Thursday, January 15th, 2015 
  1. Gain an understanding of the US-Cuban relationship from the Cuban perspective. I would love to be able to meet with someone in both the US Interest Section and the Cuban Government to talk about what have been some of the difficulties in the past to warming relations between the two countries, and what are some of the hopes for the future (particularly with the new efforts to improve the relationship between the two countries).
  2. Learn about what exactly are the goals of the peace talks and are some of the changes being made between the US and Cuba. It would be a stretch, but I would love to get to go to some kind of press conference/meeting/seminar/ or something where people are talking about the new arrangements and get an idea of what exactly is changing in the relationship between our two countries.
  3. Gain a better understanding of how the Cuban Government works and to get a better understanding of what it truly means to be Socialist. In the US we use socialism/communism like buzzwords for politicians, but very rarely do I think we have a good understanding of what the system truly entails. I would love to get a chance to visit the capital, the Museum of the Revolution, talk with Cuban citizens and officials to get an inside look at what life truly is like in Castro’s Cuba. I would also love to get a chance to talk with veterans of the Revolution and learn what it was like, and how the revolution is perceived by the different generations in Cuba.
  4. I want to learn about youth involvement in politics in Cuba, and see how the next generation of Cuba gets involved in politics and becomes a part of the system. One thing I have never understood about Socialist/ Communist governments is how someone actually gets involved in government and how someone actually becomes a government official (member of the national assembly, politburo, etc.). I hope to get a chance to meet some college students involved in the Young Communist League, or that were involved in the Jose Martí Pioneer Movement when they were younger just to get an idea of what the organizations are like. I would also like to learn why they decided to join, what they hope to do in the future (i.e. pursue something in Public Service), and see how their youth programs compare to American Youth Programs, such as College Republicans or College Democrats.
  5. After reading Adios Hemingway,  I hope to learn about Hemingway’s life in Cuba, as well as learn about Cuban literature and the literary culture in Havana.
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Thursday, January 15th, 2015 
  1. Hablar español exclusivamente, Lograr una mejor fluidez en español. Aprender, por lo menos, 1,000 palabras únicamente cubanas.
  2. Aprender sobre el sistema comunista de Cuba y sus efectos en la gente cubana.
  3. Aprender sobre la historia entre Cuba y Los EEUU, desde la perspectiva cubana.
  4. Conocer a la gente local, hacerme amigos con ellos, y aprender sobre su cultura.
  5. Aprender sobre la medicina cubana, específicamente los cuidados paliativos. (Tema de mi proyecto de investigación).
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Thursday, January 15th, 2015 
  1. From the perspective of the Spanish language my goal is not only to increase my fluency and understanding of Spanish, but to also become more comfortable in speaking it with indigenous Spanish speakers.
  2. I want to learn as much about Cuban culture—likes, dislikes, beliefs, music, entertainment, etc.—as I can, by process of immersion and maintaining an inquisitive mindset while abroad.
  3. From the perspective of a filmmaker I want to learn about my subject(s)—Cuba and the Cuban people—from a humanitarian perspective.
  4. Since the entire trip will consist of many new experiences, a goal I have is to enter the country with somewhat of a “tabula rasa” mindset and try to not bring with me any assumptions, hearsay, or opinions I have of the country and culture, and let experiential learning take over. That way I’ll be able to have an unbiased understanding of the culture—by extension I plan to make a conscious effort not to let my “American South” culture impede on my education of Cuba.
  5. My final goal I have is to be able to interpret and meet the previous four goals to the extent that I can return home and teach others what I have learned in the most honest, impartial, and accurate way possible.
Thursday, January 15th, 2015 
  1. I am eager to become a better Spanish communicator over the semester. I want to try my best to understand their quick dialect and get as much experience speaking to others as possible in order to speak Spanish comfortably in the future.
  2. That in mind, I have another goal to not speak in English unless it is necessary. This is going to be extremely difficult and at some points even aggravating, but as I have been advised by so many, challenging myself outside my American-living, English-speaking comfort zone will benefit me undeniably.
  3. During my time in Havana, I want to explore and continually try my best to understand their culture. This involves their music, literature, and food. Music is very special to me, so my goal is to discover as much beautiful Cuban music to sing and enjoy as possible.
  4. A goal very important to me is to excel in all of my classes. I’m going to strive for a 4.0 GPA this semester, because my grades are critical for my plans of graduate school to study international business.
  5. Most importantly I want to find purpose while I am gone. Whether it is representing the University of Alabama in my dedication to learning, myself in being an open-minded and respectful tourist, or my country in symbolizing our hope for peace and cooperation— I am grateful and optimistic about all that Cuba will teach me.
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Thursday, January 15th, 2015 

1. Become a proficient, if not fluent, Spanish speaker
2. Move closer to my double major in Spanish and Nursing
3. Learn about the Cuban people, the government, their culture, their way of life, and how it differs from our American culture
4. Form lasting connections with Cubans
5. Relearn the art of conversation amongst native Spanish speakers

Thursday, January 15th, 2015 
  1. Make Cuban friends
  2. Feel comfortable using subjunctive tense
  3. Develop a better accent
  4. Stay up to date with US/Cuban status and understand how the developing relations affects both countries
  5. Build confidence in Spanish conversation


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Tuesday, January 21st, 2014 
  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
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Tuesday, January 21st, 2014 
  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.
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Tuesday, January 21st, 2014 
  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.


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Tuesday, January 21st, 2014 
  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
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