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Photo by Sampor Burke, Mekong Semester.



My name is Mahler. I’m from Norwich, Vermont and I’ve lived there all my life. I’ve traveled to many places including Mexico, France, St. Lucia and this summer I was in Denmark visiting a friend. I decided to take a gap year because I needed a break from sitting in a classroom. I enjoy learning don’t get me wrong, but I was sick of the daily grind. There wasn’t a lot of excitement or first hand learning from my perspective. I actually didn’t decide I wanted to take a year off until mid-winter but I’m so glad I made that decision. I’m looking forward to our homestays. I am excited to be a part of a completely different culture and get to witness it on a very intimate level. I’m also excited for the trekking. Hiking and backpacking are some of my favorite hobbies. I grew up hiking in the White Mountains of New Hampshire and can’t wait to be hiking in the Himalayas and trekking next to the Mekong. Along with hiking, I play soccer, ice hockey, and lacrosse and I snowboard in the winter when I don’t have hockey.