Anastasia White

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Carlow University
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Arts & Culture
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International Experience

Anastasia White is an African American and LGBT affiliated woman from Miramar, Florida that spent seven weeks in Bangalore, India. In India, Anastasia studied Human Rights, Gender Studies, and Bollywood Dance Monday through Friday at Christ University. When she was not studying, she travelled to various parts of India including Agra, Jaipur, Goa, Mumbai, Coorg, Mysore, and New Delhi during the weekends. Also, in her spare time, she had partaken in volunteer opportunities such as touring at a local village and donating toys to children in impoverished areas. During her journey, Anastasia made the effort to assimilate into the culture and fully grasp the concept of the caste system. Through interactions with locals and learning how to adapt to her environment, Anastasia was able to gain new knowledge and learn new skills including bargaining, navigating, and listening in-depth. Anastasia was surprised to learn that the caste system is no existent in modern-day India, but people are still aware of what caste they would belong to if it was still legal. Spending seven weeks in India allowed Anastasia observe another culture and reevaluate her values as an American citizen. By combining the culture she adopted India and her American culture, Anastasia she has plans to develop as a global citizen. Anastasia hopes to share her experience with others and encourage others to have an amazing journey their own abroad.





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