What I Did in Cape Town

Current Cape Town Student Ambassadors

Dan Trunzo (English) - Winter 2016-17

Before I went to Cape Town, I was very excited about the program but also fairly nervous. I vaguely knew one or two people going out of our entire cohort which was intimidating. When I met with Julie-Anne, the engaged learning coordinator, about my placement in Autumn, we were still trying to find the best fit. I was excited about the class offerings, meeting an entirely new group of people, and experience a new place with an incredibly rich history. My goal was to arrive in Cape Town with an open mind. I knew that as long as I was open to new experiences and stories, I would grow.

I found that approaching Cape Town with an open mind was essential because as I found out, any preconceived notions I did have were shattered.

Malia Wakinekona (Psychology) - Winter 2016-17

On a whim, I enrolled in the course History of South African during my freshman fall at Stanford. It was the second class of my college career and I was scared and nervous to be in a room full of mostly upperclass-men. From the moment Professor Campbell began his first lecture, I knew it was and still would be one of the greatest classes I took while at Stanford. In short, I choose to study abroad in Cape Town, South Africa because it was a once in a lifetime experience to contextualize, experience, and feel the history of a place that I was so mesmerized by in those first 10 weeks of my freshman fall.

 

Past Cape Town student Ambassadors

Divya Gopisetty (Human Biology) - Spring 2015-16

I chose to study abroad to allow myself to grow and learn in new ways, particularly through interacting with South Africans who work and study in Cape Town. Cape Town also appealed to me because of the complexities of post-apartheid society, as well as the beautiful scenery of the region.

Alex Ramsey (African and African American Studies) - Winter 2015-16

Studying in Cape Town gave me the chance to take classes I wouldn’t have had time to at Stanford, as well as classes I would have never thought to take at Stanford. It also gave me space to reflect on my academic career and thinking about my future more clearly.

Alec Hogan (International Relations) - Winter 2014-15

My decision to study abroad in Cape Town was directly tied to my personal and academic interests surrounding race, politics, urban studies and African history, as well as my desire to explore the natural beauty of the city and surrounding areas.