Friday, May 27, 2011

Safari inaanza (the journey begins)!


Hamjambo (hello)! The journey begins! My name is Mike Cronin in English but my Swahili name is Msafiri (or traveler). Along with seventeen other companions, I will be embarking on an epic journey to Tanzania later today as a part of the Stony Brook Study Abroad program. This blog will describe some of my experiences with the program.

Who I am: I grew up on Long Island, NY but I now live in Rockland County in upstate New York (not geographically upstate but everyone insists on calling it upstate). I am entering my junior year at Stony Brook University and I am studying history. I intend to become a high school history teacher. My concentration is United States history but I want to learn more about global history and particularly African history.

Why I chose this study abroad program: Quite honestly, I'm bored with my country and seeking a once-in-a-lifetime-experience. I chose the most obscure program that I could find and thought this would be really cool because I might never be able to come to Africa again.

Anyways, I need to go to sleep because I got a flight to catch later! I'm hoping I could write on this blog once a week. Whenever I get internet access, I'll try my best to add whatever I can here.

Kwaheri (goodbye)!
- Msafiri