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Alex Samson ’13

Kenya Connection

I’ve always wanted to go to Africa. I’m studying health science in the College of Education, Nursing and Health Professions so I decided to do a study-abroad program in Africa that pertained to my major.

At first I wasn’t interested in Kenya. I didn’t want to do the rural, home-stay deal. I originally applied for a health and community development program in South Africa but that was full. I was referred to Kenya because the courses mirrored each other. After some internal conflict and talking it through, I decided to toughen up and just go for it. Kenya was amazing.

The program, which is run by the School for International Training (SIT), was mostly experiential learning. Living with three different families, I was fully immersed in the culture. In addition to learning about Kenya, I learned a lot about myself. I’ve become more self-reliant and less judgmental. I also understand better what I need to do to achieve my career goals.

Helping people in less fortunate circumstances is important to me. Through University of Hartford programs, I’ve been to the Amazon jungle in Ecuador to teach English as a second language and to Georgia to repair homes for the elderly.

Kenya led to great opportunities here. Because of the experience, I was chosen for a summer internship at the Burgdorf Primary Care Center at St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center in Hartford, and I am now an ambassador for SIT. After I get my undergraduate degree, I plan to enter the Peace Corps’ Master’s International program to continue my studies and community service.

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