An unforgettable experience

Study Abroad |
Shaniece Randolph

This past week we all returned home. Personally, I found it to be a bittersweet experience simply because I missed my family and friends, but I was slowly becoming accustomed to my life in Peru. I was able to meet great people and make amazing friends. 

Shaniece Randolph looks on as little kids play with red balloons
Shaniece watches as the kids play in the school yard.
Edson College students pose in maroon scrubs with blue surgical masks on outside of a clinic in Peru
Students outside of the obstetrician clinic where they were able to observe doctors and nurses work.

Initially, I never considered myself going abroad or had much interest in doing so. I began getting emails about study abroad opportunities opening up for the first time again since the pandemic. I always like to challenge myself and try new things so I decided to submit an application for Peru. 

Shaniece Randolph smiles at the camera standing next to a wooly lamb.
Shaniece meets a friendly alpaca outside of a shop where handmade fabrics and souvenirs are sold.

For many years I’ve talked about traveling to South America and now I can cross it off of my bucket list. I am proud to say that I studied abroad in Peru at Arizona State University. This experience was very rewarding. I was able to learn a lot and make a difference for a few in the community. 

Students look on during a presentation. They are seated and all wearing black face masks
Students listen as a shop keeper shares how they clean wool with a native root that forms suds like soap and how to dye it using natural resources such as crushed bugs, corn, and peas.

As a nursing student, I was able to see many differences in the clinics in Peru versus the U.S. and how they worked with their patients, taking a more holistic approach. I was able to practice my Spanish in the clinical setting with patients and the obstetrician. My favorite part of the trip overall was the culture and food. The people were very welcoming and giving. I plan to go back someday and visit, especially the new friends I made while out there. I absolutely recommend studying abroad to students who have the desire to see the world.

Students helping to set up a tent. They are holding metal poles to create the tent structure. In the background is a plaza full of Peruvian people
Students work together to help setup a medical tent.