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Bio Summary
Cohort Year: 
2017
Home Institution: 
Arcadia University
Heinz Programming Area: 
Economic Opportunity
Study Abroad Country: 
Taiwan
International Experience

Caitlyn Black traveled to Taipei, Taiwan for one month during the summer of 2017. She took a class on Global Perspectives on Chinese Business and Economy in which she learned of Taiwan's economic growth and its relations with China. She learned about Taiwan’s economic dependence on China through trade, along with the never-ending debate on Taiwan’s independence from the mainland. Taiwan was a life-changing experience for Caitlyn. She was integrated with Taiwanese students and others from all over the world. Caitlyn’s favorite meal to grab was the freshly grilled squid and a bowl of frog eggs, along with kumquat and green tea bubble tea. Hot Pot was another very popular meal in Taiwan as well, in which she cooked raw meat in a huge pot of soup with a continuous supply of vegetables, seafood, and flavorings to add. The temples were a favorite spot to explore with their extravagant decorations and colors could be found in the cities or hidden in the mountains. Caitlyn experienced worshipping gods and goddesses as the people gifted them with mangoes, candy, and bows with incense in their hands. Every chance Caitlyn got she traveled to a different part of Taiwan to be engulfed in the new culture. She ensured that she took time away from campus to explore as much of Taiwan as possible. She experienced tastes, smells, sounds, and sights she had never came across before. Taiwan was a valuable and essential part to her growth academically, globally, and individually. Taking that experience, she has established a deeper desire to travel the world and see more of Asia.

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