My study abroad experience in Cape Town is one that I wouldn't trade for the world. I met some absolutely brilliant people that I'm still close with today and got to explore with a level of independence that I'm sorely missing. My favorite part of the program was by far the period of independent study that we were allotted that allowed me to explore the city on my own. I met a lot of great people during that month as it was the only time I really had the free time to explore. The first couple of months are full of shifting homestays and rigorous academic content that kept me busy but did ultimately prepare me for that last month and left me feeling a lot more comfortable and familiar in the city.