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Off-Campus Study

Notes from Abroad: Camille in Botswana

Notes from Abroad is a new feature on the Off-Campus Programs website, in which we highlight small snippets of a student’s experience.  This week’s feature is from Camille Krier’17, a Politics major and Legal Studies and Philosophy minors student currently studying abroad in Botswana.

Camille Krier

ACM Botswana

Politics major

Legal Studies & Philosophy minors

I think one of the biggest learning experiences I have had since arriving in Botswana is a lesson in patience. The United States is such a fast paced country. You hear about it all the time growing up, but until you are living in another country, you do not really realize just how fast paced the lifestyle is. Botswana, on the other hand, is a very laid back country. Classes do not actually start until two weeks after the beginning of the semester. Both professors and students do not show up for the first couple weeks. I figured this out when I was the only one sitting in the classroom for the first two classes.

I do not know if it is because I am an American or if it is just the way I am wired, but I am also a fast paced person. I like to have things planned out and I like when things happen when they are supposed to. I have learned so much patience since being in Botswana simply because it is a slower paced lifestyle. There is time and then there is “African time”. You learn that if someone says they will be there in 10 minutes, it is actually closer to 20 minutes.

But, outside of patience, I have learned that everything is okay even when it does not happen exactly as I planned it. I have learned to loosen up a little bit because life does not always have to follow a strict path. There is no reason to stress when things do not go exactly as planned because things always turn out how they are supposed to. Once you realize you cannot control everything, it is very freeing.

I would like to thank Mrs. Huntington and Dean Speros for awarding me the Speros Scholarship because it has helped make my experience abroad possible. In a time when money is tight, this scholarship makes me cherish my experience and personal growth abroad even more.