Guadalupe and Martinique Study Abroad Story: Hope Orent

Honors student, Hope Orent, utilized the Honors Funded Travel Scholarship to study abroad in Guadalupe and Martinique this summer. Below is a reflection of Hope’s experience as well as some of her favorite photos from the trip. Thank you for sharing!

“I truly had the time of my life in Guadalupe and Martinique. I had never been outside the United States before and for the first time, I experienced culture shock. I was submerged in a culture completely different than my own and I enjoyed every minute of it!

Guadalupe and Martinique are both stunningly beautiful places in their different ways. On both of the islands, everything from its houses to its plants are very bright and colorful. Because of this, the islands always have a happy feel to them. Even when it was cloudy, color would still show through. One of my favorite experiences was the view when climbing the Gorges de la Falaise waterfalls. I remember looking up and seeing how the sun made the plants look so green against the grey rock. It is a view I will never forget!

I wish I could find the words to explain how much I learned on this trip. Through museums, popular cuisine, and talking to locals, I learned some basic French (and hope to learn more during my time at Ferris) and the culture of the people living on the islands. I also learned that I am much more independent than I thought I was. I can now say I have visited all corners of two fairly unknown islands and I am very grateful for every experience I had. I hope I will be able to return someday!

Thank you so much for contributing to my experience by awarding me the Honors funded travel scholarship. I am thankful for the assistance!”