I never thought whilst being immersed in a new culture I’d feel so in my element. In Cuba, I was thriving - dancing every morning, feeling affirmed in my Yoruba identity while learning about Afro-Cuban art, dance, and music, meeting hip hop and social activist duo grupo Obsesión, reflecting, and becoming friends with other students and local Cubans. Recently I was told that a person has friends for a ‘reason, a season, or a lifetime.’ I’m convinced the friendships I made and what I experienced and felt in this beautiful country, will be with me for a lifetime. Thank you parents and CGIS for this life-changing opportunity!