 2013 CEA MOJO in Port Elizabeth, South Africa

Hello! This video is a quick compilation of some of the main buildings at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. Now, this university has multiple campuses but this video only highlights the main buildings on the South Campus–the main campus. I hope you enjoy this quick tour and get a better idea of the NMMU South Campus! Great campus right? Hope you enjoyed the tour! Watch this video on CEA’s YouTube Channel: http://youtu.be/XV5fi8RxYWw Michelle Peniche is the Spring 2013 CEA MOJO in Port Elizabeth,…

Hello! Welcome back to South Africa. This past week I was fortunate enough to go on the NMMU (and CEA paid for) trip to the Western Cape of South Africa…primarily Cape Town. This trip was a very busy week, but full of really fun and cool new experiences. We started off our trip with a night at a township home stay followed by a trip up Table Mountain, a trip to Robben Island, a drive to Cape Point, and a day of ostrich farms and cave tours. I…

Hello and welcome to my flat: 4C in Annie’s Cove, South Africa! Annie’s Cove is a little complex owned by Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University that houses about sixty to eighty international students each semester. The flats are small and minimalistic; but they are within walking distance to school and a nearby grocery store, located near a drop off/pick up shuttle spot, and there is a great community of students at Annie’s. Here is a quick little tour through the flat, enjoy! Watch this video on CEA’s YouTube channel:…

Just this past week, I was lucky enough to spend a Saturday doing two amazing safaris. The first one was at Addo Elephant National Park, where we were in our own bus. The second safari was at Schotia where we sat in open Range Rovers. It was such an incredible experience to be so close to all the beautiful creatures native to South Africa.  Addo Elephant National Park! One of the MANY elephants we saw at Addo. A baby zebra and its mom! The only water buffalo we…

Active learning—this seems like such a foreign word to most people. I don’t know that I completely grasped the entirety of active learning until I came abroad; but the funny realization is that active learning is something that can be done—and often is done—in our day to day lives, even back home. Active learning can be something as simple as trying a meal, spice, meat, fruit, etc. you have never had before, but it also can be something as deep as building a bond with someone from a…

Hello and greetings from South Africa! My first weekend in South Africa began with an orientation trip, which was put on by the university. It was a short, three-day trip to Tsitsikamma Falls Adventure. This trip was so much fun – meeting other international students, trying traditional South African food, zip-lining through the Falls, and learning to drum with South African drums! I hope these photos help you vicariously enjoy the Falls. Tsitsikamma has a beautiful lodge and spa that we were lucky enough to walk through on…