Reason you chose this program: I've always wanted to go to India!

Favorite classes: Modern Indian Art.  I learned a ton. It was very applicable, allowing me to understand the culture more deeply and artistically. The class also allowed for analytical thought. 

Describe the housing situation: I stayed in an international hostel that held semester-long students on the second story and permanent international students on the ground level.  It was a great place to stay, and there was a shuttle going to and from the hostel during class times. 

Biggest surprise:  Probably the biggest surprise was how friendly people were.  It was not uncommon to be approached by a stranger checking to see if I liked their country. (I definitely did, and do.)

Greatest challenge: Waking up before 6 a.m., six days a week to go to yoga.  It was worth it. 

What I wish I knew before I left: I wish I knew the purpose and practices of the festivals, which I really enjoyed.  I would have set off more fireworks! 

What you know now that you didn't know before going abroad:  I feel I understand more about travel and how to communicate across cultural bounds.

Experience with culture shock or reverse culture shock:  Upon arrival, I was shocked at the amount of noise in traffic, which is generally heavy in cities.  In India, using the horn is a courtesy that allows people to know of your presence. 

Fact about your host country that you think people would be surprised to learn: Gandhi is pictured on Indian currency.