Well hello there, readers!
Before I begin sharing all my experiences, opinions, and random thoughts with y’all I feel like we should be introduced! My name is Latrice Coleman and I am a junior at Duke University working towards a degree in Public Policy and a minor in Economics. As you may have guessed from the use of “y’all” in my previous sentence, I am a proud southerner. I believe y’all is a perfectly fine contraction, will never mistake cream of wheat for grits, and am convinced sweet tea may actually run through my veins. I say southerner because I have lived in about nine different cities in four different southern states and can’t lay claim to a specific state. For high school, I moved to the southwest – never to be mistaken for the south.
I’m currently in Florence, Italy doing my third and last study abroad program at Duke. I love it; the Italian lifestyle was made for me. I live in a villa, eat pasta and gelato daily, and nap whenever the mood strikes. The foodie in me is constantly satisfied and it’s easy for me to give in to my love of travel. In fact, even as I write this I am huddled in the back of a travel bus full of college-aged youth on our way to Oktoberfest!
Each day I spend abroad is a learning experience. Although I have studied many countries in various courses throughout my Duke career, it was not enough for me. Learning about different cultures in the classroom is different from experiencing and immersing in the culture first-hand. Each day, I feel my perspective shifting and becoming more nuanced. I hope that my blog will allow me to share some of these new perspectives with y’all!
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