Erin Jackson
Nevada, USA

To say that my time in Cape Town forever changed my life is an understatement. In all honesty, I was afraid once I landed. I never even been on a plane before, and here I was taking a 22-hour flight to this foreign location. I really didn’t know what to expect! However, I have always thought of myself as different. I wanted to explore, to learn, to live. Although coming to Cape Town was both literally and figuratively out of my comfort zone, I soon made friends, and Cape Town wasn’t so “foreign” anymore. The VAC staff members were so approachable, and their doors were always open (shout out to Vanessa). In addition, the students and staff at my internship site were so passionate and helpful; it really reaffirmed my commitment to the study of Human Rights Law. I got to experience so much in CT, and I wasn’t alone. My loft mates greeted me with open arms, taking the “short walk to freedom” with me at Robbens Island and dancing until dawn at the nightclubs on Long Street. Looking back, it all seems like a beautiful dream. My only regret is that I wish I could have stayed longer than five weeks. However, I know I’ll be back. Until then, goodbye for now Cape Town!