For the Better. Forever.

“It’s a funny thing coming home. Nothing changes. Everything looks the same. Feels the same. Even smells the same. You realized what’s changed is you.” – F. Scott Fitzgerald Truer words have never been spoken. I embarked on this journey to Vietnam with the intent of finding something, and that is exactly what I have…

Slithering Success

Our final adventure had us on the bus at 8 this morning. We began the trek south from the city to the Mekong River Delta region. The delta is critical to the production of food, fish, and other resources in Vietnam. The soil is incredibly fertile, which is due to the sediments in the river….

Can’t be Contained

It’s always a good morning in Vietnam, no matter how sweaty I am before noon. I am sure I have mentioned it before, but just in case I haven’t… it’s SO hot here! There are no words to properly describe it, but oppressive is pretty close. This morning’s agenda entailed a visit to Cat Lai…

A Roller Coaster from Beginning to End

What a day. We’ve been going non-stop since nine a.m., but I wouldn’t have it any other way! This morning we kicked off the day with a super insightful lesson on Buddhism. I learned so much! Buddhism is a religion, but it is also separately a philosophy. You can follow any religion and still practice…

Made in Vietnam

Monday morning started early. We boarded the bus en route to the Bình Dương Province, home to a Vietnam Singapore Industrial Park (VSIP) site. VSIP is a joint venture between the governments of the two countries. There are nine sites throughout the country, and they drive development through foreign investment. VSIP provides ready made factories,…

Tunnel Vision Opened My Eyes

To say today profoundly moved me would not be enough. My original interest in coming to Vietnam, outside of my desire to travel the world, stemmed from the impact this country had on my Grandpap when he served during the war. Not only was he impacted mentally and physically, but genetically as well. His exposure…

Knowing Jesus Inside & Out

6 a.m. Half asleep. On the bus. Stuck in traffic. It was a great start to the day! Luckily, I dozed off until we made it to the beach resort town of Vung Tau! However, between my snoozes I couldn’t help but notice the stark difference between the city and the rural areas on the…

Open to Interpretation

Good news and bad news. The good news is that I have not seen the gecko since it scurried across the wall and hid behind the painting. The bad news is that I have not seen the gecko since that moment. Let’s just hope (for everyone’s sake) that he’s gone for good! Day 5 was…

You Had Me at the Marble Floors

After a fun night of karaoke with the UEF Vietnamese students, I woke up to the sounds of the busy streets, ready to start day four. (Seriously, I can’t believe how many people think it’s okay to honk before 7 a.m.) The lecture this morning was a more in-depth synopsis of the very long and…

Firmest Glass Egg I’ve Ever Seen

Today we got down to business. We spent the morning learning about urban development in Vietnam. The lecturer included a great comprehensive history lesson that really augmented the concept of how Vietnam has, is, and will continue to change in the future. He shared with us the plans of Vietnam becoming a Smart City, stressing…

Development at it’s Coolest

Day two has been just as much of a whirlwind as the first. We started off with a lecture on the Mekong Delta region. It covered the importance of the area to the economy of Vietnam, the culture and customs of the area, as well as how climate change and upstream development are having a…

Feeling the Love (and heat)

Xin chào! Ho Chi Minh City. Wow! I’m not sure exactly what I was imagining it to be like, but it has surely surpassed any of those expectations. I was (and still am) completely in awe of this city. There is so much life. People are all throughout the streets, selling items, hanging out, cleaning,…

Here I Come, Ho Chi Minh!

Hello everyone! My name is Jaden Draksler and I am a freshman in the College of Business Administration. Currently, I am double majoring in Finance and Supply Chain Management while also pursuing the Certificate in Business Analytics and a minor in Economics. I am not entirely sure what I want to do after graduation yet,…

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…