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Photo by Kendall Marianacci, Nepal Semester.

Student Introduction– Izzy

Howdy, all.

…okay, yeah, I’m never saying ‘howdy’ again. I’m from Maryland, right next to D.C., so that’s not really our thing. Let me try that again.


Hi, all. I’m Izzy Friedland. I graduated just a few weeks ago, and couldn’t ask for a better experience to look forward to. I’ve been to other countries– Japan, China, and Israel– but never for as long or as intensely as I hope to with all of you. Many of you grew up with mountains in your backyards. I grew up with my perfectly level backyard seeming pretty mountainous. Trekking is going to be a new experience for me, and almost definitely the most foreboding, but it’s also the challenge I most look forward to overcoming.

Alternatively, I might just collapse mid-hike, which is another valid method of dealing with difficult situations.

I’m a big reader, which you could probably guess from the Kindle question. I also love telling stories, particularly through writing. Most of all, then, I’m excited to tell ours.

Looking forward to it, and also very scared but hey what else is new,