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

Howdy Y’all!

Hey team! I’m Casey Carrell, I’m 22 years old, and I still get Legos for Christmas.

I come from Monroe, Georgia, and I just graduated from Furman University this May. I might be getting a bit of a late start on my gap year, but I am incredibly excited and fortunate to be spending this fall with y’all in Nepal!

So I spent most of my years growing up on a farm in rural Monroe alongside exotic parrots, alpaca, and water buffalo. I went to the same small school for 13 years (kindergarten through twelfth grade) before moving to Greenville, South Carolina, for college. At Furman, I was the school mascot, I served on the student activities board, I performed with the musical theater troupe, and I graduated with a degree in biology. Once upon a time, I wanted to go to medical school and become a physician, but I changed my mind towards the middle of senior year and I have decided to take the first year after graduation to pursue my other passions and interests. After Nepal, I hope to spend a few months volunteering with the Corrymeela Community in Ballycastle, Northern Ireland (I am actually in the middle of the application process now – wish me luck!) and, eventually, settle down into job or graduate program back in the U.S.

Admittedly, I am struggling to pack lightly, but I hope to bring a couple of books with me for this journey. Aside from a couple of journals, I plan on bringing The Count of Monte Cristo (a classic that I have been meaning to check off my bucket list) and The Celestine Prophecy (a newer piece that I have already read but hope to discuss and share with the group).

I look forward to meeting you all very soon!