Rebecca Fremd

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Waynesburg University

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Study Abroad Country: India Cohort Year: 2019 Home Institution: Waynesburg University Programming Area: Learning
International Experience Summary:

Rebecca travelled to Bengaluru, India this summer for seven weeks. In India Rebecca took three courses at Christ University. Bollywood dance: Indian Culture and Traditions, and Health Care Services. Rebecca's interest of study is in nursing, so she was very excited to learn about the Indian healthcare system and how to care for patients of a vastly different culture/religion with which she has no experience. In class, Rebecca learned about the Hindu religion, festivals of India, the status of women, and the health care system of India. When not in class, Rebecca ventured around her home city and explored the cultural aspects it had to offer such as temples, mountains, and even palaces. Rebecca went on excursions to Coorg, Mysore, Japiur, Abhaneri, Agar, and New Delhi. At each of these destinations Rebecca experienced different aspects of the Indian culture and the beauties that each city had to offer.

On this journey, Rebecca had been challenged in a way she had never been before. She learned to embrace change and accept that everything would not go according to plan, like she wanted. Rebecca even gained some patience. Rebecca learned to be more comfortable in the skin she was given and love herself more. The biggest thing Rebecca learned while in India was to let go of the grief she was holding onto of her eldest sister who had passed away in May of 2018. This journey had helped heal her heart and become a more accepting person of others. She wants more out of life now than what she originally planned for herself. She also wants to explore more and take what the world has to offer and not settle for anything. She no longer will accept that she should be satisfied with what she has when she knows she can learn and grow forever and change her path.

Community Engagement Experience Summary:

CEE Title: "The WE in Wellness" 

Our CEE was “The We in Wellness,” where we talked about the different parts of wellness. At our CEE we had educated our community on the different types of wellness: emotional, environmental, intellectual, occupational, physical, social, spiritual, financial health.  We also educated the students and community on how to identify resources available to keep our local and global communities happy and healthy. We held a fair where we had our own tables as a cohort as well as had tables from other student clubs that correlated with our wellness theme. We each focused on an individual aspect of wellness that best fit our international experience. Our cohort’s tables included social wellness and poverty, holistic care, natural remedies, environmental wellness and recycling, and domestic violence. We had several student clubs for spiritual health, mental health, emotional health as well as environmental health. We had given each person who showed up a “passport” to receive stickers for going to each table and listening to their presentation and answering the questions they had at the end. Once the students and community members had gathered all six stickers from the each of the cohort members tables’ they were entered to win a prize. We had chosen 10 prize winners and emailed them the following day. We had a good turn out and I believe we made an impact on the students as well as the community. We had a poster outside the event called “What Will You Do Now,” where several participants of the event wrote down something they will change that correlated with wellness. The majority of people had wrote down they will change their eating habits and become healthier and others wrote they will change their behaviors and be more environmentally friendly.