Study Abroad 2017

Tales from Barcelona
Bringing it All Together

Bringing it All Together

Thursday was our last content class as this week is project development, completion, and final presentations. Since it was our last day of discussing the material, experiences, etc. as a class, it was critical to bring together all the information, excursions, and...

Organic Farmers: The Mentors of Food and Tradition.

Organic Farmers: The Mentors of Food and Tradition.

Visiting the dairy and apiculture farm was a treat to experience as I use both products daily. We started the excursion by visiting an organic dairy farm. I loved the calf as they were adorable, listening to them "moo" and having them nibble my hand warmed my heart....

Back to Basics

As city streets faded into fields of hay on our drive from Barcelona, nature demonstrated the theme I would be observing all day: going back to basics. The first stop of our excursion examining food production was La Selvatana, an organic dairy farm run by Ana....

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For Faculty: Visualizing the Learning Journey

For the first time since 2012 I decided to visualize the entire learning journey. When I worked as a faculty member with the American Family Physicians, Performance Enhancement Forum (PEF) whose job it was to prepare medical practices engage in quality improvement...

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Respect the Future: Love Women, Teach Children

Men fall comfortably into societal roles as leaders, protectors and providers, but to those categories and beyond, women are greatly misrepresented and generally unappreciated. This is something I find counter-intuitive considering women have the greatest...

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You Are What You Eat

The past few days in Barcelona have been centered around food. The experience has gone full circle: we started by learning how to make tapas from scratch, then we toured markets around the city, lastly we visited a diary farm and apiculture center to learn about the...

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Uphill Battle

Imagine the toughest workout that you’ve ever done. Now add a little bit of sweat to that. This is how my body felt hiking up the Montserrat. The hike, almost completely an uphill battle, left me feeling proud and thankful for my body’s physical capability. My fitness...

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Moo-ving and Bee-ing Around the Farmland

Although I was not interested in visiting La Selvatana, a family run dairy farm in Campllong Catalonia, Spain, it turned out to be an interesting experience. I now have new knowledge about agriculture and the role of gender in agriculture compared to my Pakistani...

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Shavasana

“Yoga is the journey of the self, through the self, to the self”, The Bhagavad Gita. Every practice of yoga that I follow, I learn something new about myself. At the start of practice, I take an upright position in Sukhasana. My hands are open, my palms facing the...

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Time Crunch

As a college student living in the Chicagoland suburbs, I have used many means of transportation for my daily commute to UIC. During the fall semester of 2016, I commuted by taking the CTA's orange line. From there, I would transfer to the 8 Halsted bus and walk two...

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All The Way Up

Have you ever had that feeling of wanting to begin something new but not knowing where to begin? Now imagine that that something is climbing a mountain and not having any knowledge of physical activity is your starting point. That was the position I was in three years...

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Dairy and Apiculture Excursion

On Wednesday we started the day early to head out of town to the dairy farm, La Selvatana. La Selvatana is a family farm that produces organic milk, cheese, and yogurt from cows that are able to graze the pasture. They sell their yogurt to schools throughout the...

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