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University of Michigan Ann Arbor
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Huiyi Lin, Alumni Ambassador
How did you engage with the local community while abroad?
In Buenos Aires, there were cafes and bakeries on every corner. My tradition after class was to grab a latte and merienda at a different cafe around the city every time. One time, I met a kind elderly woman who taught me about their national holiday and gave me some traditional pastries to try. There were also many farmers markets and artist fairs on the weekends. Being able to interact with local artists and see their amazing craftsmanship was one of my favorite parts of the trip!
what was your favorite class while abroad, and why?
My favorite class while abroad was called Sports and Contemporary Culture in Argentina. Our instructor, Eduardo, was incredibly passionate about the topic. We learned about the economic, political, and cultural history of Argentina and how it affected the development of sports and gender norms. We visited famous football stadiums around Buenos Aires and even watched a women's football match! Through this class, I was able to see and feel the passion that Argentinians had for football from the chants, museums, and jerseys worn around the city. I learned about the connecting force sports had in local communities as it's being used to rally people to fight for social issues like women's rights and youth education.