What I Did This Summer
The Maymester trip was exactly what pre-pharmacy major Kerri Brown had been searching for in a project.
“I had been looking for a summer study-abroad trip to take because I received a Summer Study Fellowship with my academic scholarship,” Brown said. When she learned about Cardon’s course, she knew she had found the one.
On May 8, Brown and 12 of her classmates boarded an airplane bound for Santa Domingo. It was Brown’s first plane ride.
“I was not really sure what to expect about the Dominican Republic,” she said. “I had never been on a plane before, much less out of the country, so everything was new to me.”
What Brown discovered upon her arrival surprised her.
“I had anticipated some things, like not being able to drink the water,” she said. “However, I was definitely not prepared for the levels of poverty that we saw there. I have been in poor neighborhoods in the United States, but the poor neighborhoods in the Dominican Republic are on a totally different scale. It broke my heart.”