Tag: Goals

Five Academic Goals – Jamila Flowers

  1. Learn and understand Cuban culture
    1. Be able to know cultural dances, religions, foods etc.
    2. Grasp the heart of what it means “to be Cuban” (what the natives consider it to mean)
  2. Enhance my Spanish vocabulary
    1. Be able to understand the Cuban dialect and be able to differentiate it from other dialects
    2. Learn Cuban slang
  3. Speak more fluently (grammatically)
    1. Be able to process full sentences without stopping to process grammar forms
  4. Adjust to a new learning environment
    1. Gain valuable experience for future career
    2. Build connections with professors and natives
  5. Do well in classes
    1. Keep adequate study time
    2. Take notes
    3. Look for opportunities to do better

Five Academic Goals – Ellen Koogan

  1. Expand my Spanish vocabulary.
  2.  Become more confident speaking and writing Spanish.
  3.  Gain more skill in listening to native Spanish speakers.
  4.  Immerse myself in Cuban culture. Come back with a much better understanding of the people and their world.
  5.  Leave a positive impression of myself, my university and my country on everyone I meet.

Five Academic Goals – Savannah Senicz

  1. Talk comfortably in the past tense without having to overthink using the preterite or imperfect tense.
  2.  Learn how to read and understand literature and shorter works without stopping constantly to look up words.
  3.  Improve my accent and pronunciation. I want native speakers to actually be able to understand me when I speak to them. Now, most of the time they can’t understand me when I speak Spanish to them.
  4.  Improve my listening skills and processing speed when I hear the spoken language.
  5. Broaden my vocabulary and NOT forget the new words I learn.


Five Academic Goals – Alexander Plomaritis

  1. To become a more proficient communicator
  2.  To immerse myself within a foreign culture
  3. To comprehend and develop new culture
  4.  To develop a greater knowledge base and understanding of how poor countries operate
  5.  To make new friends and acquaintances at the university

Five Academic Goals – Kourtney Davis

  1. Pass my classes
  2. Make friends (locals) to study engineering with
  3. Study the appropriate number of hours per week (which I’ll figure  out after I get there)
  4.  Not be the typical rude American
  5. Not be shy and practice my Spanish even when it sounds rough

5 Goals for Cuba 2013 – Michael Lasonczyk

My name is Michael Lasonczyk, and while I am here studying in the city of Havana, I hope to accomplish many things.

  • First among these goals is to improve my Spanish.
  • When speaking Spanish currently, I sometimes get nervous, flustered and apprehensive about making mistakes.Hopefully by the end of the trip, I’ll be able to put my nerves aside and just talk.
  • Secondly, another goal I have while I’m here is to gain a better sense of the Cuban perspective of the current regime, communism and US-Cuban relations. Just as there are varying opinions in America, I expect to find the same here, but I’m interested to know what the average Cuban thinks.
  • Along those lines, my third goal is to become more independent in my thinking. Being raised as an American citizen is predisposes oneself to certain views of other countries around the word, and I hope that this trip will help break down some of the stereotypical American views of Cuba and come to form my own opinions.
  • Fourth, I aim to converse and get to know someone new everyday that we’re here. I know I can’t meet everyone on the island, but I think that so much can be gained talking to people out on the streets that could never be learned in a classroom.
  • Which brings me to my last goal: make good grades. Although Havana is an amazing city that I would love to explore all day everyday, we’re students foremost, and I have to remember that.


5 Goals for Cuba 2013 – Edward Woodall

I am Edward Woodall and my goals for my time in Cuba are as follows:

  • I want to become conversant in Spanish
  • I want to research and learn more about Cuba’s history and how Cubans feel about it
  • I want to gain a greater ability to live independently
  • I want to learn more about life in Cuba under the blockade
  • I want to gain a greater understanding of US-Cuba relations

5 Goals for Cuba 2013 – Eric Dixon

  •  Gain a better understanding of Cuba’s Non-state sector and the government’s plans for this segment of the country’s economy.
  • Learn more about the structure of Cuba’s trade agreements specifically the method of financing and shipping arrangements.
  • Learn more about Cuba’s economic relationship with the U.S. as compared to other countries that actively trade with the Cuban government.
  • Learn as much of the language as possible.  My personal goal is to learn 2 phrases and 5 new words daily.
  • Find someway to help a local business owner improve their current business model i.e. – improved operations or a shift in management style.

5 Goals for Cuba 2013 – Larilyn Miles

  • Right now, I understand Spanish well, but my response rate is not as quick as I would like it to be. My first and biggest goal right now is to be able to respond in Spanish quickly with the right vocabulary and appropriate tense.
  • I would definitely like to bond with locals not only to leave a good impression of Americans to Cubans, but also to know I have friends and close relationships with people all over the world.
  • I hope to be introduced to good Cuban recipes of all kinds including meals and desserts that I can take to America and introduce to my friends and family. I am not the best cook at the moment, so learning to buy groceries and cook my own meals in order to save money will definitely be a learning experience that I am looking forward to.
  • I want to learn more about the people who have had the most influence on Cuban music and entertainment culture. I also want to learn how it has changed over time and how it affects today’s culture.
  • I also want to be comfortable enough to initiate conversations with people as opposed to only speaking when I feel like I have to. Hopefully, I will be so confident that I will be able to comfortably help native Spanish speakers at my job without any hesitation as well as participating in community service back home.

5 Goals for Cuba 2013 – Caitlyn McMahan

  • I would like to improve my Spanish listening skills to a point where I don’t have to ask them to “repite” multiple times.
  • I want to learn more about the history of Cuba. I am not normally a history person, but I think it would be a shame for me not to take advantage of an opportunity to learn about such a rich and complex history.
  • I would like to visit many different types of churches, including a Catholic mass and a Baptist church. When I asked Profe about this, he said that it may be hard to find a Baptist congregation, but I plan to ask around.
  • I want to learn more about what the Cubans like to eat. Rather than go to a restaurant and ask for something that sounds vaguely American, I want to ask for their suggestions. Furthermore, I plan to ask about the recipes that they like to cook and prepare some for myself at Montehabana.
  • I want to take away as much as possible from the Cuban American relations class. It is not common for an American to be able to take such a class from a Cuban perspective, so I want  to take advantage of the incredible opportunity that I have.