Shannon Grimes, Cameroon
My time in Cameroon was not what I expected, but exactly what I wanted. The literature and history of Cameroon that we studied with the Middlebury program provided us profound insights on the non-dits ingrained in Cameroonian culture. I had long arguments about marriage with my host father, cooked in giant pots outside with my mother, and had my hair done by my sisters. I had malaria, saw hundreds of monkeys in parks, and fell in love with the trees. Spending Christmas week in a village showed me the Africa I had imagined, but everyday life with Cameroonian friends (who helped me overcome the language barrier) indicated that I could stay in this world for life if I chose.