Day 13: Tạm Biệt Saigon – 5/19/19 (Wait Why Am I Still Here?)

            After this amazing trip, I wanted to reflect on my experience and how it has shaped me. Overall, this trip has given me a whole new perspective through which to see the world. I have never experienced a city like Ho Chi Minh City before. With its charming mix of new high rises and…

Day 11: The Magnificent Mekong – 5/16/19

Today we started off a bit early and had a quick breakfast before leaving to go to the Mekong Delta area. First, we got on a boat to go to one of the islands to tour it. We started off with listening to traditional Vietnamese music. We also got to sample some fruits, which were…

Day 10: Don’t Barge in on this ImPORTant Day – 5/15/19

Today started off a bit early with my classic breakfast. Then, we headed to Cat Lai Terminal for a site visit. Cat Lai is run by Saigon Newport Corporation, which provides port operation, logistics, and shipping and offshore services. We mainly focused on port operation services during our visit. They take in huge containers for…

Day 9: Remembering both Ancestors and those Affected by War – 5/14/19

Today started out with my classic breakfast before we headed to UEF for a history of Buddhism lecture. The lecture was really interesting because I think learning about other religions is really cool. The lecturer told us that Buddhism is both a philosophy and a religion, which I think is really interesting because it allows…

Day 8: II Company Visits and VI More Days (Including Today) – 5/13/19

Today started off with a quick breakfast of vegetables, papaya, watermelon, and sweet bread. The papaya was so good! Then, we took a bus ride to Vietnam Singapore Industrial Park (VSIP). They build and design integrated industrial parks with places for people to live, learn, eat, shop, and work. This model works well for developing…

Day 7: Crawling around Cu Chi

Today, I started off my day with the classic half plate of spinach with some watermelon and sweet bread. I also had a tomato with bread crumbs and Parmesan cheese on it, which was delicious. Then, we hopped on the bus for a 2-hour ride to the Cu Chi Tunnels. I was surprised that this…

Day 6: Leave Room for Jesus – 5/11/19

We started out early this morning at 6 to take a bus to Vung Tau Beach. I can’t believe how heavy and backed up traffic was in Ho Chi Minh at 6 am on a Saturday. I watched the tall buildings slowly, very slowly, fade into shorter more shack-like buildings. The contrast between the city…

Day 5: Back in the US – 5/10/19

Today we mixed things up a bit because we did a site visit in the morning and the lectures in the afternoon. We had a later start, so I got to sleep in a bit. I had the classic vegetables, bread, and fruit for breakfast. Then, we went to the US Consulate, which has mostly…

Day 3: It’s All Fun and Gaming – 5/8/19

Today I started off with a delicious breakfast as always, which consisted of cooked spinach and greens, watermelon, papaya, and an orange cake. The orange cake looked and tasted similar to a donut hole. After breakfast, we went to UEF for our class on development in Ho Chi Minh. We learned that Ho Chi Minh…

Day 2: A Range of Developments – 5/7/19

Day 2 started out just as great as day 1. On the ground floor of the hotel, a huge breakfast buffet awaited us. I filled my plate with delicious watermelon, bananas, sweetbreads, and steamed buns. After our breakfast feast, we headed over to UEF, where we listened to a lecture about rural development in the…

Day 1: New Culture, New Friends, and New Experiences – 5/6/2019

This morning started with an amazing buffet for breakfast. The choices were endless, anything from fruit to cereal to pho to fried noodles to pancakes to sweet breads to eggs. I had never seen such an elaborate breakfast buffet before in my life. From there, the day got even better. We took a quick bus…

Day Dreams of Vietnam

Hi everyone! I’m Kayla Siedlecki, and I’m a freshman studying in the College of Business Administration with a planned major of finance and a dual degree with actuarial math. I am also planning to minor in economics and Spanish. After graduation, I plan on becoming a financial actuary, although my plans are subject to change…

Meet Plus3 Vietnam 2019!

Welcome to the Vietnam Plus3 Study Abroad Program! During their two weeks in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, students will experience a dynamic mix of educational and cultural activities. Plus3 participants will have the chance to be immersed into Vietnamese culture during the trip. The main academic portion of the Plus 3 program features visits…