Hello and welcome to my blog!
If you're reading this it means that you're at least mildly interested in following my adventures this fall (2014), and for that I thank you! It means a lot to have you interested in what I'm doing and I hope this blog can provide some insight into my semester. I encourage you to comment, especially with questions I may be able to answer, or email me with anything at all! In this first post I'd like to talk a bit about the Who, What, Where, When, and Why of the content of this blog.
Who: Me, Wyatt Bensken, of course! However, I will not be spending the semester alone. There is a small group (about 17 of us) from American University who will be traversing through Nairobi and this semester together!
What: Semester Studying Abroad
Where: I will be spending this semester in Nairobi, Kenya. While the majority of my semester is in the city, I will be traveling outside of Nairobi multiple times for both academic and personal purposes.
When: I arrive in Nairobi on September 2 and will depart on December 21
Why: The biggest motivation behind my study abroad is the Public Health Scholars 3-Year Program at American University. I am a Scholar in this 3-year program (earning a bachelors degree in 3-years), and this study abroad experience is built in as part of the program. We had the opportunity to choose between three amazing locations: London, England; Manipal, India; and Nairobi, Kenya. I chose Nairobi because this is a part of the world that has always interested me and I've always desired to spend some time here.
This semester I will be taking Public Health classes at the University of Nairobi and will also be interning with a community-based health organization (organization TBD). While I will remain busy with academics, there will also be plenty of time for fun and exploration and I hope to capture those experiences on this blog as well.
It's impossible to predict how frequently I plan to blog - it will be very dependent on the experiences I am having but I can promise that if anything exciting happens you will hear about it on here!
I plan on writing my next post from Nairobi after two long flights!
P.S. While I am gone the best option to contact me is through Facebook or Email.