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

Introduction

Hey everyone! My name is Julia, I’m 18 and I’m from Sacramento, California. I’m so excited to meet all of you! I just graduated from Christian Brothers High School and I am going to attend NYU in the Fall of 2019.

My parents love to travel, so from a young age my sister and I were fortunate enough to visit places all around the world and see other cultures up close. I absolutely loved being able to view the world, but it was always from an outsider perspective, I never truly experienced it. I decided to take a gap year because it’s always been a dream of mine to immerse myself in another culture and push myself out of my comfort zone. I love the idea of Nepal because I’ve always been fascinated by Buddhism, and I’ve also been told it’s one of the most breathtakingly beautiful places in the world. I am also very nervous for college and I think it couldn’t hurt to get some real world experience and gain a little perspective before figuring out what I want to do with the rest of my life. After Nepal, I am going to Costa Rica from early January to late April interning at the Cloud Forest School, practicing Spanish and helping kids in the classroom and with environmental conservation. After that I might spend some time in Europe but that part isn’t really figured out yet so if anyone has any suggestions please let me know!

I love music, art, good food, books, and swimming. I’ve had a job as a swim coach for a recreational swim team near my house the past two summers and it has been so much fun, I love hanging out with kids they are awesome. I’m not sure exactly what I want to do in the future, but I’m planning on majoring in Psychology in college and seeing where that takes me. I recently started taking guitar lessons, I’m not very good but it’s been a lot of fun. As for the program, I’m really excited about the home stay, language and buddhism parts, I’m a little nervous for the trek but it seems like there are a lot of backpackers in this group and I’m looking forward to it!

See you all soon!!

Julia Dudensing