After nearly 12 hours in the air, the wheels of the Boeing jetliner struck asphalt at DTW International Airport. My trip to Argentina had finally come to an end. As I sit here in my suburban bedroom, I can’t say theres not a little bit of me still wishing I was in my bustling, downtown Buenos Aires apartment. Over those two weeks, I learned so much more than I was expecting. I went in thinking I had a decent grasp on Argentina, but I was soberly reminded that it is next to impossible to encapsulate a country in a single book or article. A country is more than just facts; it’s smells, tastes, and real interactions. This trip has been the perfect mix of culture and learning that has truly brought me to a better understanding of what it means to be an Argentinian. I’m definitely glad and thankful that I had the opportunity to go on this trip. My favorite part had to have been when we received our group tango lesson. Honestly, the group didn’t expect much looking at the drab facade, but once we walked upstairs we found a grand ballroom with an eclectic feel and decorations that felt out of a weird dream. I wish I could better put into words the emotion that this place generated. I also will definitely miss the empanadas and asado that I have become so accustomed to eating. I am going to try my luck at cooking some empanadas on my own but I am expecting them to look more like blobs of mush than abuelita’s specialty. In addition, I feel like the management and governmental policy knowledge that I have learned from the site visits to the wide variety of healthcare providers will translate into my future career. Even if I don’t work for a healthcare firm, it is always important to understand organization and the interconnection of different firms. I would highly recommend this to incoming freshman for next year. The food is great and surprisingly cheap, it’s one of the few opportunities to visit South America, and there are many ways in which you can apply yourself through the curriculum. The world is yours for the taking, and this program is structured for you to take it. I hope you have enjoyed these blogs as much as I have, and thank you all for the support. I’d like to give a special thanks to Mrs. Linda Haller, who made this trip possible through a scholarship award. This trip has changed my perception of not just healthcare on the global scale, but what it truly means to be global. I cannot thank you and your family enough for giving me this opportunity, and I can say that it has been worth it a thousand times over.
Ciao -Dominic Haight