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Namaste

Photo by Stew Motta, India Semester.

Friends at Harpeth,

How wonderful it is to welcome you to your Harpeth Hall and Where There Be Dragons Yak Board for “India: Gender and Empowerment.”

It may seem like the fall semester just began, yet December is fast-approaching! In just a few months you’ll trade the Great Smoky Mountains for the endless desert sands of India’s state of Rajasthan. Soon you’ll find yourself bouncing back and forth between time and place as you learn about India’s dynamic political history, rich ethnic diversity, and the interplay between development and tradition. You’ll spend days and nights with the community at Vatsalya who will take you in as their own upon meeting you; you’ll work with your hands and connect with the same earth that has nourished thousands of generations; you’ll eat new things, laugh with new friends, and make sense of the experience in your own wonderful way.

And alongside you, you’ll find that this Yak board will be a powerful forum that weaves together a vibrant narrative of the collective journey you’ll be on with your Harpeth-Dragons community from the pre-course days, well into the field, and even after.

We are thrilled to be a part of your experience in India. To make it real, the first thing we are asking of you is an introduction. You may be well-acquainted with your peers on this course, but you may not know the expectations, excitement, goals, curiosities, and fears of your classmates, instructors, and teachers. This forum will provide the space and support to share these things. And you’ll be amazed looking back at the end of the course and witnessing the ways you’ve grown and changed in just a couple of weeks!

We are overjoyed to follow along with your adventure.

Love,

The Dragons Administration Team