Author Archives: Caitlin Fross

About Caitlin Fross

Caitlin Fross is a junior in the School of Foreign Service, majoring in Science, Technology and International Affairs, with a concentration in Global Health. This fall she will be studying abroad through CIEE at Suffolk University in Dakar, Senegal. Outside of school Caitlin enjoys playing soccer, squash, running, reading and relaxing with friends. This semester she is looking forward to exploring a new country and culture and hopefully doing some traveling on the side.

Home at Last: Final Reflections

Today marks the eighteenth day since my flight landed in Logan airport and already my sojourn in Senegal has begun to feel a bit like a dream.  During my last week in Western Africa, my program director stressed repeatedly that … Continue reading

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Tabaski

When I woke this past Saturday morning it was to shouts and the sounds of complete chaos in the courtyard right outside my window.  Hurrying to dress I threw open my door only to pull up short – several unfamiliar … Continue reading

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The Other Side of Life

At the beginning of November I set out to spend a week with a Peace Corps Volunteer living 10 hours from Dakar in rural Senegal.  I hopped on a seven-seat sedan, a rickety metal bus, a small wooden boat and … Continue reading

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Discovering Little America

This weekend I made a discovery: I found out where all of the Americans hide out in Dakar.  I had heard that there is a sizable Western community in the city, but over the past two months I had only … Continue reading

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from Dakar to Paris and back again

The Senegalese diet consisting primarily of fish, I had resolved not to touch a single one while spending my October break in France. My mother, not having spent the last two months in Dakar, had no such qualms and so … Continue reading

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Status: It’s Complicated

I was sitting on a concrete bench, amidst peanut shells and water packets, watching two Senegalese soccer teams fight it out in front of a crazed crowd when the player collapsed.  The match had just ended, with a decisive penalty … Continue reading

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A Tubab in Dakar

Last weekend I visited the small island of Gorée with the rest of the students from my CIEE Program and, after having been to all three Museums, many of us decided to make the trek to the top of the … Continue reading

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Life After the Flood

Having been in Dakar for about two weeks I now have a new name, family, language and culture.  I’m still reeling from this sudden change but as the dust settles and I find my bearings allow me to try to … Continue reading

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Preparing for Dakar

My flight for Dakar, Senegal leaves in 10 hours and I have just finished packing – truly I leave things down to the wire. I am incredibly excited to explore a new country and a new culture and can’t wait … Continue reading

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