Alissamariah Gutierrez

Catholic University of America
Cape Town - University Of Cape Town

Hi! My name is Alissa; I am from NYC and am studying politics and psychology at Catholic University in Washington DC. I am unbelievably excited to be studying abroad in South Africa, and truly want this blog to reflect on the emotional, cultural, and intellectual experiences that Cape Town will lead me towards. Hope my blog will do this justice!

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July 17, 2017

Here are a few breathtaking moments that Cape Town has shown me. If you're still on the fence about studying abroad in South Africa, this might just convince you. And that's a wrap on the most life changing, crazy beautiful, few months of my life.


June 12, 2017

        In many ways, I am realizing that although I am living in a country with deep struggles and divides through race, violence, and poverty; I am continuously sheltered from these experiences because of my privilege  Last weekend, our program organized a trip to Gugulethu- a township cr

May 21, 2017

           As winter has officially begun in South Africa, and warm days are seldom and well missed, to say our Spring Break was long-awaited is an understatement. We started our Spring Break with a two-hour flight to Kruger National Park, the largest game reserve in South Africa.

April 29, 2017

I never appreciated the fearless, invigorating feeling of joy until I lived in South Africa. It sometimes feels as if I had been half-appreciating and half-loving the beauty of the world until now.

April 10, 2017

It is so easy to fall in love with South Africa, looking at each day through rose-colored lenses.

March 26, 2017

When I think of my life over the past three weeks the word that keeps coming to mind is overwhelmed. I am completely overwhelmed by the beauty of this country. Beauty that I am stunned can even exist in this world. Beauty so striking, it demands your attention.

February 25, 2017

To think that in less than 24 hours, I will be mid-flight on a 19-hour flight from JFK to Cape Town International Airport is hard to wrap my head around. After a 72-day long winter break, feeling "ready" to go to South Africa is an understatement.