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Trek View on Nepal: Himalayan Studies Gap Year Semester with Where There Be Dragons

Laura

Greetings!

I’ve been procrastinating writing this post for a while. What do you write to someone who is a stranger at this point, but will soon form your family? I don’t know. But I’ll give it a try!

My name is Laura and I just graduated last May from the University of Wisconsin – La Crosse (the city, not the sport). I majored in Exercise & Sport Science and minored in Professional Writing. What do you do with an ESS degree? Go to grad school. So last summer I applied for the Physical Therapy Program at La Crosse as I’d been planning to do for what seems like forever. I only applied to one program and decided if I didn’t get in, I would take a gap year. I started imagining what a gap year might look like… I would live in a different country, learn to speak a new language, and do lots of backpacking & biking.

When I got the email saying I was accepted to the program, I was almost disappointed. No gap year. Then I started thinking, what if I take a gap year anyway? I spent an hour drafting a one-paragraph email to the admissions director very politely declining the spot at UW-La Crosse and asking what my options were. When I got the response, I was beyond thrilled to find that I could defer enrollment for a year and start in May 2018. Deal. I decided to take a gap year!

Why Nepal? I have no idea. Maybe it was the mountains, maybe the culture. I just have a feeling it’s where I should go (insert John Muir quote here).

I’m excited (and slightly nervous) to embark on this journey with each and every one of you!

See you SOON!
Laura Berry

PS – The picture up top is me on graduation day with my one and only sister. She’s who I’ll miss the most during my year abroad.