I have always been a person who loves to travel. Ever since I was a little girl, my family and I have been traveling whenever, and wherever, we can. Each time that I go to a new city, state, country, etc., I find that I learn something new about myself through the differences I notice between my life experience everyday and the experiences of the locals.
One of the best parts of visiting a new place is seeing things you could never have imagined. Travel gives you a chance to step outside of yourself if you can really open up to the culture of the people and places around you. One of the most interesting things though, is that eventually, even though there are so many differences between the cultures of the world, there are also many similarities. Each time I am immersed in a new place, I take something away that I can apply to my own life. This is why I was so intrigued with the backpacking program at Creighton: my love of travel and of the cultures of the world.
For as long as I can remember, I have planned on studying abroad in college. I always believed we have to take opportunities whenever we can if we want to experience amazing moments in our lives. As I got older, I realized that my other passions in life were photography and the written word. I was always that kid that asked for stacks of books for every birthday and took approximately three times as many photographs of buildings and flowers as everyone else I knew. When I saw that the backpacking program would give me a chance to include all three of my passions in one trip, I knew there was no other program that I would want to participate in more.
As the day of departure for Alaska grows nearer and our prep classes begin, I find myself thinking back to all of the other times that I have traveled to new places. Class discussion has led me to consider what it is that I find so fascinating about the cultures of the world. To me, there is nothing I would love more than to discover everything I can from those I meet in my life travels and to help share their stories and their culture wherever I go. I hope that I can absorb as much as I can in my time in Alaska by really taking to heart their traditions and culture so that I can share in their experiences and world view.