Growing up in an average town in Massachusetts my whole life, I lived in a pretty small bubble. I am still close with the kids I met in elementary school and everyone pretty much knows everyone. We all lived pretty homogeneous lives and I never knew any different.
As I went off to college I knew I wanted to meet new people and learn about the different perspectives they had on life. This is a majority of the reason behind which I decided to attend such a large university. I wanted to be in an environment where I was not only learning in the classroom but in every interaction I had while there.
Choosing to join the largest club on my university’s campus, the Ski and Board Club, truly molded me into the young woman I am today. Each person has their own unique background, interests, major, and the brightest future I could ever imagine for them. The single common denominator we all share is that we enjoy being up in the mountains.
Being able to learn about these people’s lives has inspired me deeply to continue learning everyday from those around me. This desire has prompted me to travel to learn more about the people around this beautiful world. Everyone across the globe has a new story to tell and a new lesson to teach.
This fall I will be spending the semester studying abroad in Amsterdam. Learning both in the classroom and as I travel. A completely new place. Not knowing anyone. Not speaking the language. Yet ready embrace it all.