Student Spotlight - Tori
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Student Spotlight – Tori

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Hearing about KinoSol’s trips to Africa is great, but do you know what’s even better? Hearing it straight from our students. So here is our second student spotlight featuring Tori! She is a junior majoring in MIS (or management of information systems for us non-techy folks) at Iowa State University. Tori is here today to share a few takeaways from her recent KinoSol trip to Uganda, Africa.

Do you have any future career plans?

Not sure yet.

Why did you want to come on this trip?

I wanted to come on the trip because the previous year I developed a new interest in entrepreneurship. After meeting with entrepreneurs in the United States and in Europe in the past, I heard of the Uganda program. I decided this was the perfect opportunity to see what entrepreneurship looked like in developing countries. I also thought traveling to Africa seemed pretty cool. 

What was one of your favorite memories from the trip?

Making lunch/dinner with Paul and his family was so fun. It was fun getting the chance to make the foods there, especially samosas. The amount of time it took to make each dish was much more significant than I expected, but of course, we made a lot of food to feed everyone there. It was fun interacting with the children. We danced with them and enjoyed snacking on pineapples and mangos. 

What is one of the most “African” thing you saw, experienced, or heard?

Almost 30 people driving down the road in the back of a pickup. One dude was holding a goat. Pretty dope. There were banners along the street hung upside down. Oh, and there were a couple of kids throwing rocks at a hippo.

What lessons did you learn while on this trip?

Hand sanitizer is life.  

Any advice for future students that travel with KinoSol?

Do all the things!  Keep an open mind and have new experiences, whether it’s getting your hair braided, going to the hot springs, or eating grasshoppers. These things shape your character, a part of your life if you utilize it. It gives you more to jump with, to be able to say “Yeah I did that”. How incredible that is.

Tori’s smiles and sense of humor made our November trip to Uganda a ton of fun! So thanks, Tori, for sharing in this student spotlight and thank you for reading! If you want to hear more about Tori’s time in-country, check out this blog post! Likewise, if you want to find out more about traveling with KinoSol, contact us! And don’t forget to tune in next week to read our newest post!

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