Bachelor of Arts, International Studies and East Asian Languages and Cultures, Miami University
Before entering college, I was fortunate enough to have several travel experiences under my belt. I had the opportunity to visit Andros Island in the Bahamas where I learned about marine biology and ecology, I visited my high school's partner institutions and studied Mandarin in Tangshan, Shanghai, and Beijing China, and I learned about arts and culture in Rome and Sorrento, Italy and Athens and Delphi, Greece.
As a student at Miami University, I studied abroad twice! My first experience was spending a semester at MUDEC, Miami's campus in Differdange, Luxembourg. Besides studying European history, politics, and culture in a 16th century castle, I got to spend every weekend in a new country. Later, I participated in Miami in Oman & UAE, a faculty-led program to Muscat, Abu Dhabi, and Dubai where I learned how Arab culture and Islam have shaped the Arabian Gulf's business structures and economies.
Because of the international experience Miami University offered me as an undergraduate, I felt confident to travel solo for six weeks after graduation. I visited England, Belgium, Switzerland, Italy, Slovenia, Croatia, and Montenegro. Although it was difficult at times, I was rewarded with the most wonderful experiences and growth. I visited my 22nd country at age 22!
- Challenge yourself to do something alone. Whether it's getting a meal by yourself or spending a day (or several!) exploring a new place, it's important to do things on your own terms, too!
- Keep a journal! During my travels I've made a point to carry a notebook where I paste paper tickets, receipts, or postcards between scribbles of my thoughts, feelings, and memories. You'll never worry about going over budget or having an overweight bag with this souvenir. Plus, I have a feeling we'll all be grateful to look back through the pages and relive our experiences in such a personal way.