Hometown: Chesapeake Beach, Md.
Study abroad semester and location: Spring 2013, Indonesia.
What was the best meal you had abroad? Nasi goreng. It is basically an Indonesian version of fried rice. Very spicy but so good.
What were the three most important things you packed in your suitcase and why? Yoga mat. Bali is filled with yogis from all over the world. It was amazing to practice with so many great people; a camera--Bali is gorgeous! I had to capture every moment; and an iPod Touch. This was my best friend while I was abroad. There are so many free apps that I used to stay in touch with my friends and family. It made being 20,000 miles away from home so much easier.
Why was it important to you, as a minority student, to study abroad? I wanted to make sure I saw the world for myself. I think there are so many negative preconceptions of how certain people and cultures interact with each other. These can easily become ingrained in a person’s mind and prevent people from seeing the places they desire. I wanted to have my own experiences and make my own conclusions about the world instead of having someone tell me about theirs.
How will your study abroad experience be beneficial to you in the future? Traveling abroad is a great resume booster. Not only does it make people perceive you as more cultured, it sets you apart from other applicants.
Some words of advice for other minorities who want to study abroad: Learn how to conquer your fears. So many minorities fear travel because they don’t want to face any racism. Traveling abroad is such a rewarding experience. You will have memories that will last you a lifetime. Don’t make a big deal out of things you can’t control.