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Photo by Catherine Von Holt, Nepal Semester.


Hey everyone! My name is Travis Tavoso and I’m from Ridgewood, NJ. I’m 18, and I graduated from high school this spring. I decided I was going to take this year off a couple years ago when one of my older brothers took a similar trip with Rustic Pathways, and came back with glowing reviews.

I wrestled and played lacrosse in high school, and I’m going to continue to wrestle in college. Today is my birthday, so I figure there’s not a better way to describe myself than saying what I do on a day that I do what I want. After a fun night of course, I went golfing in the morning, but got home in time for NFL kickoff at 1. Right now its 5pm, and I’ve been watching football all day except for a little nap break. Later I’ll go to dinner with my family and eat enough steak until I want to go to sleep. While I look forward to being away from these things so I can grow as a person, I am still coping with the idea of missing a full season of football. By the way I am an obnoxious Eagles fan, and I will argue with you if you think anyone else if better. Other than that I look forward to meeting all of you, and I’m sure we’ll have a great trip.

PS. A Dragons Admin emailed me and asked me to be the student travel leader for our group. My responsibilities are to take a picture of our group at JFK, and make sure flights are on time so we make our connection. I also have to hold everyone’s passport while we are traveling. Yes, that last one scares me too.

– Yes, in that picture I am wearing a onesie with a jersey on top. Anything goes at the super bowl though.

Travis Tavoso