This month we’re highlighting alums who are exploring (and changing!) the world. A few of our alums have either recently had or will soon have the opportunity to travel beyond their campus to experience life abroad.
For the fall, Tanaya Cardenales (DP18, Connecticut College) got to spend the whole semester in Peru. She visited well-known cities like Cusco and Lima, but took her travels to new heights (literally) when she made her way up the Andes Mountain to Machu Picchu! “It was just amazing to see the structure of this place and hear the history behind it. To think that a 6'5 ft person rolled or possibly carried a rock that weighed a ton up a mountain to create this place blew my mind,” she said.
Earlier this semester, Anita Ntem (DP18, Bryn Mawr College) shared a similar awe-filled journey as she ventured to Japan! Her trip was centered around analyzing ‘mindfulness’ and how physical environments impact our behavior and emotional responses. She experienced two drastically different environments: Tokyo, a super-fast-paced urban setting, and Mt. Koya, a simple, tranquil rural setting. She said of her time in Japan: “This experience allowed me to meet people who lived the simplest lives. It made me question how sometimes we make life more complicated than it needs to be.”
Finally, during this upcoming winter break Akeda Riley (DP18, Boston College) will be off to Honduras on a service trip to make education more accessible! She will be assisting in the construction of a school located in an underserved community. According to Akeda: "We want to aid the fight against extreme poverty and violence through education and youth empowerment," continuing, "Making a difference can be something as simple as giving someone that lives in poverty hope. Hope for a system that could make social justice less of a theory or idea and more of a reality."