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Study Abroad and Domestic Study Away

Notes from Abroad: Kimberly in Canada

Kimberly Perez ’19 is a double major in Spanish and SOAN who is studying in Regina, Canada.

Transitioning from a big city (Chicago) to a very small city (Regina) was
interesting! I have always lived in Chicago and I am used to the noise while I sleep, and the
crazy traffic, with lots of public transportation. Regina is a very small, quiet city with limited
bus routes but the good thing is that you can get from one side of town to the other pretty
quickly. Adapting to Canadian culture in Regina, Saskatchewan was interesting. I definitely
made a fool of myself when I tried to pronounce “Saskatchewan” for the first time in Canada! I
got glares from the people surrounding me at Walmart and the friends I had made giggling.
The good thing is that I quickly fixed this by having my friends pronounce it for me, so I knew
how to say it. You have to say it with an accent, and I am pretty sure I have that accent down,
so it is safe to say that I have it down now! The popular dish from Canada is poutine,
which is fries with home-made gravy and cheese squares, usually with cheddar but there is
always an alternative. I never knew I would love poutines as much as I do now! The best part
is when restaurants offer to top it off with loads of bacon… can’t say no to that! There were
always new exhibits at the local art gallery, and it was always fun to go to the Royal
Saskewan museum and continue to learn about Canada, Regina, and the full culture of the
high populations of Aboriginal Peoples. I am a Sociology and Anthropology major, and I
spontaneously took three sociology courses on my study abroad trip because the courses
seemed so interesting! I took the Sociology of Addictions, the Sociology of Mental Illness, and
Issues of Power and Justice. All of these are classes that are not offered at Lake Forest
College, but I will make sure that I suggest it to my professors! It was amazing to learn about
the sociology of different kinds of addictions, not just drugs, ! and alcohol. Taking Sociology of
Mental Illness made me learn ! about the history of mental illness and the patterns of
prevalence. It was great to learn about Aboriginal Peoples and their culture, as well as the
things that they face on a daily basis through all of my five courses. My overall experience in
Regina, Saskatchewan helped me to focus on myself, my studying habits, and to learn about
Canadian culture and history.