Tula Strong '15
When I applied to the Princeton- in- Brazil program, I wrote about how I want to experience a culture that feels like home. Princeton is no doubt amazing and crazy, but it is also so different from the culture I grew up in. So I went to Brazil with this in mind, expecting a place that would allow me to feel completely in my element. Well, it didn’t quite do that. Instead Rio de Janeiro offered me a different kind of home, but nevertheless one that showed me an amazing experience that I could have never anticipated.
When I got back to the U.S, I realized I would miss many things about Rio. For instance being in a culture that truly embraces the idea that beauty comes in many different shapes and sizes, or experiencing a culture that sees love as something essential, normal, and is not afraid to express it. Being in Rio did not just teach me about another culture. It taught me how to find the feeling of home no matter where I am. It showed me to always appreciate whatever I have, to be comfortable with being uncomfortable, and to experience fully always. I am incredibly grateful and still excited that I had the ability to travel to Rio for this program. It was an experience that I will never forget, and it has convinced me that I must go back.