Small Parting Thoughts

We were told that this trip was meant to be a transformative experience, and now I’ve had about a week to reflect about whether it was. Truth be told, I’m not sure I’d say I’m a different person, although this sort of claim would require some addressing of the nature of identity and what is…

In Conclusion

The Himalayas fulfilled all of my expectations and more. I applied for study abroad because I knew that I wanted to spend my last summer of undergrad doing something that I would never get another opportunity to do. India is one thing, because I’m pretty confident that I will be going back to India someday….

Experiential Education is Awesome

Walking around the same streets as when I left is an interesting experience. No longer do I merely pace by the moving cars, beautiful flowers, or faces of many people, but rather absorb every aspect of my surroundings. Coming back from India, a country so far removed from American civilization has opened my eyes to…

An Overthought

I apologize in advance for the what might be nonsense you are about to read. My last post was just two journal entries that spoke about lessons the nature of a campsite stream made me consider and the inadequacy of language to capture the world as it is. The consideration of the stream referenced a…

From the Classroom to the City to the World to the Workplace

Why did I even go on this crazy trip? Most of it was for the views, to see other cultures, and push myself and expand my comfort zone. But I’d be lying if I said the leadership component didn’t compel me. I have been fortunate enough to been given leadership roles in college, have been…

Experiencing My Own Lessons

Experience is a hard teacher because she gives the test first, the lesson afterward -Vernon Law. One of the reasons I loved this program was because of the experiential learning component. Learning from my own mistakes have produced the most impactful and life long lessons. Here are a few key life-long lessons I learned during…

A Conveniently Relevant Read for the Trek

Mid Morning Day 3: The campsite here has a single stream that separates from itself, then reconvenes at several places, mimicking our own desire to walk separate paths only to reach the place we were to go regardless. While writing I sit at the place where three of these stream branches come together. For what…

Bending the Knee to the Mountains

Our trek into the Himalayas gave me obstacles I have never dealt with and experiences I never thought I would know. Since life kind of works this way, I figure I should preface my experience with the challenges before I move onto the wondrous experiences I had after overcoming these obstacles. It’s impossible to describe…

Becoming a Mountain

Walking these trails you grow stronger, your pain diminishes, returns, then eases once again. Yet, even before you arrive at an expected point of culmination, when you are finally well again, or when you find yourself at the top of a mountain, the story is just the beginning. This quote is from the book Becoming…