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Photo by Kendall Marianacci, Nepal Semester.


Hi everyone! My name is Whitney Merriman. I am from Vail, Colorado and I just graduated this spring. I have lived in Vail for the past seven years but I grew up in Marin County, CA.  I am so excited to be going on this trip. I will attend USC next year but I decided to take a gap year because I want to see places of the world I may never get to go to again. I also just need a break from learning in a classroom environment. Ive been lucky to have traveled to various parts of the world including, Costa Rica, Spain, Italy, France, Chile, Canada, St. Lucia, Mexico and Belize. In high school I ski raced which consumed the majority of my time but I also played soccer and volleyball.

I chose this trip to Nepal because after my first world history class I fell in love with eastern philosophy and cultural studies in general. I also love being in the mountains and exploring new places with new people. After my trip to Nepal I plan to do another Where There Be Dragons trip to India.  Nepal is not like any place I have ever been and I still can’t believe I get the chance to visit. I am so excited to meet all of you!