“My study abroad experience in Dubai and Abu Dhabi was transformative. I was challenged to confront and unlearn some of the biases and stereotypes that had been fed to me through my upbringing and media immersement.
I was able to have one-on-one conversations with individuals of different backgrounds and racial identities, fostering new levels of empathy and understanding for the life struggles that they shared with me. I further developed my sociocultural skills through cultural appreciation of Emirati and Arabic traditions, amidst forming bonds with wonderful peers that I am able to call friends now. Overall, I am grateful for the experiences and lessons learned throughout the trip and hope to pursue similar opportunities in the future in hopes to challenge my world view and continue evolving into a more cultured and well-rounded individual.”
– Raul Dominguez, Futurism and Sustainability in Abu Dhabi and Dubai, Spring Break 2023