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When I was an undergraduate at UNL I read about an amazing place called Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. It was a lake town ringed by mountains with lots of hiking, biking, and snowshoeing. It was all I could think of, and I decided then that I would move there someday. I envisioned me opening up my own bicycle shop and maybe even a micro-brewery. But the next semester I took a class where the professor told me about studying abroad, and just like that my aspirations changed. I spent a semester in the Czech Republic and followed it with a summer riding European rails. Since then I’ve lived and worked in several countries. I studied aikido in Japan, taught English to Tibetan monks in the Himalayas, learned how to scuba dive in the Red Sea, studied miniature painting in Rajasthan, ran with the bulls in Spain, watched the sun rise over Cambodian temples, and played sitar on the banks of the Ganges River in India. And it all happened because I first studied abroad.
I love talking about traveling, teaching ESL, and meeting with students who are interested in beginning their own study abroad adventures. I truly feel that studying and traveling abroad has the power to fundamentally change who we are and how we think. There’s too much to see, learn, and experience in the world to spend it all in one spot. Challenge yourself and go for it! That’s my plan. Maybe someday I’ll even make it to Idaho.