Transformation

My post trek goal is to be transformed from the experience. I was asked during the program weather i had been transformed by the experience. I did not put much thought in to the response until i had some time to reflect. Now my answer is no not yet. While i may have implemented some…

Never stop learning

My trekking experience through the Himalayas of Northern India provided me with an extreme amount of learning. Lots of this learning came through the guided reflection that our group took part in every day. Hearing six other prospectives on the events of each day provided me with a lot of prospective on other people feelings…

Do I have to go back inside?

I am certain that I will be thinking about the past 12 days of my life for years to come. Our journey started near the base of the Rupin River Valley when we were dropped off by a few Jeeps. Our fresh crew eagerly pitched out tents and settled in to our sleeping bags early….

Final Reflection

Needed a little extra time to gather my thoughts for this one I guess! Being outside of the country for the first time in a long time (6 years) I feel as though I have gotten a better understanding of what life is like outside of my little bubble in the US. Although it was…

I hate goodbyes.

For the past two years now I haven’t spent more than 4 months at a time in the same location. I have been alternating between school in Pennsylvania, my co-op in West Virginia, study abroad in India, and now my internship in Alabama. Each time I move I have to say goodbye all over again…

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…

Back at home

While it is nice to be back at home for the summer, I am incredibly grateful for my study abroad adventure in the Himalayas. Not only did I have an unbelievable amount of fun, but I feel as though this program provided a platform for personal, academic, and professional growth.  Having the opportunity to earn…

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…