My time in Argentina thus far has been undoubtedly one of the greatest adventures of my life.. It's very easy when you live in a small town in the U.S. like Emory to lose the idea of how big the rest of the world really is. However, my trip to Buenos Aires (pop. 2.8 million) has proven to be a wake-up call and a day-by-day learning experience for the three months that I've been here. We're not the only ones out there, guys. Take a leap. Get out of your comfort zone. Learn a language. Travel the world. You'll be glad you did.
The photograph is of me during my semester in
the Amazon with the National Outdoor Leadership School. I'm swinging from the
lianas of a Sumaúma tree during our one week bushwhacking section through the
rainforest. It sounds pretty untraditional, and by most study abroad standards
it probably is, but the things I learned during my three months amid the heat,
humidity, and hordes of mosquitoes were the things that truly changed my life.
Because of my semester in the Amazon, I grew more confident and more aware
about the issues surrounding our planet. I feel that our respect for and
responsibility to protect the natural world is something that will play an
important role in our future.