As a Biology major and Chemistry minor, it is incredible to say that I will be studying abroad in Bangkok, Thailand for my Fall semester. My program is called “Courses with Locals in Multiple Disciplines- Mahidol University, Bangkok, Fall 1 2015.” Even though I will definitely experience culture shock, I will do my best to keep to my regular routines as I did at Salve, such as enjoying my days with my friends, continue searching for volunteer work, and doing my absolute best to be a part of my community. It has been such a rollercoaster of emotions and concerns during this whole process just to decide to study abroad. I am grateful for all the support from my friends, family, and Katie McCormack who has made it that much easier to say yes to study abroad in Thailand. I would also like to add that I am a proud recipient of the “Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship and “Salve Study Abroad Endowment Scholarship” which made this dream of mine to become that much more of a reality. My real make-or-break factor to finding the perfect study abroad program was finding a Physics course. Not only did this program offer Physics, it offered different biology electives that Salve does not offer. Also, I have always wanted to travel abroad to primarily continue my volunteer work in underserved communities. Being that Thailand is a newly developed country, I hope to leave some kind of footprint behind, which will make this experience that much more meaningful to both me and the people I will meet. I am excited to try the new foods, make new friends, learn new culture, and embark on this journey with the people I will meet in my program. Only two more days!
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