GROW Student Abroad

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I have recently returned from my visit to San Diego. It was a great experience that I will never forget. First off, it gave me the opportunity to fly on a plane for the first time and to visit out of my home state of Colima! When I boarded the plane, I was excited yet nervous at the same time. Mostly, I was thrilled about starting my adventure in San Diego.


When I arrived in San Diego, my host families, Judith and Daniel Muñoz and Bev and Dan Ornelas, warmly greeted me and welcomed me to their town.


My host families took me all over San Diego and I was able to make some incredible memories and take tons of pictures. I loved seeing all the seals perched on the rocks in La Jolla, riding the roller coaster in Mission Beach, visiting the beautiful campus of UCSD, watch the “Shamu Show” at SeaWorld, attend a Padres baseball game and observing the majestic exotic animals at the World Famous San Diego Zoo. I was able to try lots of different cuisines, including Vietnamese, Italian and Chinese. I learned how to use chopsticks and sampled some amazing dishes that I’ve never eaten before. I was also able to eat some American food like hamburgers and fries. They were SO tasty! Plus, San Diego has some delicious Mexican food. It is definitely authentic and it was great to have something small that reminded me of home.


One of the days, I was able to visit Organics Unlimited’s site. Being a GROW scholarship recipient, a worker in the banana fields and an agronomy major at the University of Colima, it was great to see this side of the business. I learned so much by shadowing Mayra and Manuel Velasquez de Leon for the day. It was so interesting to see what happens to the bananas after we pick them!

The experience was one I will never forget. Thanks to all the people who made the trip possible and to all the new friends I’ve made in San Diego.

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