Meet our 2022 Study Abroad student bloggers

Study Abroad |
Edson College of Nursing and Health Innovation

This summer marks the first study abroad trip back to Peru since 2019. The program, Exploring Healthcare, Culture, and Ethics in Peru, introduces students to global health practices, the importance of culturally relevant health care and more.

Below, you’ll meet two Edson College students who will be documenting and sharing their experiences while abroad. They depart for Lima on May 31.

Aida Zaki

Aida Zaki sits on a bench and smiles at the camera

Hello! My name is Aida Zaki. I am a rising sophomore at Arizona State University in the Edson College of Nursing and Health Innovation. I am a first-generation student raised in an Indonesian & Black American-infused household. I love to explore new places, draw if I have time, and binge-watch Korean dramas. 

I am so honored and ecstatic to study in Peru alongside peers to learn about their culture, history and values. It’s been my dream to study abroad in a place where I am allowed to enhance my knowledge and understanding of the applications I study in my major.

I am very excited to be exposed to new knowledge through exploring places like Machu Picchu and the health clinic. I want to gain cultural awareness and understanding through the various expeditions in this program while building connections with the community and their culture. 

So, I hope to share my stories and adventures with you on this very exciting journey!

Shaniece N. Randolph

Shaniece Randolph smiles at the camera

Hola me llamó es Shaniece N. Randolph and I am a senior in the Edson College of Nursing and Health innovation nursing program. I was born and raised here in Phoenix, Arizona with African American and Mexican influences. 

I chose to go to Peru because I want to practice my Spanish skills and learn more about the culture. My best friend’s family is from Peru, and I have been fortunate enough to try some dishes and learn about their culture. South America has been on my bucket list of places to travel for many years, and I am excited to be a part of this experience, especially before graduating. 

Nursing has been a dream job of mine from a young age. My goal is to help and advocate for Spanish-speaking patients because breaking the language barrier can make a difference in their experience and overall care. I find that going to Peru will also allow my colleagues and me to expand our knowledge and grow in our cultural competency. Overall, I am happy I chose to go on this amazing adventure.