<div>Cortney Cordero is a senior majoring in journalism at Hofstra University with a minor in creative writing. This New <span style="font-size: 13.0080003738403px; line-height: 1.538em;">Yorker has wanted to travel to Africa since she was in Kindergarten. This fall, her dream is finally coming true, and she </span><span style="font-size: 13.0080003738403px; line-height: 1.538em;">wants to share her experience with you.</span></div>
Blogs by Cortney Cordero
A Letter to my Pre-Study Abroad Self
Being State-Side Again
Well, folks, this is it. I'm officially back in New York and looking for my next adventure. These are a few of my closing thoughts about goodbyes and the past...
Reflecting When I'm Supposed to be Packing
Right now, I should be packing, but instead I'm blogging. Why? Because the simple act of packing is making me way too reflective to keep it to myself.
There's Bound to be Something that You Don't Like
The University of Cape Town is not an easy school to attend. Here are a few truths that I wish someone had told me in the beginning of my abroad trip that would...
A Word on the Protests in Cape Town
Students have been protesting all across the nation of South Africa concerning education fees and other aspects of university life. Although it's complicated my...
10 Things You Should Have on Your Cape Town Bucket List
Read up on these 10 fun things to do in Cape Town that you may not have on your bucket list this semester.
Safari: Hands Down the Coolest Thing I've Ever Done
IES offers a lot of optional field trips during your time in Cape Town, South Africa, and the big trip is to Kruger National Park. Get the inside scoop on the...
Getting to Know South Africa Personally
It's a no-brainer that your South African bucket list is going to have about a thousand different things to do on it, but here's why hitting up some museums...
Climbing Lion's Head
My first mountain hiking experience might have been a challenge, but it was a great experience in the end. Note to self: Don't hike a mountain on a rainy day.
One IES trip is called the Homestay Experience, where students get to spend 24 hours in a township. This is my own personal experience and a few thoughts on why...
The Garden Route
The first IES Abroad field trip I went on was the Garden Route. Although I was hesitant to go on the trip at first, it quickly became one of the highlights of...
Welcome to my South African cribz
Predeparture: Thinking About Comfort Zones
It's always scary and exciting to start a new chapter in your life. The night before leaving, it's totally natural to have anxiety about removing yourself from...