This fall, junior Jenna is studying abroad in Dehli, India. She tells us about her experience so far:
Hi everyone! My name is Jenna Lipman and I am a junior here at Santa Clara, studying economics and religion. I am originally from Port Washington, New York but have loved traveling to the West Coast for college. I guess you can say that I love traveling in general. Somehow my junior year at SCU has led me to a city on the complete opposite side of the world: Delhi, India. I have already been in Delhi for almost two months and it is slowly starting to feel like home.
Part of what has made Delhi feel like home is where I am living. I have been placed in a home-stay with an Indian family of four in a neighborhood called Saket. I am also taking an Indian Economics course at an Indian University called Kamala Nehru College. The school is an all girls campus of Delhi University, which has been an incredible experience given that many Indian women face obstacles I never even consider in the US. While living with a family and taking classes has been really wonderful, I have felt that I am in many ways being blinded to many realities of both the city and country I am living in.
I have recently started an internship with a national NGO, whose name I cannot disclose in order to protect their client base. The organization strives to protect the rights children, women, and young people and from my perspective does incredible work with victims of abuse and human trafficking. So far, I have been working on research for the finance department of the organization. The opportunity to intern at an NGO has given me more perspective and the chance to expose myself to issues I was closed off from otherwise.
Sounds like a wonderful experience! We are so glad you are enjoying yourself! AOE